Every single year it seems, without fail, we hear the same old stories in Dolphins camp that we don’t necessarily hear from other teams.
This time around, it’s the usual July-August stories about all the Dolphins who are under the radar.
I’ve barely heard a word about first-round pick Christian Wilkins. Our star QB, Josh Rosen, is under-performing and not making any notable strides. So our two star acquisitions are floundering away, but we keep hearing about the undrafted rookies. Same old tale from Dolphinsland, every year.
Undrafted discards WR Preston Williams and OG Deion Calhoun are apparently mesmerizing coaches in practice. It’s a nice story. Good players are good players, no matter where they are drafted (or not drafted at all). However, this annual Dolphins tradition needs to change. Can’t we, for once, have our 1st rounder be the stud of camp? The guy the whole league is watching? The guy who’s playing beyond his age and looking like a pro from day one?
Last year, Minkah showed some promise and he had a good rookie year. But he was certainly no stud. 2nd round pick Mike Gesicki is a bust. He’s not gonna get better or amount to anything. That’s why Flores was smart enough to keep Nick O’Leary on the squad. The years before Minkah and Mike were filled with other busts, including Charles Harris, Dion Jordan, Isaac Asiata, and of course the ultimate bust DeVante Parker.
In each of those years, some unknown undrafted guy has outperformed the highly touted first and second round pick.
Poor coaching, poor scouting, poor decision-making? It’s hard to pinpoint the reasons for these annual devastating picks. I know…it’s early. Wilkins and Rosen may be studs, but when the head coach doesn’t even mention his studs and instead focuses on guys who no one else ever heard of, it’s a little depressing.
No matter how good Calhoun and Williams are, they shouldn’t be overshadowing the team’s biggest investments.
And yet the are…