Originally Posted by Scott Wright
I think the concerns with Rhodes / Miami probably stem from his ball skills and playmaking ability, or lack thereof. However, I think Rhodes has the size the Dolphins look for in a corner and he is best facing the action which is ideal for a zone scheme. Rhodes isn't afraid to hit either.
He fits to a T what the Dolphins look for size-wise in cornerbacks, there's no doubt about that. Which is why I've been confused about picks like Robert Alford for Miami that you've had in previous mocks.
The only problem is, Xavier looks a little stiff in the hips which worries me if he is going to fit in our zone scheme. It seems to me that Desmond Trufant might be a better fit for Miami based on that. Wouldn't you agree, Scott?
Also, while I love Datone Jones, he isn't an ideal fit for Miami either. He seems like an ideal base 4-3 LE, and that is the position that Cam Wake currently occupies. Miami needs a legit pass-rushing RE to bookend Wake and that doesn't seem like Datone Jones. I think Tank Carradine would fit there better, seeing as how he's still available in your mock.
And I'm slightly disappointed you didn't mix it up and go Tavon for Miami at 12. Think that could be a surprise pick. Thoughts?