We're back with another AFC East Q&A session. Today we're heading down to South Beach to check in with Cody Strahm of Phins Phocus.
1. What were your thoughts when Miami took Mike Pouncey with the 15th pick? Will he make an impact on this team in his rookie season?
I was a little disappointed the Dolphins went the conservative route and drafted Pouncey. As you know, I was a big fan of Ryan Mallett throughout the entire pre-draft process, and was hoping they would take him 15th overall if they weren’t able to trade down. First and foremost, I was hoping they would trade down to later in the first round and acquire a second-round pick. If they weren’t able to trade down, I was hoping they would just snag Mallett there at 15. But obviously the Dolphins weren’t as high on Mallett as I was, because they traded up into the second-round, had him staring right at them, but drafted Daniel Thomas. Jeff Ireland wasn’t able to find a trade partner to move back in the first either, as he admitted the phones weren’t ringing when the Dolphins were on the clock. If I would have known ahead of time that the Dolphins weren’t high on Mallett and that they would be unable to trade down, I would have said Pouncey makes the most sense. It was a bit of a reach, but taking a running back that high, unless he’s an elite talent, doesn’t give you great value, and there weren’t really any other prospects on the board that would have filled a need and had a mid-first round grade. Pouncey will undoubtedly start along the Dolphins’ interior O-line right from the get go. They have been adamant so far that they will start him off at center, but I’ve maintained that I hope they eventually move him to left guard so Richie Incognito can take over at center where he actually has the potential to be more than average. But either way, I expect Pouncey to be a valuable addition to the Dolphins’ O-line as a well-rounded lineman who has the athleticism to pull, something this line struggled with heavily in 2010.