The NFL draft is nearly a week away and we need to make sure Miami Dolphins fans are ready for what's to come.
The Sun-Sentinel has provided you Dennis Hickey's check-list of things the Dolphins need accomplishing (click this link to see the 10 items), and now it is time to see if you've been paying attention the past few weeks.
Here's the predraft Pop Quiz:
1. Who are the four offensive linemen projected to be taken in the first top 15 picks?
Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, and Notre Dame’s Zack Martin. Most draft analyst expect these four player to be gone by pick No. 15. The Dolphins don't need to pressure themselves to get one because Miami needs a right tackle, not a left tackle in this draft. Who trades up for a right tackle or a guard?
2. Name three second or third day offensive linemen that fit the zone blocking scheme Miami plans to use?
Any of the following names will do: Nevada’s Joel Bitonio, Virginia Morgan Moses, Tennessee’s Ja’Wuan James and Antonio Richardson, UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo, LSU’s Trai Turner, USC’s Marcus Martin, Arkansas’ Travis Swanson, Colorado State’s Weston Richburg, Stanford’s David Yankey, Notre Dame’s Chris Watt, Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort, Clemson’s Brandon Thomas, North Carolina’s James Hurst, Michigan’s Michael Schofield, Vanderbilt’s Wesley Johnson, Boise State’s Charles Leno, Stanford’s Cameron Fleming, Missouri’s Justin Britt, Boston College’s Matt Patchan, Hurricanes offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Brandon Linder, Kansas State’s Luke Lucas, Nebraska’s Spencer Long and Tennessee State’s Kadeem Edwards. My personnal preference is Bitonio, Moses, James, Martin, Yankey, Mewhort, Johnson and Lucas.
3. How much is Ryan Tannehill’s fifth-year option worthy, and when do the Dolphins need to decide on it?
Tannehill’s fifth-year option is presently worth $14.66 million, and must be decided on by the first week of May in 2015. That gives the Dolphins one more season to evaluate him, and one offseason to possible work on a contract extension that's more realistic. While the option is guaranteed only for injuries before the start of the 2015 regular season, Miami would have to release Tannehill to void it. The bottom line is this is Tannehill's make-or-break season.
4. What are the two elements the Dolphins’ passing game is presently missing?
The Dolphins are missing weapons that can produce run after the catch yards (that's difference from long bombs), and a jump ball target in the red zone, which can either be a tight end or a receiver that excels at high-pointing the ball.
5. How many Pro Bowlers did Jeff Ireland add to the Dolphins’ roster since 2008? And name them.
Eight is the right answer. Jake Long and Mike Pouncey were the Pro Bowlers Ireland drafted. Cameron Wake, Brent Grimes, Randy Starks, Richie Incognito, Dan Carpenter and Brandon Marshall were the players Ireland signed who made it to the Pro Bowl during his run as the Dolphins' general manager. That doesn’t factor in Brandon Fields, Paul Soliai, Yeremiah Bell or John Denney, who were Pro Bowlers on the team during Ireland’s era, but wasn't brought to Miami by Ireland.
6. What are the concerns about Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley?
Alabama products are usually maxed out from a coaching standpoint, and Mosley is nursing hip and shoulder injuries heading into the draft, which gives him a medical redflag.
7. What receiver produced 837 yards after the catch last season?
Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, who can play every position in the NFL, and is the cleanest receiver prospect since Julio Jones and A.J. Green.
8. How many points is Miami’s first-round pick worth, and is it easier to trade up or down in this draft?
The Dolphins No. 19 pick is worth roughly 950 points, and it is easier to trade up than down in this draft because there’s a premium placed on having more picks, not higher picks. Therefore, you gain value going up, and lose value trading down in this draft.
9. Why is Teddy Bridgewater’s stock falling in the 2014 draft?
Bridgewater has a thin frame and small hands. The three-year starter at Louisville reportedly struggled with his board work for teams during the NFL combine, and had a disastrous Pro Day, where he struggled with accuracy and ball placement inside Louisville’s practice facility. However, Bridgewater’s game film far exceeds that of his contemporaries, so it should be interesting to watch how this draft day drama plays out. Bridgewater, or one of the top three quarterbacks, will likely be on the board when the Dolphins select at No. 19. However, I'm pretty certain Miami won't take one because they haven't properly evaluated the top tier passers.
10. How much guaranteed money has the Dolphins given out in contracts this offseason?
The Dolphins have spent $132.5 million on new contracts this offseason, and $71.7 million of that money is guaranteed following the addition of center Mike Pouncey’s fifth-year option, which is worth $7.4 million in 2015.
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