Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reader Question: What if Maualuga drops?

Here's a quick question to answer before the draft today:

There is some speculation that Rey Maualuga may drop. If he does drop where the Dolphins could draft him with the 25th pick, would he be worth taking over a CB or WR?

Good question.

I've seen the talk that he may drop as well, primarily since some people don't think he has the pass coverage skills to be a three-down linebacker.

If he somehow drops to #25, I think Miami has to take him, because it's hard to believe there would be a better player still on the board, and it's always a good idea to draft based on value, not on need. Plus, ILB is a big need for the Dolphins anyway as Akin Ayodele isn't going to cut it long term.

However, that being said, there is one other player who, if available at 25, I would consider to be a better option than Maualuga and that is CB Vontae Davis, but it's a tight margin.

As far as WR, unless Jeremy Maclin falls to 25, no WR on the board would be a better choice than Maualuga so you'd have to think we'd take him over a pass-catcher if the option existed.

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