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Wednesday May 3, 2006 3:28 am

AFC EAST Draft Grade: Miami Dolphins

Jason AllenMiami Dolphins2005 Record: 9-7
Points For: 318
Points Against: 317
Rushing Yards PG: 118.6
Rushing Yards Allowed PG: 110.7
Passing Yards PG: 206.3
Passing Yards Allowed PG: 206.7
Drafted:
1.16 (16) - Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee  
3.18 (82) - Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona St.   
4.17 (114) - Joe Toledo, OT, Washington  
5.16 - Exercised in Supplemental Draft  
7.4 (212) - Fred Evans, NT, Texas State (from Green Bay) 
7.18 (226) - Rod Wright, DT, Texas  
7.25 (233) - Devin Aromashodu, WR, Auburn (from Chicago)
Comments:
Skill-wise, Allen was one of the better DBs out there as his draft place shows.  However, on pure talent alone, it would have been validated if he went higher in the round… if not for his hip.  Ah ha!  That’s why Allen fell.  In any case, if Allen can stay healthy, he has the chance to be All-Pro good thanks to his coverage skills.  He has the ability to put a WR on lock-down.

Hagan had tons of receptions and scores at ASU, but totally soiled his pants at the Senior Bowl with uncharacteristic drops, which is why Hagan’s stocked dropped.  Are you sensing a trend here with the Dolphins’ picks?

Toledo is a raw O-lineman as he has only played the position for one season.  He’s big and if he can refine his technique and add some skill, he could do okay for the Dolphins.  Evans is solid against the run, but not much else. 

Wright could be the SOD – steal of the draft as he can play the gaps and was a standout with the NCAA champion Texas Longhorns.  However, because of his enigmatic behavior, Wright’s stock dropped hard.  This is a great risk-reward pick. 

Aromashodu didn’t get as many looks as he could have (and probably deserved) at Auburn because they liked to run the ball.  With the Dolphins change in personnel, Aromaxhodu will have a chance to be a very solid WR in the NFL.
ENDSCORE GRADE: B-

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