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Dolphins Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
2nd- Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
4th- Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian
6th- Charles Clay, TE, Tulsa
7th- Jimmy Wilson, S, Montana

Synopsis: The Dolphins hoped to land a quarterback if the right one was available, but also needed to upgrade their interior offensive line and skill positions. Miami was unable to sustain scoring drives last year and wanted to prioritize their production on offense heading into the offseason.

Best Selection: Mike Pouncey. As long as Pouncey stays healthy there’s no reason to believe he won’t be anchoring Miami’s offensive line for many years to come. When evaluating games of Florida from two seasons ago there were times where Mike looked quicker off the ball then his brother Maurkice. Both have Pro Bowl skills.

Biggest Risk:
Passing on Ryan Mallett. According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins said they tried to trade up ahead of New England to select the Arkansas quarterback but were unable to execute the trade. Yet, they had two opportunities to grab him before then. The Miami Herald quoted one front office executive saying that, “He [Mallett] is going to be a good quarterback”. I agree. It just won’t be in Miami.

Sleeper: Edmund Gates. Anytime you draft a receiver who measures 6 foot and can run a 4.4 40 yard dash, there’s plenty of potential. Gates will have no trouble challenging deep coverage, allowing Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess to work the intermediate routes.

Grade: B
General manager Jeff Ireland accomplished his goal of adding players around incumbent quarterback Chad Henne to help him take the next step. Both Mike Pouncey and Daniel Thomas should be on the field from day one.

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