Dennis Hickey is the Dolphins new general manager, and while it is great for him to finally have a place in which he is in total control, several others did not want the position. None of the candidates who interviewed for the Dolphins general manager position has more experience scouting college players than Dennis Hickey, who took the job after two others turned it down and at least four others declined interviews.
While Hickey has a recent track record of scouting, he has not been as bad as Dolphins fans are making it out to be.
• 2008: Talented Aqib Talib (picked 20th) had 17 interceptions in his first four seasons before being traded to New England. Receiver Dexter Jackson (58th) was out of the league within two years, but center Jeremy Zuttah (83rd) has been a decent starter.
• 2009: Quarterback Josh Freeman, picked 17th, made the Pro Bowl in his second season before a sharp decline in performance led to his release this past October. Defensive tackle Roy Miller, picked 83rd, started for Jacksonville this season. Only one of the Buccaneers’ other four picks (E.J. Biggers) is still in the league.
• 2010: Gerald McCoy (picked third) has become a Pro Bowl defensive tackle, but the 35th pick (UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price) — chosen one spot before Chiefs running back/Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster — is out of the league. Receiver Arrelious Benn, picked 39th (three spots before Rob Gronkowski), disappointed and was traded to Philadelphia last year. But receivers Mike Williams (101) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (217) were good value picks.
• 2011: Tampa made prudent selections at No. 20 with Adrian Clayborn (13 sacks in 35 games) and at 84 with linebacker Mason Foster (92 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions this season). But Da’Quan Bowers, picked 51st, has faded (one sack this season) after showing flashes early on.
• 2012: Dominik gives Hickey some of the credit for a draft that yielded three players that made the All-rookie team: safety Mark Barron (No. 7), running back Doug Martin (No. 31) and linebacker Lavonte David, the 58th pick, who has blossomed into a standout (144 tackles, six sacks, five interceptions this season).
• 2013: Tampa Bay didn’t have a first-round pick. Cornerback Johnthan Banks (chosen 43rd) had three interceptions in a backup role. Dominik said Hickey was on board with the smart selections of quarterback Mike Glennon at No. 73 and former UM running back Mike James at 189.
If you think Hickey is bad after this breakdown from the Miami Herald, then take in what the Dolphins past 6 drafts’ looked like. I think Hickey could be a great hire.
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