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Here are pick by pick reviews of all 8 Miami Dolphins draft picks from ProFootball Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki, along with additional comments and a list of undrafted free agents that Miami has signed for camps.

Round 1

8 (8) : QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Tannehill is not ready to step into the starting lineup, but he clearly possesses starter-quality physical traits and could be groomed into the future of the franchise, with Matt Moore holding down the fort after coming on strong late in the season. An owner-driven decision that could potentially buy GM Jeff Ireland more time on the job, Tannehill could answer the Dolphins’ most glaring need, but will require patience as a 19-game college starter with raw field vision and passing instincts.

This is the perfect category for Miami first-round selection and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. You can probably file this pick away until 2013.

Tannehill will begin the season third on Miami’s depth chart behind incumbent starter Matt Moore and free-agent signing David Garrard. The odds that the rookie will jump two veteran quarterbacks before Week 1 are long. But Tannehill isn’t resigning himself to holding a clipboard.

“I’m a football player and I’m a competitor,” Tannehill said Saturday. “I want to be on the field and I want to compete. But I also realize that I’m coming in and there’s veteran quarterbacks on this team that I can learn from.”

The race for the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East behind Tom Brady is wide open. Tannehill has the potential to fill that void in two or three years. But the Dolphins have to do the right things to nurture the young quarterback, despite very high expectations.

Tannehill is the first quarterback taken in the first round by Miami since Hall of Famer Dan Marino in 1983.

“I didn’t take him as the eighth pick in the draft to be a backup quarterback,” Ireland said. “I picked him to be a starting quarterback in this league at some point, to have an impact on this football team, to help us win football games and championships. That’s the expectation that I have going down the line.” ~James Walker ESPN

Round 2

10 (42) : ORT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
Martin lined up on the left side at Stanford, but projects to the right side opposite Jake Long in Miami, where he could be forced to start sooner than he is ready. With a glaring strength deficiency, Martin was really exposed this season against the speed of USC’s Nick Perry and could be challenged by edge speed and power.

Martin was extraordinarily effective as Andrew Luck’s blindside tackle for three years at Stanford. The Dolphins are desperate for the same kind of pass protection. They were 30th in the NFL last at protecting the passer, according to the CHFF Offensive Hog Index. Potential to be a home-run needs-based pick. ~ColdHardFootballFacts.com

… an individual move I really like is Miami’s pick of former Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. I had the chance to watch Stanford several times, and I was really impressed. He moves well, has a good frame and is intelligent.

“He’s used to playing with a very demanding quarterback with Andrew (Luck), and they trusted him to protect Andrew for three years,” Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said of Martin. “We’re very happy with the pick.”

Martin has to move from left tackle to right tackle, because Pro Bowler Jake Long is on Miami’s roster. But that’s an easier transition to make than going from right to left tackle.  ~James Walker ESPN

Round 3

9 (72) : DE Olivier Vernon, Miami (Fla.)
Koa Misi regressed in his second season and new defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle needed to add another pass rusher capable of playing the run. Vernon has explosive body power and began climing draft boards after a strong Combine and pro-day workout. Despite not playing well during a suspension-shorted junior season, his sophomore tape showed big-time flashes.

15 (78 – from San Diego): TE Michael Egnew, Missouri
The arrival of Joe Philbin changed the style of the Dolphins’ offense from power to finesse and the team needed to add an athletic seam-stretcher who can open up the downfield passing attack and keep defenses honest. Egnew is an exceptional athlete who struggled through average quarterback play as a senior, but has big-play potential.

 Egnew is a tall, lean H-back type who was productive in college and shows the body control to adjust and catch balls over his head. His size will allow him to create mismatches in the passing game. ~Todd McShay

Round 4

2 (97 – from SF): RB Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.)
Miller slid to the fourth round because of concerns about his durability, having struggled to stay healthy in college and having had to play hurt for much of his junior season. He is a straight-linish, crease runner who struggles avoiding direct contact and could always be troubled by injuries in the pros. Despite not having a strong need in the backfield, Miller is an ideal scheme fit for Joe Philbin’s stretch-zone running game and could prove to be a solid value pick. 

