Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/22/12
The Miami Dolphins are looking to improve on the mediocre season they had in 2011.

With some ambitious draft choices such as quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a new coach in Joe Philbin, it will be interesting to see how the Dolphins' roster will look over the next couple months.

For now, let us examine the Dolphins' most overrated and underrated players.

UNDERRATED:

1. Tight end Anthony Fasano is a solid blocker and had a pretty decent year in 2011. Granted, last season was unbelievable for tight ends around the league, but Fasano didn’t have a bad year either. With 32 receptions for 451 yards, he became an important pass option for the Dolphins.

Fasano is a solid TE who has the ability to put up big numbers. Next season Reggie Bush will be closely watched by defenses around the league, so look for Fasano to pull in more catches as he slips through the defensive line while others look for Bush.

2. How about kicker Dan Carpenter? As one of the best kickers in the league, Carpenter has the veteran expertise to help lead the Dolphins to some wins in 2012. He has an 82 percent record over his career and can make 50-plus yard field goal kicks 53 percent of the time. With somewhat questionable quarterbacks, a good kicker to put up much needed field goals will be important to Miami’s success in 2012.

3. Quarterback Matt Moore. Although some skeptics are saying to start Tannehill, the reality is that Moore had his best season ever last year. He led the Dolphins to victories in six of their last nine games and had a passer rating of 87.1.

4. Look out for running back Daniel Thomas in 2012. He had a decent rookie year with 165 rushing attempts for 581 yards. Unfortunately he is behind Reggie Bush on the depth chart, but if he can keep improving from last year, he will most likely become a favorite of Miami's quarterback, as long as he stays healthy that is.

5. I’m going to say it -- Chad Ochocinco. The recently acquired wideout from New England is old and many analysts claim he isn’t as good as he used to be. The last couple years in the NFL have not been kind to the outspoken WR and Miami is his last chance. The WR position is lacking in Miami and Ocho has the chance to fill that gap. I’m saying he is underrated because he is not expected to do great things. But, I would watch him. He might shine because this is his last chance to perform or his career is over.

Now let us move on to the most overrated players in Miami today. It is really difficult to think of overrated players on an underdog team but some names did come to mind.  

OVERRATED:

1. Running back Reggie Bush had a good year in 2011. He finally rushed for over 1,000 yards after having several mediocre years. Ok, he has had one good year. Overall he was 11th in the league in rushing - that’s not the best. This player who was supposed to be a dominant RB coming out of college has not been able to live up to his expectations. Bush will need to have an even better year if he is going to be seen as a serious threat in Miami.

2. Wide receiver Davone Bess will most likely get a lot of passes thrown his way, thanks to the departure of Brandon Marshall. However, last year, Bess had just 51 receptions for 537 yards and three TDs. Those numbers are significantly lower than his 2009 and 2010 seasons with over 70 receptions both years.

3. Next up is first round draft pick Ryan Tannehill.  Selecting the Texas A&M QB was a decision made more by the fans than the organization. Tannehill was coached by Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M and knows the west coast offense already, but he still has played QB for just two years.

Tannehill probably won’t start in front of Matt Moore, but if he does he will have a tough year ahead of him. The WR corps on the Dolphins leaves a lot to be desired and he will not have many passing options on the field. The NFL is a much faster game than in college and I doubt he will be able to adapt as easily as some say he will. Only time will tell with Tannehill.

4. As my final overrated pick I am choosing offensive lineman Jake Long. As the first overall pick in the 2008 Draft, Long has since had injury problems which caused him to miss two games last season. That might not sound like a lot, but a combination of back, shoulder and knee injuries have caused a noticeable decline in his play. He is entering his final year of his rookie contract this year.

He needs to lead the OL to some success and protect the QB better than the Dolphins did in 2011. With a new coach who will play more of a running game, the OL will experience some problems early in the year.

As a whole, the Miami Dolphins are looking to rebuild by hiring a new head coach in Joe Philbin. The Dolphins will have to adjust to their new game plan quickly if they want to be successful. Obviously, the powerhouse New England Patriots will hold them back but with the struggling New York Jets and inconsistent Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins might find themselves higher in the rankings in 2012.

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