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Diner morning news: Fins make the right move

LB Misi will have big impact in Miami, plus more post-draft thoughts. Michael Lombardi

Print This April 26, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

QUOTE: “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” -- Marie Curie

Here’s more of my 2010 NFL Draft review:

…I really think the Dolphins built their draft around acquiring linebacker Koa Misi of Utah. He can have an impact, and when the Fins did not have a second-round pick after the Brandon Marshall trade, they knew they had to move down to get Misi. So they moved down, prepared to take any defensive lineman who fell to them — knowing they had to have a top second-round pick to get Misi. The trade they made with San Diego was the right deal -- giving them the 40th pick overall — a pick they used to get their man.

Ben Tate (second round) is the right back for the Texans’ system. He has an ability to hit the hole with a burst and is a one-cut runner. In their offense, he might be rookie of the year.

…I was not a fan of DE Derrick Morgan but feel he went to the right team. Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn will be able to get the most out of him. I also love cornerback Alterraun Verner of UCLA, a very good playmaker.

…I really think wide receiver Arrelious Benn of Illinois is going to struggle to play the game fast. He moves better in a workout than when he’s playing the game, and he might struggle to get on the field quickly for the Bucs. He’s a workout player, not a natural player.

…The Rams added some interesting players later in the draft, especially Houston tight end Fendi Onobun, who is very athletic and will help their offense if he develops.

…Speaking of the Rams, they need to move Jason Smith to left OT, then slide second-round pick Rodger Saffold into the right tackle spot. The sooner the Rams get their players in the right places, the quicker they’ll improve.

…In the sixth round, I thought the 49ers got a good back in Anthony Dixon, who can run the power play effectively. The Niners need a back who can run the power and has the ability to break tackles, which Dixon can do.

…The Chargers got their “new Charlie Whitehurst” in Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton. Crompton went to the right team, where he’ll learn to play the pro game from a great quarterback coach in Norv Turner. Speaking of Turner, now that he has a big back in Ryan Mathews, the Chargers will get more balanced in their offense. Matthews will have a big rookie season.

…The Steelers took a running back in the fifth round in 1987, Barry Foster, who went to Arkansas. Teams never had a chance to see his ability to run. Jonathan Dwyer might be the next Barry Foster.

…If I were the Steelers, I’d move defensive end Doug Worthington, their seventh-round pick, to offensive line. He has all the traits to be a good offensive lineman in time.

…I was surprised Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper didn’t go earlier in the draft, but he might have gone to the right team. The Eagles do a good job developing receivers.

…Cincinnati is always looking to fill needs in the draft and picked Jermaine Gresham to fill the void at tight end. But drafting DE Carlos Dunlap of Florida is much like what the Bengals did last year selecting Michael Johnson of Georgia Tech. Like Johnson, Dunlap doesn’t always play hard, but also like Johnson, he has a ton of talent.

…The Giants are always looking for defensive linemen, and I love that they drafted two more. I love Jason Pierre-Paul and feel he’ll be a very good player in time. Then, in the second, they came back and drafted defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who is square and powerful.

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