Miller was a great value in the 4th round, and with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas already on the roster, Miller will only need to contribute in a rotation and provide some big-play ability. He is the fastest back in this year’s class. ~Todd McShay

Round 5

20 (155 – from Tenn): OLB Josh Kaddu, Oregon
The Dolphins added Olivier Vernon in the third round and found another developmental rush linebacker prospect with upside here in Kaddu. The addition of two pass-rushing talents could give Kevin Coyle flexibility to use multiple fronts or move back to a “40″ base. 

Round 6

13 (183 – from SD): WR B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
Cunningham is a big, strong, West Coast receiver well-suited for Joe Philbin’s offense. Could struggle to beat press coverage and match up against better competition, but will catch on contact and could factor between the hashes.

Round 7

8 (215) : DT Kheeston Randall, Texas
Randall is a plugger who could serve as two-down five-technique in Kevin Coyle’s defense.

20 (227 – from Tenn): WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada
GM Jeff Ireland plucked two receivers in the later rounds that are well-suited for Joe Philbin’s offense in B.J. Cunningham and Matthews, a strong-after-the-catch runner with tools to develop into a solid “Z.”

Undrafted Free Agents:

  • Jeff Fuller – WR – Texas A&M (2011: 63 catches, 709 yds, 5 TD)
  • Derek Moye – WR – Penn St (height: 6’4″; 2011: 40 catches, 654yds, 3TD, 16.4 yds/catch; 40 yd dash: 4.41s)
  • Albert Evans – S – Perdue
  • Kelcie Gray – S – Arkansas St
  • Micah Pellerin – CB – Hampton
  • Jonas McCray – RB – Notre Dame
  • Chas Alecxih – DT – Pitt
  • Jarrell Root – DE – Boise St
  • Jacquies Smith – DE – Missouri
  • Derrick Shelby – DE – Utah
  • Shelly Lyons – LB – Arizona St
  • Cort Dennison – ILB – Washington
  • Dustin Waldron – OL – Portland St
  • Josh Samuda – OL – Univ of Mass
  • Derek Dennis – OL – Temple
  • Terence Brown – C – BYU
  • Kyle Bogomil – G – Rhode Island

So, it came and passed.  All the hub-bub about doomsday and judgement seems to be forgotten and laughed off now …

rapture

I have many questions and curiosities about this event:

  1. Who came up with this theory of May 21st being the beginning of the end of the world?
  2. Who is Harold Camping?
  3. Why did the media give this any credence?
  4. Is he a false prophet?
  5. What should Christians do now?

Who came up with this theory of May 21st being the beginning of the end of the world?

Fortunately, someone took the time to explain this theory.  There is a man named Harold Camping who formulated a belief that specific numbers and passages in the Bible led to the Calculation that May 21st, 2011 would be judgement day.  Apparently Camping is an ardent Christian and lover of the Bible.

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,but My Father only.

Who is Harold Camping?

Camping is an 89 year old broadcaster on the Familiy Radio network (150 stations across America).  He is also the president of Family Radio.  I have to assume that his position in the media realm is what made anybody pay attention to his theory of judgment day.

Why did the media give this any credence?

I don’t fault Camping with wanting to know and understand scripture better … but I do have an issue with him proclaiming his belief as a media source. Its easy to see Camping using his own platform, Family Radio, to communicate his beliefs. But why … oh why did the secular media decide to pick this up? I guess its scandal, its sensationalist. Is it news though? Also, as a news reporter, why were there no counterpoints to Camping’s theory? I didn’t see any other Christian interviewed or asked for a biblical counterpoint to Camping’s theory. Really news media? You couldn’t bother to call the local seminary and ask for a scholar’s opinion on this? This in my opinion is why listening to the news is so biased and sometimes untrustworthy because in an effort to gain viewers and readers, news outlets are only looking for the scandal angle and not really interested in the truth.

Is Camping a false prophet?

I can’t really speak to his status as a prophet at all. Does Camping prophesy on a regular basis? Did the Lord ask him to communicate this doomsday message to other Christians? It doesn’t appear so to me. It looks to me like Camping is something of a Bible scholar and communicated some information he thought to be true. So, how can you classify Camping as a false prophet? Is he leading people away from the Lord? Did he miss the rapture date? Absolutely, but missing an interpretation of the Bible (contrived or not) doesn’t classify him as a false prophet in my opinion.  I think if the Lord came down and pointed out all of our theological beliefs, we would all be ashamed.

