For Miami Dolphins, Drafting Miami Hurricanes Is Too Little, Too Late

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke gives an F to the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes underclassmen who left school for the NFL draft.

As much I've put the Miami Dolphins on blast for not drafting more Miami Hurricanes players, I don't think taking Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller in the NFL Draft will help the team win more games. Sure, it restored the South Florida community's faith in the organization, but the Dolphins need a lot of work to get back to the Super Bowl.

First of all, Ryan Tannehill is not the next Dan Marino. He is a project who got drafted because of his buddy-buddy relationship with his old coach and current Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Tannehill was a full-time wide receiver who became a part-time quarterback. In the Big 12 conference, opposing teams nicknamed Tannehill "Pick Six."

The Dolphins would have been better off using the first-round pick on a playmaker at wide receiver, because general manager Jeff Ireland traded away the team's best wide receiver, Brandon Marshall. And it's not like Matt Moore, the Dolphins QB for much of last season, played horribly. 

As for the Hurricanes players the Dolphins drafted, let's be honest. Miller and Vernon could have used another year in college. They had the potential to be first-rounders but got fooled by their agent Drew Rosenhaus that now was the time to come out.

All the football experts said the Hurricanes underclassmen wouldn't go in the first, second, or third rounds. These kids went out and bought themselves and their family members luxury cars believing they would sign million-dollar contracts. Now they are in the red because the contracts being offered to players drafted in the third round or later are much smaller.

They should have listened to Hurricanes football coach Al Golden, who has proven himself as a gentleman and a scholar. He was right when he said they needed another year in college. With those players, the Hurricanes had a real shot at the national championship, which would have raised their stock in next year's draft. 

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Facts Trump B.S.
Facts Trump B.S.

The Dolphins have drafted more players from the University of Miami since the team was founded in 1966 than from ANY other school.

That is a FACT despite this long-running, tedious, and completely erroneous belief that the team has avoided drafting Hurricanes.

Yeah, the Canes on the Dolphins didn't have last names like Irvin, Blades, or Lewis but does it ever occur to these misinformed nitwits that the team never even had the CHANCE to draft those guys?

Really tired of hearing this crap repeated ad nauseum.

Allenwilliams227
Allenwilliams227

The fact is that the dolphins had a pretty good draft. BTW, You are right on with that statement. I hate to say it but the Fins have maybe been almost too loyal to the U.

guest
guest

If you like the Miami Hurricanes and would like to see them host college gameday, vote on facebook.  You can do this by going on to the Miami Hurricanes page and click on the post that tells you to vote.

Allenwilliams227
Allenwilliams227

Can I hate them on there Facebook page!!!!!!!! Cause I'd hate the crap out of them if I could, GO GATORS!!!!!!!

GAYTURDhater
GAYTURDhater

YEA what he said go GAYTURDS!!!!!!!

moron!!!!!!!

Chita
Chita

More Mensa Monkees. Welcome to the Negro Felony League.

allCanesBlog.com
allCanesBlog.com

Disagree with the notion that Drew Rosenhaus 'fooled' these kids into thinking they were going to get drafted sooner. Look at Tommy Streeter. Al Golden and staff flat-out told the kid he would most likely go fourth or fifth round. He went sixth. Lamar Miller had shoulder surgery in January and Miami's medical staff also told him he wouldn't be drafted as highly as he hoped. 

Furthermore, all these kids who left early requested info from the NFL Draft's Advisory Board and NONE waited on that info to come back before declaring. Also, what does Rosenhaus benefit by adding a sixth rounder and a few undrafted free agents to his client list? Nothing. He'd have been much better off if they went back to school and signed with him next year as EVERYONE would've made more money in that case - especially the agent. Why do we blame the agent instead of blaming the kids? Even IF Drew pushed them to leave early, their parents, their coaches and the advisory board all gave them even MORE reason to stay. They all ignored it because their mind were already made up. Nine people could've told them to stay, but they were hellbent on listening to the one that told them to bold. Such is the case when we've already made our minds up. Touched on it over the weekend here - http://blog.allcanes.com/miami..., a sad story for UM and the complete antithesis of the days when an Ed Reed and Bryant McKinnie came back in 2001, to play for a title as seniors. 

All five of these early departees showed they're not that bright. Even if they were all about self over team, they'd have been better suited to come back to boost their stock. 

Leonard Hankerson returned as a senior in 2010, as a one-year starter, and had a banner year. Despite the Canes going 7-6 and Randy Shannon getting fired, Hank broke a ton of records, played himself up to the third round and was named Team MVP for the season. 

Streeter didn't have to look far to see a prime example for how he specifically should've have played this -- he literally needed to look at a guy a year older than him, who played the same position. 

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

 I think that its important to put this into perspective. When we drafted Marino the consensus was that he was very over rated and was considered a replacement for Don Strock. Watch the video link ( I'm assuming you have seen this many times ) they rip Miami for picking Marino and we know exactly were that lead!

