I don’t know the exact player the Dolphins should draft. I’m not certain of the position he should play. I don’t recommend a player from one college over another. Junior or Senior? Who cares.
What IS IMPORTANT is that we come out of the draft with some winners. By that, I mean a winning attitude. A ferocious competitor. A guy who’ll cut off a finger or a toe to get ready for game day. A guy who will fight tooth and nail for the ball.
Give me a fighter like that with mediocre skills, and I’ll take him any day of the week over a prima donna who’s faster and stronger.
Let’s look at the last few first-round Dolphins as an example of who we should NOT draft.
2017, Charles Harris. Not a bad player, but did we see any fire from him all season long? Did we need yet another defensive end to begin with, since we already had about 30 of them on the roster? Did he do ANYTHING all year long to show us he will be a beast for years to come? NO…instead, we got a guy who did what was asked of him and quietly played football as he was assigned. Nothing special.
2016, Laremy Tunsil. It’s too early to tell about his physical abilities, but as far as that crucial, winning determination, I haven’t seen it. He’s had a lot of distractions that he could have used to fuel a mean attitude, but it has not happened. He could have used the drug video as an inspiration to come out with a vengeance and block his opponents into next week, but no. He fell down in the shower and had to miss games. Did he come back twice as hungry the following week? No.
2015, DeVante Parker. I don’t even know where to begin with this bum. There have been worse Miami Dolphins over the years. But never has there been such a horrible player who the coaches defend and make excuses for. No matter how many passes he drops or interceptions he causes or jump balls that he is too lazy to even try for, the coaching staff says it’s because he’s has a sore foot. No! It is because he lacks desire. Lack of desire causes lack of effort. Lack of effort causes losses. He waits for the ball to float down to him (instead of going up to snatch it) worse than anyone else I’ve ever seen…let alone for a first-round pick. He drops wide open passes in the open field like no one I’ve ever seen. His lack of effort is appalling, and it’s made infuriating when the coaches make excuses for him.
2014, Ja’Wuan James. A really nice guy and a good player. But determination, attitude, never-say-lose attitude? I’ve never seen it.
2013, Dion Jordan. As I’ve said many times, Dion did not start taking ecstasy and other drugs after he got drafted. He was a partier all along, and many NFL scouts knew it. The Dolphins, however, did no homework. To make matters worse, we actually traded up to get this joker, sacrificing valuable draft picks to move up and draft a man who was only in it for the weed.
2012, Ryan Tannehill. I’ve never doubted his toughness, and he throws a nice ball when protected. But his winning attitude is nonexistent. He came into the NFL without even knowing what conference the Dolphins and Patriots were in. He’s not a student of the game–or of winning. I’m still waiting for the first time he shows some emotion or tries to fire his men up. He’s an athlete, but not a leader.
2011, Mike Pouncey. When he wasn’t nursing a sore hip, defending Aaron Hernandez, or bullying his fellow teammates, Pouncey was an adequate center. But a fierce competitor who will defy a doctor’s suggestion and get out there to win at all costs?
Jarvis Landry is the last Dolphin to display the tenacity we need, but he couldn’t keep it in check. Is there anyone else on the roster who exhibits the passion I’m talking about? I haven’t seen it. Our head coach certainly has none of it. Stephen Ross? Oh, please!