What should Christians do now?
Personally, I’m a little angry to be “lumped” in with Harold Camping as a loon or idiot. However, I believe the Lord is much more interested in the unity of the body and that we as Christians should support Camping in his faith …even if we disagree with his math or interpretation of Biblical numbers. Is Camping a lover of Jesus? I think we should be much more interested in that piece of information rather than how many times he has failed or misinterpreted. It is a shame that we as Christians are more interested in chastising and distancing ourselves from believers who have fallen or made mistakes. Have we as believers ever been wrong? sinful even? Thank God that Jesus doesn’t turn His back on us whenever we fail. We can never be good enough to get into Heaven or good enough to please God. It is only by HIs grace and belief in Jesus’ work on the cross that makes us acceptable to God.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

I think now, Christians as a whole need to continue to fulfill the Great Commission.  Just because the rapture didn’t occur on May 21st, doesn’t mean that it isn’t coming.  Be thankful that we do have more time on earth.  Just as Paul said, I long go to heaven, but if I remain it is to your benefit.

I am reminded of the parable of the 10 virgins … we all need to keep our lamps filled with oil for when the bridegroom does return … so that Jesus doesn’t find us sleeping and unaware.

the following entry was taken from today’s Daily Grace Inspirations by Joseph Prince

Your Answer Is In His Word

Proverbs 4:20–22
20My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

God has given us a sure way to receive the answers to our problems and challenges. It is His Word. Every answer or solution we need is found in the Bible.

Yet, many Christians are not walking victoriously in certain areas of their lives. This is because the devil continuously wages a war of distraction against them. He has managed to take them away from the one thing that can bring them victory — the Word. He will do everything possible to prevent them from opening the Bible because he knows that the Word will deliver them.

The distraction can be very subtle: A lot of things to get done, a lot of TV programs that interest you, or it may take the form of a big problem that makes you feel that you need to focus all your attention on it. The enemy knows that if he can get you to take your eyes off the Word of God, he can keep you from winning the battle.

When you are going through a tough time, it is not enough to know that God’s answer to the problem is “somewhere in the Bible”. Find the scripture in which God has promised the solution. Meditate on it until the truth of that scripture is revealed to you. When you do this, no demon or devil can prevent that word from God from bearing fruit in your life.

Even Jesus Himself used the Word to defeat the devil in the wilderness — “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) The way to defeat the enemy is with “It is written…”

My friend, there is no substitute for the written Word. God tells us that we will find life and health if we give our attention to His Word and keep it in the midst of our hearts. So get into the Word and let God’s promises abide in you.

John 21:17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

You and I have both heard of people stating that they left a church because they weren’t being fed.  What exactly does that mean?  … not being fed …

Maybe the worship doesn’t make us fall to our knees or shout out in joy.

Maybe the teaching didn’t address our most urgent need.

Maybe the opening prayer sounded a little too recited.

Maybe the offering … always taking but never giving.

Maybe nobody said, “hi” or “thanks for being here” or “can I pray for you” on the way in our out.

… and that’s why the color yellow makes me sad.

You know what makes me sad?

Christians who want the pastors, teachers, leaders, ushers, nursery workers and everybody else to give something, while they sit in a pew and offer nothing in return to God or to their brothers and sisters.

If you’re not a new believer, then each of us should be bringing something more than, what can you, church, do for me today.

What are we doing for the (not our) church?

Did I pray for someone who needed it?

Did I say thanks to the pastor for his time and effort preparing to face a group of possibly ungrateful people?

Did I share a verse with someone who needed some encouragement?

Did I even notice what the Holy Spirit was doing in the service all around me?

Have I volunteered to stack chairs (thanks Tim Hawkins)?

1Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

When we feel like our church is not feeding us, it is more likely we are not feeding the church. Probably we are not feeding ourselves.  Have I prayed today? Have I read the Word today? Have I listened to a teaching today? Have I meditated on God’s goodness, kindness, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or love today? Have I even looked outside the window and noticed God’s creation all around?

