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April 24, 2010

Dolphins' draft grade? You're saying B, maybe C-plus (with poll)

GRADING THE 2010 DOLPHINS DRAFT: Poll remains open, but plenty enough votes are in to call it a final B grade leaning downward to C-plus, and I think you all are pretty much on the mark. I say B-leaning-C-plus because B is the most popular grade by far but C votes comfortably outnumber A votes. Roughly one-third of Dolfans are judging this draft as average or below; that's substantial. For what it's worth, Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN grades Miami a C-minus, calling it "Jared Odrick and the rest." Says second pick Koa Misi will need time to adjust from DE to OLB, and says some of the other picks are reaches. (Again, for what it's worth...)

Original post: I know, I know, I know. It takes a year or two and sometimes longer to fully, fairly judge any team's draft. Yada yada yada. The thing is, this isn't a history book or an encyclopedia here, it's the Internet. This blog traffics in immediacy, and therefore please feel-free to grade the Dolphins' draft without apprehension or guilt. It's OK, because:

This provides an initial gut reaction, that's all. We all understand that. Mel Kiper Jr. doesn't wait two years to offer an opinion; why should you?  Derive your grade from the quality of players drafted based on what you know, from how well the team targeted and filled areas of need, from what transpired compared to what could have (such as players they might have had but passed up); and just from how the whole thing feels to you compared to what your reasonable expectations were going in.

Here is the bounty you are grading:

1R---Penn State DT Jared Odrick; 2R---Utah OLB Koa Misi; 3R---Mississippi OG John Jerry; 4R---Iowa OLB A.J. Edds; 5R---Maryland CB Nolan Carroll; 5R---Georgia S Reshad Jones; 7R---Middle Tennessee State OLB Chris McCoy; and 7R---Ohio State OLB Austin Spitler. (That's defense by a 7-1 margin, for those scoring at home, including four linebackers).

Take a dip in our poll and then share your thinking. Pretend you have 20 seconds in an elevator with Bill Parcells right now. Your synopsis comment to him on Miami's draft would be what?

[Note: The above poll blasted past 1,000 votes in near-record time. Thanks to all. And keep 'em coming].

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