Like new cars, the value of an NFL draft pick can depreciate rather quickly.
A good example is taking place in Miami, where 2009 second-round pick Pat White and ’09 third-round wide receiver Patrick Turner may be fighting just to make the team this summer.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel breaks down 15 players on the Dolphins roster bubble. The relative quality of the names is a reminder why Miami should be seen as near equal odds to win the AFC East as the Jets and Patriots. (Not sure Florio agrees with me here. But he probably won’t read this anyway.)
In White’s case, there are indications he won’t want to move to wide receiver. Will Miami have enough room to carry him as a fourth quarterback?
Turner knows how crowded the wideout group is. Last year’s fourth-round pick Brian Hartline is a potential starter, but Turner is no higher than fifth on the depth chart.
We suspect both guys will make the team, even if their play doesn’t improve. They are unlikely to clear waivers and make it to the practice squad.
Teams traditionally don’t like to admit a mistake on players with a high sticker price until they absolutely have to.