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News » Kiper gives Dolphins draft a C- but with a shot at an A

Kiper gives Dolphins draft a C- but with a shot at an A

Kiper gives Dolphins draft a C- but with a shot at an A
Apr. 27, 2009 (Sun Sentinel delivered by Newstex ) --

I know my cohort Ethan Skolnick referenced Mel Kipers C-minus grade for the Dolphins draft in his blog today, but if he kept listening the longtime ESPN draft guru said that grade could become an ?A if cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, as well as Wildcat quarterback Pat White pan out as solid contributors.

?They got two corners and two receivers, three if youre counting White, Kiper said on a post-draft conference call today. ?If Pat develops then hes the key to their draft.

Kiper wasnt thrilled with Miamis second-day picks. He had Monmouth tight end John Nalbone and Weber State linebacker J.D. Folsom as project college free agents. Kiper said Georgia Tech tackle Andrew Gardner was picked in the correct round (6th). Hes down on USC WR Patrick Turner, ?a last-round pick or undrafted free agent, and said OSU WR Brian Hartline was picked in the right round (4th).

Kiper said its ridiculous to believe that White is a threat to heir apparent quarterback Chad Henne, unless...

?This kids not beating out Chad Henne. Hes only a threat to Chad Henne if Henne struggles, but Henne is this teams future, make no mistake about that. Remember, they couldve had Matt Ryan last year so Chad Henne better be good because Matt Ryan is already excellent, Kiper said.

?White will be their, ?slash, but Chad Henne is the key to this Football team.? Chad Pennington is the bridge to get to Chad Henne and it could be some time this year.

Kiper felt that the Dolphins mightve grabbed White to prevent the Patriots from doing so, however, White was taken at No. 44, and the Patriots picked nose tackle Ron Brace at No. 40 and cornerback Darius Butler at No. 41. They didnt pick again until No. 58 when they selected tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

Kiper said unless White pans out as a slot receiver and return man then the pick wont live up to its value, but he also believes that teams never have enough quality quarterbacks.

?The Patriots drafted Matt Cassel when they had Tom Brady and they drafted Brady when they had Drew Bledsoe, he said. ?Pat White doesnt have to just be a Wildcat quarterback. He can be that change-up quarterback, a slot receiver and return man.

Kiper said while versatile Antwaan Randle El proved he could be a receiver and return man at the Senior Bowl back in 2002, White has yet to prove that. GM Jeff Ireland said something similar Sunday, basically, that he hasnt seen evidence of Whites prowess at receiver.

Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski raved about Whites mechanics as a quarterback Sunday night so it will be interesting to see how this pans out.

I feel that Henne and White will be 1 and 1A in 2010. Sounds like a plan.What do you all think?


Newstex ID: FL-2093-34465328

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 28, 2009

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