Do you love Jesus (as Jesus asked Peter)?  Then feed His sheep.  I know you’re not the pastor, neither am I.  But we don’t have to be to share a verse or a song or word of encouragement to a brother or sister.  Let’s start with that so that “the church may be built up.”

I was reading Matthew 8 today and came across a couple of instances where Jesus healing power was in effect.  The thing I noticed with both of these examples is the faith and attitude of the people looking to receive healing.  What I realized is Jesus was impressed and compelled to move on their behalf due to their posture.

posture (n):

a. A position of the body or of body parts: a sitting posture.
b. An attitude; a pose: assumed a posture of angry defiance.

Our posture or positioning in our hearts greatly effects God’s ability to move in our lives and on our behalf.

Matthew 8:2 (NLT)

2 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Here the leper approached the Lord knowing full well that He had the power to heal him.  And just as the Lord taught His disciples to pray, “not my will, but Yours be done”, this man submitted himself to the Lord’s will by saying “if you are willing.”  He didn’t know if Jesus would say “yes” or “no”.  He didn’t demand it from him.  He didn’t beg.  He didn’t fast or try to earn it, he simply humbled himself before (he approached and knelt) the Lord and simply submitted himself to Jesus’ will.

Matthew 8:5-8 (NLT)

5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.

In this example, Jesus pointed out the man’s great faith.  While having great faith is fantastic, I was impressed with his posture.  He understood his position with respect to God.  He knew he was not worthy.  He was not deserving.  Yet the officer understood that Jesus was the authority in this circumstance, not the officer.   The officer assumed a position of humility in requesting the healing from Jesus.

What is my spiritual posture?

How do I approach Jesus?

Am I kneeling in humility?

Am I willing to submit to His will on all matters?

Am I willing to believe Jesus’ words without having Him come physically into my midst?

I was reading Acts 17 today and came across this verse:

Acts 17:12b (NLT)
…they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

The Bereans were receiving the Good News about Jesus, but they were intent to discover the truth on the matter.  How much more do we in this day and age of so much information need to search for the truth in a matter?  There are so many people claiming to have truth, but are we diligently searching the Bible to discover if what they are saying is actual truth?

This can apply from anything from Sunday’s sermon, some famous life guru telling you how to live, a friend’s advice, or a prophetic word given.

Search The Word for yourself today and make sure you are holding steadfastly to the Way, the Truth and the Life!

Did you know that there is Christian music in Rock Band now?  yeah, yeah, I know Flyleaf was in RB1 and Kutless and UnderOath were hidden away in the 20-track bonus song download.  But none of those songs really say much spiritually.

Is it possible to enter into a worship mentality while clicking away on a plastic guitar with 5 buttons? I think so. I’ve done some play testing on the Rock Band Network and was testing out another guy’s song, “Wash Me” which was a worship song they did in their church (not sure what happened to that song … it seems to have disappeared). But I found myself really lifting up my soul as an offering to God … all while playing a video game.

Don’t forget, you can use Rock Band as a karaoke machine as well. Sing. You can turn down the song’s vocals (using the controller, hit Y to boost/cut the vocals), so you can only hear yourself.

I’d love to see the Christian music industry really jump on board with this thing. Think about it. Youth groups, hanging out jammin on plastic guitars to Relient-K, Skillet or Chris Tomlin! You could totally do an outreach to non-Christians by using a video game.

Mostly, I’d like to just have some music that I’m not concerned about what my kids are hearing!

Sound Of The Redeemed on Rock Band
Love Is The Only Thing on Rock Band

1CN Records is proud to announce songs by Andy Kirk and Jonathan Lee are now available to buy in the video game Rock Band 2.  Now, you can download Jonathan Lee – “Sound Of The Redeemed” and Andy Kirk – “Love Is The Only Thing” into Rock Band 2 via the Rock Band Network store.

Both songs are currently priced at 160 Microsoft Points ($2).

It has been a long process and 1CN Records is excited to see some light shining into a dark place.  Our hearts and hope is that we can flood Rock Band with positive, God glorifying music for all to experience and enjoy.

Jonathan Lee – Sound Of The Redeemed
Andy Kirk – Love Is The Only Thing

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