Yesterday, Don Banks from SI.com updated his 2012 NFL Mock Draft ahead of this week's Scouting Combine. In a not-so-surprising move, a trade is prjoected at the second overall position, with the St. Louis Rams giving the pick to the Cleveland Browns. With that move, it would ensure that the top two quarterbacks, Stanford Cardinal Andrew Luck and Baylor Bears Robert Griffin III, would go 1-2 in the draft to the Indianapolis Colts and the Rams, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins, who reportedly have Griffin, this year's Heisman Trophy winner, on their radar, are, according to Banks, satisfying their quarterback need with either Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn in free agency.
So, who do the Dolphins select at the ninth overall pick.
"I'm still operating under the conviction the Dolphins get their quarterback in free agency, with either Matt Flynn or Peyton Manning coming to town, and that makes right offensive tackle the biggest necessity in the first round. Miami would be landing the second-highest rated tackle behind USC's Kalil, and NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Reiff is even more pro-ready than Iowa tackle/Green Bay first-round pick Bryan Bulaga was two years ago. Reiff could handle the left tackle slot at some point in the NFL, but with Jake Long already in Miami, the Fish's need is on the right side."
As much as the fan base for the Dolphins would hate to see another offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, Reiff may actually be the best pick at the position. And, it's a huge need for the Dolphins right now. If the team is able to pull Manning or Flynn to Miami, an offensive lineman to help protect him would not be a bad pick. Especially given the Dolphins' 52-sacks allowed last year.
Check out the 2012 NFL Mock Draft at SI.com for all 32-teams' picks.