The Miami Dolphins hit 2013 OTA’s with more buzz and higher expectations than any offseason in recent memory. It’s incredible to think that only one name comes to mind when pondering the faces of this changing franchise.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Dolphins’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Dolphins Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Cameron Wake: The ex-Canadian footballer might already have hit 31 years old but plays like someone in the middle of their prime, becoming arguably the most productive pass-rusher in the league.
“Everybody looks at me as an older guy, but this is my fifth year of football,” Wake told The Miami Herald recently. “I’m still young. I’m one of those late-model, low-mileage kind of guys.”
Ryan Tannehill: The second-year quarterback is already among the best quarterbacks in the league when facing pressure, according to Pro Football Focus, and should continue to ascend if he steadies in the pocket.
Mike Wallace: The deep burner serves as the most recognizable face of the Fins’ free-agency binge and should help Miami really cut Tannehill’s arm loose.
Dannell Ellerbe: There’s a certain level of leadership, respect and awe that the rings in themselves can bring to a new team and Ellerbe’s a good, improving young inside linebacker too.