Day 1 draft review

Nick Saban pronounced himself elated at what the Dolphins were able to accomplish on the first day of the NFL draft, and the early impression is that he just might have had cause to feel the way. We analyze tthe first day of the draft from the Dolphins' standpoint.

This was a draft that was said to have some depth but was lacking in top-end talent, and that's the way we think it turned out for the Dolphins.

Running back Ronnie Brown was a solid pick at No. 2 because most scouts think he's got a brighter future in the NFL than either Cedric Benson or Carnell Williams and he also filled a need for the Dolphins.

But the truth is he wasn't the type of guy who really got you excited the way a second overall pick normally would.

Still, a solid pick.

The other two picks, though, were impressive in that the Dolphins got guys who had been projected to go higher than they did.

In Matt Roth, the Dolphins got a relentless pass rusher who will inject some youth along the defensive line. Roth also could be versatile enough to be used as a rush end or outside linebacker when the Dolphins use a 3-4 alignment.

The one knock on that pick is that you could argue it's overkill at defensive end after the signings of Kevin Carter and Vonnie Holliday, but it's a good value pick nonetheless.

As for third-round pick Channing Crowder, he also went much lower than expected. Some even had mentioned him as a possible first-round choice.

As far as the off-the-field concerns with Crowder, it looks like it might have been a case of immaturity. It better be.

Maybe a bigger issue should be Crowder's numerous knee injuries, although Saban indicated doctors had assured him they presented no major concern.

On talent alone, Crowder was a total steal in the third round and we dont' dismiss the possibility he could challenge for a starting job very quickly.

As the Dolphins get ready for Day 2 of the draft, the positions that we'd like to see addressed are cornerback, safety and wide receiver.

But so far it looks like a pretty good draft for Saban and the Dolphins.


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