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And with the #25 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Community Mock Draft, the Miami Dolphins Select...


USC LB Brian Cushing

schraggyj with the pick...

While it is uncommon to see a linebacker drafted in the top ten, it is not uncommon for Bill Parcells to draft a linebacker in the first round. In ten first round picks, Bill Parcells’s squads have taken four linebacker, two cornerbacks, one quarterback, one offensive lineman, one defensive lineman, and one wide receiver. Seventy-percent of the time Parcells led teams take a defensive player in the first round.

The Dolphins, like the rest of the NFL, are still transitioning to a 3-4 defense. And like most of the NFL, they have a few needs. They lack a power NT to play over center. However, there doesn’t appear to be any defensive tackles that would be worthy of taking at #25. I would consider Ron Brace (he’s huge) a reach at this point and there is a chance that Brace would be available at #44, the Dolphins first second round pick. It should be mentioned that center is also a possibility at this pick since the Dolphins just dealt their center to the Raiders after signing Jake Grove—a former Raider starting center. The Dolphins paid Grove 14 million in guarantees, so I doubt they feel that he is a back up.

The general consensus is that the Dolphins will either go with a wide-receiver, cornerback, or linebacker. All three are areas of need. So let’s play the scenario game—starting with wide receiver.

Right now Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, and future Hall of Famer1 Chad Henne are all traveling together visiting draft prospects along the way. Henne is throwing to the likes of Percy Harvin and Hakeem Nicks under the watchful eye of Dolphin’s executives. Outside of Ted Ginn, Jr., the Dolphins lack a consistent wide receiver threat. If either Harvin or Nicks is available, the Dolphins would probably jump at the opportunity. Personally, I see them taking Nicks because he is a great possession receiver for Chad Pennington (the ultimate possession QB) and because Percy Harvin seems like Ted Ginn 2.0.2 However, Harvin and Nicks are both off the board and any other wide receiver pick at this point seems like a reach.

Cornerback is a strong possibility and if Malcolm Jenkins or Vontae Davis is on the table at this point I think the Dolphins pull the trigger. However, that probably isn’t going to happen. Additionally, the Dolphins recently signed Eric Green from the Cardinals, but he is likely better suited as a nickel-back. That leaves a few possibilities. The Dolphins could either go with Darrius Butler, Alphonso Smith, or even DJ Moore. I would not be surprised if the Dolphins pull the trigger on any of the three. However, there are some intriguing second round CB prospects including Utah’s Sean Smith and Macho Harris. Ultimately, I’m passing on CB for linebacker mainly because of who is available in this particular mock draft and because I believe that one of those cornerbacks may still be available for the Dolphins to grab at #44.

The Dolphins need linebackers like the Chief’s need linebackers, defensive lineman, a second wide receiver, right side of the offensive line, and a kicker. Okay, it isn’t that bad, but outside of Joey Porter and Channing Crowder, the Dolphins have definitive linebacking needs. At this point, the Dolphins take the best available linebacker and that is Brian Cushing. First, there is no player of his caliber available in the second round. Second, Cushing brings great flexibility. He is able to play any linebacking position as well as get penetration up the field and flexibility is a key in a 3-4 defense. Flexibility could also be synonymous with intelligence considering it takes brains to be all over the field. Finally, Cushing is known as an intense, aggressive player who tackles well. That sounds like Bill Parcells football player. Therefore, with the twenty-fifth pick the AP 2009 Mock Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Brian Cushing.

Previous pick: LB Clay Matthews

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock for tomorrow: Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) and the Indianapolis Colts (craig in calgary)

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Pick Round 1 Selection Date Community Approval
1 Detroit Lions - UCrawford LB Aaron Curry Weds. March 10th Forgot to do a poll
2 St. Louis Rams - Lanier63 OT Jason Smith Monday, March 16th 67%
3 Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88 OT Eugene Monroe Monday, March 16th 56%
4 Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel DT B.J. Raji Tuesday, March 17th 46%
5 Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway WR Michael Crabtree Tuesday, March 17th 37%
6 Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic OT Andre Smith Weds., March 18th 43%
7 Oakland Raiders - mushin WR Jeremy Maclin Weds., March 18th 38%
8 Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns WR Percy Harvin Thursday, March 19th 29%
9 Green Bay Packers - JasonM DE/OLB Everette Brown
Thursday, March 19th 68%
10 San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch QB Matt Stafford Friday, March 20th 61%
11 Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread LB Rey Maualuga Friday, March 20th 50%
12 Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose DE Brian Orakpo Monday, March 23rd 58%
13 Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade T Michael Oher Monday, March 23rd 64%
14 New Orleans Saints - cmpotter CB Vontae Davis Tuesday, March 24th 46%
15 Houston Texans - ChiefsDude CB Malcolm Jenkins Tuesday, March 24th 61%
16 San Diego Chargers - Helmets DE Tyson Jackson Weds., March 25th 58%
17 New York Jets - NJChief QB Mark Sanchez Weds., March 25th 77%
18 Chicago Bears - Holmeslice QB Josh Freeman Thursday, March 26th 28%
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory DT Peria Jerry Thursday, March 26th 45%
20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford DE Aaron Maybin
Friday, March 27th 54%
21 Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717 TE Brandon Pettigrew Friday, March 27th 60%
22 Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56 WR Hakeem Nicks Monday, March 30th
23 New England Patriots - connerman RB Chris Wells Monday, March 30th
24 Atlanta Falcons - RedNose LB Clay Matthews Tuesday, March 31st
25 Miami Dolphins - shraggyj LB Brian Cushing
Tuesday, March 31st
26 Baltimore Ravens - Ben S
Weds., April 1st
27 Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary
Weds., April 1st
28 Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717
Thursday, April 2nd
29 New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s
Thursday, April 2nd
30 Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99
Friday, April 3rd
31 Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH
Friday, April 3rd
32 Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33
Monday, April 6th

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