Marino had one of the LOWEST scouting numbers in the draft.....The point is that people don't know shit and at least this kid has the size, arm strength and a brain. We may have gotten one of the biggest steals ever, only time will tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Here are Marino's stats his final year at Pitt:

2432 yds17 TD's23 INT's58.5 comp %115 rating

Here is Tannehill

3744 yds29 TD's15INT's61.6 comp%133.2 rating133.2 rating

Mattjarrellsharkman
Mattjarrellsharkman

wtf matt moore made a comrback for them dafting tannehill was great get it right dolphins are going all the way this year

Asug
Asug

Should have traded Jeff Ireland for a 7th Round supplemental draft pick. Or send him to Alaska to be GM of some other type of fish.

Fats4122
Fats4122

Luke is an idiot. Hes just trying to keep his name relevant. Drew had jedi mind tricks to have the kids to come out Luke? Also we werent going to no national championship. We're about to get sanctions son wake up Granpa Luke!!

Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson

Thanks Luke. Sommone needs the balls to call out agents like Rosenhaus.

Matador
Matador

Great article Uncle Luke! You are right, these players should have stayed another year, but got fooled by Nevin Shapi....I mean Drew Rosenhaus!

Marlinsfsn0601
Marlinsfsn0601

So true Uncle Luke a National Campionship could have paid off big the University and the kids comming out.

Zona1354
Zona1354

Terrible post Uncle Luke, this was a great draft! Plenty of talent where we need it in this draft

DonnaShalalasPartner
DonnaShalalasPartner

In Miami we nicknamed Jacory "pick six"

Allenwilliams227
Allenwilliams227

Who the heck is Jacory?

Vick1995
Vick1995

retard

EL Niño
EL Niño

Holy crap, you are really stupid.

Allenwilliams227
Allenwilliams227

Retard? Hmmm. You must have been too busy drowning your dogs and rapeing your mom to leave a comment worth reading, or maybe you were to deep in the Hurricanes ass to get more than your a one word discription of your self out.

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

haha good one....but leave J12 out of this. He's a fine young man with a top notch education from UM... and he just may make a pro team.  Good Luck to J12

J12getadayjob
J12getadayjob

LMFAO well maybe his "top notch education" should have evolved a little football 101 on how to throw the ball to your teammates not the other guys!! 58 picks in four years there are NFL QB's whom have not thrown that many in a 10+ year career come he is a bum plane and simple!!!!

Allenwilliams227
Allenwilliams227

At the eigth pick there were no real play makers left at WR, just risks. why not take the risk on a QB who's measurables were terrific. Yes he had little experience at the position but I can assure you Andrew Luck could have never done what Tannehill did, which was lead his team in receptions for over 2 years then become a very competent QB throwing for (and I am not sure if my numbers are correct) over 5000 yards. I just looked it up and it appears that Tannehill threw for 3744 yards in his first full season which actually beats Lucks numbers for any of his three seasons at Stanford, Luck also liked to chuck the ball to the wrong team on ocassion with 10 interceptions in his final season compared to 15 from Tannehill. Luck also had a better completion percentage of 71.3 as opposed to 61.6 of Tannehill which is actually not bad. However in lucks first full season as a starter he was only at 56.3 percent again Tannehills percentage better for his first full season. Now I'm not trying to say in any way Tannehill is a better QB than Luck but if you look at the numbers and assume 2 more seasons as a starter could have improved Tannehills numbed then you can assess that Tannehill has a future that could be very bright in the NFL. We all know about his interceptions, lack of experience may have been a factor there. Only time will tell. B for the Tannehill pickup. As far as the rest of the draft, I wouldn't give them an A but an F is ludicrous! Miller is a nice pick up. With Bush in a contract year this should help to push him and lets face it bush is not what many would classify as durable. Honestly, most were suprised he made it through ALMOST a whole season injury free. Bush is getting up in age for a RB, some one will have to take over in the near future and Miller has tallent, he could be the guy. Sure he could have used another year, I will agree with that, but he came out and I for one am glad it was the Fins and not another team that got him. You can personally slap an F on Millers decision to make himself eligible but the Fins receive a B for the value of snagging him when they did, if not for having to move up I would have given them an A. The Fins can not become a Superbowl contender in one draft, they will have to work at it in stages. Stage one complete, next year with many players in there final year Miami will have nearly 50 million in cap space freed up and will be able to make a big splash in the free agent market if they so chose. No matter what they may be saying, Miami is rebuilding.

Fmarin83
Fmarin83

 Micheal Floyd was drafted 13th and he was a top 10 talent and #2 WR on the board so your wrong.

miafins77
miafins77

 no gaurantees in the draft!! esp with a deep WR class

Allenwilliams227
Allenwilliams227

As Floyd's may end up being great he may also end up a statistic. He has major character issues to deal with making him a risk as I said. Miami is cleaning up the character on there team, trading Marshall away is an example of just that stance and bringing in a guy who could be just as bad would make no since. Tannehill for Miami is a much better risk. With tons of cap room receiver will be on the top of next years free agency list. Like I said they are rebuilding and next year they add more pieces. Even though the receivers Miami has are not high caliber they will get the job done this year and next season when Tannehill hopefully starts a new regime will accompany him at WR and grow with him. Miami's moves were solid in the draft.

Rro Haso
Rro Haso

Love this.....simple and to the point

Dukeloui
Dukeloui

Well said Uncle Luke. Drew Rosendouche is a greedy scumbag.

Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

Good article. Pretty stupid for college juniors buying luxury vehicles for family before getting a contract. They will act as most of the rest of Americans and walk away from their debt.

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