For Miami Dolphins, Drafting Miami Hurricanes Is Too Little, Too Late
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking
madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech,
gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke
gives an F to the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes
underclassmen who left school for the NFL draft.
As much I've put the Miami Dolphins on
blast for not drafting more Miami Hurricanes players, I don't think
taking Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller in the NFL Draft will help the team win more games. Sure, it restored the South Florida community's faith in the
organization, but the Dolphins need
a lot of work to get back to the Super Bowl.
First of all, Ryan Tannehill is not the next Dan Marino. He is a project who got drafted because of his buddy-buddy relationship with his old coach and current Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Tannehill was a full-time wide receiver who became a part-time quarterback. In the Big 12 conference, opposing teams nicknamed Tannehill "Pick Six."
The Dolphins would have been better off using the first-round pick on a playmaker at wide receiver, because general manager Jeff Ireland traded away the team's best wide receiver, Brandon Marshall. And it's not like Matt Moore, the Dolphins QB for much of last season, played horribly.
All the football experts said the Hurricanes underclassmen wouldn't go in the first, second, or third rounds. These kids went out and bought themselves and their family members luxury cars believing they would sign million-dollar contracts. Now they are in the red because the contracts being offered to players drafted in the third round or later are much smaller.
They should have listened to Hurricanes football coach Al Golden, who has proven himself as a gentleman and a scholar. He was right when he said they needed another year in college. With those players, the Hurricanes had a real shot at the national championship, which would have raised their stock in next year's draft.
Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.
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