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Dolphins' Top 10 (Bottom 10?) Second-Round Draft Busts: Lot of chatter lately about the second round, what with Miami drafting Pat White and cutting John Beck back to back. Here is our list of the franchise's 10 worst 2R picks:
1. Eddie "Earthquake" Blake, OG, Auburn, 1992 (43rd overall) -- Injured his entire rookie season, never played a down for Miami.
2. Chuck Bradley, C, Oregon, 1973 (52nd) -- Heady days for the franchise, no thanks to that pick. On IR as a rookie; never played a down.
3. Andrew Greene, OG, Indiana, 1995 (53rd) -- Started one game and long gone after one year.
4. Eddie Moore, LB, Tennessee, 2003 (49th) -- IR as a rookie, three career starts, gone by '95.
5. Stan Winfrey, RB, Arkansas State, 1975 (49th) -- Zero starts, 55 carries in two seasons.
6. John Beck, QB, Brigham Young, 2007 (40th) -- Failed in four-start shot as rookie, inactive third stringer by '08, released outright by '09.
7. Jay Brophy, LB, Miami, 1984 (53rd) -- Eleven starts across first two seasons, then gone.
8. Jim Keyes, LB/PK, Mississippi, 1968 (35th) -- Didn't play defense, 7-16 on FGs as rookie.
9. Loaird McCreary, TE, Tennessee State, 1976 (49th) -- Three seasons, no starts, seven catches.
10. Guy Benjamin, QB, Stanford, 1978 (51st) -- Twelve pass attempts as reserve, gone by year three.
Note: See, poor Rick Graf (25 starts, 1987-90) wasn't that bad. Well, relatively speaking.
Division-champ Dolphins an '09 longshot: Did Miami actually go 11-5 and win the AFC East? You wouldn't know it by the lack of respect based on betting odds for this year. BetUS.com's new post-draft NFL odds have the Patriots favored to win the Super Bowl at 6-1 followed by the Steelers (9-1) and Giants (10-1). The Dolphins? A distant 45-1. That's tied for 23rd-longest odds. In a 32-team league.
Fredi on the hot seat?: I know, right? Ridiculous. He isn't. Or shouldn't be. Heck, Marlins are 13-8 after a second-straight win today vs. the Mets. But for what it's worth the same BetUS.com has the Marlins' Gonzalez (pictured) as 8-1 to be the first manager fired this year. Washington's Manny Acta "leads" at 2-1. Only eight managers (including Yankee Joe Girardi at 6-1) are deemed on a hotter seat than Our Man Fredi. The two grains of plausibility are that 1) any regime that fires a manager-of-the-year (as Florida did with Girardi) must be considered a bit mercurial, and 2) the 11-1 start sets up the season (and Fredi) to be judged as underachieving if there is no playoff contention. Would I put Fredi on the hot seat entering May. Not even close. But might he be there in four months? I could see it.
College Football Hall of Fame inductees: Former Hurricanes QB Gino Torretta (1989-92, pictured) has been inducted into the college hall. That Heisman, its echo lasts a lifetime. In all 16 will be inducted anew. Other nominees include former Cane Russell Maryland (DT, 1986-90) and ex-Dolphins Jake Scott (Georgia), Marco Coleman (Georgia Tech) and Bobby Humphrey (Alabama). My question: Who gives a crap about the College Football Hall of Fame? Actually I think that's a statement more than a question.
Boycott Muscle Milk: Been meaning to mention. Did you see, on NFL Draft day, the scene in which LB Clay Matthews and three of his goon-friends all were wearing "Muscle Milk" T-shirts while bottles of the product sat on the coffee table for the ESPN cameras? Whore-TV should refuse to air such a ridiculously commercial scene. Matthews, ESPN and the offending product all should be embarrassed. It's almost enough to make me want to start a rumor that Muscle Milk causes Swine Flu. Almost.
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