The offseason is in full gear as the NFL draft approaches.
Let’s see whose stock is rising and falling with the Miami Dolphins.
1. Mike Pouncey, center: The Dolphins solidified the middle of their offense for the foreseeable future by signing Pouncey to a five-year, $51.25 million extension. The 2011 first-round pick is a two-time Pro Bowler and a franchise building block. Pouncey is now the highest-paid center in the NFL and will move back to his natural position in 2015. He filled in at guard last season out of necessity and had mixed results.
2. Branden Albert, left tackle: One of the big questions heading into fall is whether Albert will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. He tore his ACL and MCL in November and probably won’t be ready for the start of training camp or the preseason. But Albert told the Miami Herald the hardest part of his rehabilitation is over. His flexibility has returned, and he is working mostly on strengthening his knee. That is good news for the Dolphins, who need their stud left tackle back in the lineup as soon as possible.
1. Idea of trading up: A report from CBS Sports surfaced last week that Miami is interested in trading up in the draft to land former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White. Miami, which has the No. 14 pick, likely would have to climb into the first seven picks to land White. For starters, that kind of move would be costly and would require a minimum of Miami’s first- and second-round picks. The Dolphins do not own a third-rounder. New vice president Mike Tannenbaum was aggressive in the draft during his tenure with the New York Jets. But moving up this year would not be a wise move.
2. Search for veteran receiver: Miami’s search to add a veteran receiver is going downhill. It started with options such as Michael Crabtree and Greg Jennings, which were good ideas. But after failing to reach an agreement with either receiver, the Dolphins brought in veteran Wes Welker last week, which was not a good idea. Welker is injury prone (lengthy concussions history) and is contemplating retirement. In addition, Welker plays in the slot where second-year receiver Jarvis Landry has thrived. Miami needs a veteran who can play the perimeter and challenge for a starting job opposite Kenny Stills.