Clearing the decks.
Two quick hits today: John Clayton, bad GM; random pro-day draft prospect biases.
Clayton proposes bad deal for Dolphins.
So let me get this straight: Clayton is pimping a deal for the Dolphins to replace their anchor LT, Jake Long, with an under-achieving 28 year old on a one year 9.8mm contract that they’ll have to figure out a way to extend against their hopelessly back-loaded cap structure. And on top of the huge contract that the Dolphins can’t afford, they should give up one of their second round picks?
There is a better solution we’ll get to, but first:
What do you mean ‘back-loaded contract structure’ Kanick?
You heard that the Dolphins signed Mike Wallace for 60mm, right? Ellerbe for 35mm? But did you notice that both of those contracts are carrying only 1mm against their cap this year? What happens to the rest of the contract?
It gets pushed out, of course. Check out how the 2013 ‘all-in’ contract shenanigans will affect the Dolphins’ 2014 contract sitch to the left. –>
Get the idea? Re-signing/extending Branden Albert might be a bitch. John Clayton. Ass.
But Clayton is correct that the Dolphins’ two second round picks could become most useful. As we reviewed in our piece last week, the Dolphins could also do this:
Browns’ #6 and #68 (3rd) for Dolphins’ #12, #42 (2nd), and #82 (3rd).
In so doing, they can be assured a top 10 LT (from the Joeckel/Fisher/Johnson crop) and sign him to a rookie contract. In other words: for the same draft pick and less money the Dolphins can get a comparable/better/younger LT by swapping picks with the Browns.
Meantime, we get the CB we want (Xavier Rhodes) and who knows what TE (Eifert??) might slip into the middle of the second round.
Let’s bang this drum.
John Clayton: get your head out of your ass.
Miscellaneous draft prospect chatter.
Walter Football is tracking the pro days here. Some memory is being jogged looking through these. Here’s some random takes on the names so far. Will have a part two on this at the end of the month.
Tyler Wilson. I prefer to go to war with Weeden and whatever can be picked up cheaply. (Unless it’s Mallett whom I support picking up with a 4th rounder.) But if forced to choose between Tyler Bray and Tyler Wilson, I take Wilson.
Vance McDonald. 6’5″ tight end, runs 4.67, benches 31. Those are Gronk numbers except the bench reps which are considerably higher.
Joseph Fauria. 6’7″ tight end; ought to be a red zone contributor at worst.
Johnathan Franklin. No way really the Browns take a RB in the 3rd, but Franklin will be a good back.
Ray Ray Armstrong. Here’s your beast safety. 6’3″/216, 4.69. I’ll have to look into why he’s just a 6th round or worse projection… something askew here.
Damontre Moore. Got his bench reps up to 19 from the combine 12 disaster. Do not want. We good for Defensive Tackles? Yeah, we good. Ryan Swope. Looks like a pretty good slot guy if you can get him in the fourth.
Jake Stoneburner. His 40 came in at 4.52 in Columbus. Who saw that coming? He and Fauria are worth a look on day three.
Jamie Collins. Don’t sleep on him. Krupka praised Collins in this DBN piece. I think I’d take him over Rambo in the third if he’s there.
Corey Lemonier. He wasn’t Margus Hunt, but he was the closest thing to Hunt at the combine with a combo of speed and strength.
DeAndre Hopkins. Love this guy. Was money in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl. He’s not getting due acclaim, imo. Still, hard to see the Browns winding up with him. He shouldn’t be around in the third and I just don’t want to invest another draft pick in a WR.
Ricky Wagner. What happened to you man? Three years ago you were my favorite o-lineman.
Ty Powell. He *looked* like a baller at the combine and no I can’t really explain it better than that.
Missy St. Jonathan Banks. Everyone like Banks. Everyone likes that build: 6’2″ 186. But I cannot get past his Egg Bowl disaster. I mean disaster. Donte Moncrief owned him to the tune of 7 recs/173 yds/3 TDs. Bo Wallace (luv Bo Wallace) rolled up 5 TDs. Do not want. Do not want you, Jonathan Banks, as my new Browns CB.
Banks is #13 for Clanga in the following clip. Not all Moncrief’s work was on Banks, but a lot was. The first TD Banks bites on a play action. Moncrief’s 3rd TD is a simple post. But maybe the worst is at 2:45: Bo Wallace breaks the pocket in a scramble and runs right past him.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XftX3pWFs7w?rel=0&w=560&h=315]