What I'll do here is list some players that in my opinion, we should be targeting. I separated them by rounds, grouping the laters rounds together. I just want to hear what other Dolphins fans really think about who we should be targeting the NFL draft. Feel free to comment...actually the whole point of this is for you guys to comment. Argue. Yell. Rec. No expletives, please.
Before I start, I just want to once again present the idea of trading down. Many fans, like I, are in favor of exploring the possibilities of getting a 2nd round pick. I won't really go into the details of the possible scenarios and that stuff. For the purpose of this (more fun!) I will say we trade our #15 pick for a pick in the late-20s and a late 2nd round pick. I have no clue how it will or would happen, just bear with me here.
The Phins Front Office will be looking at a wide variety of players in round one, but I'll break down who I feel are the most likely players to end up in Miami.
Mark Ingram RB Alabama- You knew it was coming. Despite his lagging 40, Ingram is still perhaps the best back in the draft, and we need a running back badly with Ricky and Ronnie both FAs. I also feel that he wouldn't be a reach in the 20s.
Mike Pouncey OG Florida- Pouncey is a very talented player who could help out our running game as well as Pass-pro for years to come. That simple.
Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State- Heyward has fallen on alot of people's boards lately, but is still a good pass-rushing and run-stopping talent that fits at DE in the 3-4.
Gabe Carimi RT Wisconsin- Great RT prospect, an NFL-ready mauler. If he's still on the board, he's a smart pick.
Others to watch out for....
Torrey Smith WR Maryland
Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL)
Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
Christian Ponder QB FSU
Justin Houston OLB Georgia
Late second round pick. What we look for here depends largely on what we get in the 1st round.
Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL)- Physical reciever to neutralize double teams on Marshall.
Ben Ijialana OG/OT Villanova- Has the versatility to play either guard or tackle. This small-school prospect has flown under alot of people's radars.
Ras-I Dowling CB/S Va Tech- coach him up and he will be a great player. Dowling has the physical tools, being 6'2, 200 lbs, and running a swift 4.46 40. Similar to last year's Taylor Mays.
Randall Cobb WR/RS Kentucky- Cobb is an all-purpose player. He is a capable 2nd-option reciever, and a fine return specialist.
Keep an eye on...
Danny Watkins OG Baylor
Jordan Todman RB UConn
Ryan Mallett (again) QB Arkansas
Greg Jones ILB Michigan State
Christian Ballard DE/DT Iowa
Tandon Doss WR/KR Indiana- Similar to Randall Cobb & Torrey Smith but not as fast. Likely 3rd round.
Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin- A productive recieving tight end, can help stretch the field a bit. The Phins were last in the league in catches by TEs last
Ahmad Black SS Florida- Black is short (5'9) but is a very solid secondary player.
Casey Matthews LB Oregon- Never rule out a Matthews. Casey will never be what his brother Clay is, but Casey can be a solid linebacker for any team in the NFL. Why not the Dolphins? Especially if he's there in the 4th. Matthews can be the tackle machine that Yeremiah Bell and Channing Crowder are.
Pat Devlin QB Delware- follow in the footsteps of Joe Flacco.
Robert Sands S W. Virginia- Sands is big and physical, a great safety prospect.
John Moffit OG Wisconsin- Moffitt led the way for Wisconsin's amazing running game.
Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon State- Does anyone have the answers to the Quiz? If not, Rodgers could be an effective back in Miami. He seems like a very good fit in Miami's offense where backs must be able to catch and run.
DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas- Looked like a big project at the combine but has size and skills.
Don't rule out...
Weslye Saunders TE S. Carolina
Virgil Green TE Nevada
Joespeh Barksdale OT LSU
Nate Irving LB NC State
Davon House CB New Mexico State
Jerrell Powe NT Ole Miss
Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
Now, we simply look for high-value players that have a chance to stick on the roster and contribute. My Late-round Sleepers.
Jeff Maehl WR Oregon- Hard worker, not fast but has excellent quickness as he showed at the combine. Wes Welker V.2? Doubt it, but he can be a reliable 3rd or 4th reciever. He could still be there in the 7th.
Terrence Toliver WR LSU- 6'5 205 lbs, good speed for a long-strider. Alot of potential in Toliver. 5th rd.
Jeremy Beal DE/OLB Oklahoma- Once a 2nd round prospect, Beal was terrible at the Senior Bowl and the combine, dropping his stock dramatically. But the production is there, with almost 30 collegiate sacks.
Scott Tolzien QB Wisconsin- I see Tolzien like Chad Pennington. Always cool, always accurate.
Bruce Miller OLB UCF- Showed good foot speed and agility at the combine. Maybe he can use those feet to get to the opposing QB. Is that how he got those 8.5 sacks last season?
Tyrod Taylor QB Va Tech- Are we really done with the wildcat? If not, Taylor is the better version of Pat White.
John Clay RB Wisconsin- Clay's stock dropped with his lack of speed at the combine, but is still a powerful runner who has underrated elusiveness. He's maybe available in the 7th.
Tejay Johnson S TCU- Johnson has a knack for catching the ball...on defense. 11 INTs in 2010.
Justin Rogers CB/RS Richmond- Rogers did a little bit of everything at Richmond. A pure athlete.
Just some names that could go undrafted that I really like. Every year, one of these guys bursts onto the scene in the NFL. I think some of these guys have a chance to maybe not burst, but be a contributor to the Miami Dolphins.
Mark Dell WR Michigan State- I saw alot of Dell at MSU, and he never failed to impress, despite being part of a run-first offense.
Jock Sanders WR W Virgina- Sanders has quickness that is best on the football field.
Culmer St. Jean ILB Wisconsin- Culmer is a sure-tackler, which is tough to find after the draft.
Ryan Bartholomew C/OG Syracuse- He was a standout Interior Lineman at the combine. Worth a shot.
Lestar Jean WR FAU- Jean is 6'3 with a 37" vertical. Coach this kid up and he can be a deep-ball threat. He isn't really fast nor quick, so he has a ceiling, but I like the height of it.
David Sims SS Iowa State- His lack of height (5'9) doesn't take away his tackling abilties (96 tackles last season). Sounds like a solid special teams player.
Thanks for reading what I have to say, and Rec this if you feel its worthy. Now I want to hear your opinion. Who should our Front Office be looking at? Should we attempt to trade down? Who are your "Under-the-Radar" players? Start the Argument.
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