This past week has been one of Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning, and Peyton Manning. Throw in a little Peyton Manning, and you just about cover everything from the Phinsider, and just about every other blog and media report posted. But, lost somewhere in all of this were the updates of the 2012 NFL Mock Drafts from ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay.
Both mocks are posted in the ESPN Insider section, meaning you cannot access them to see whom the Miami Dolphins selected without paying the membership fees. Well, unless you keep reading here.
First up is Kiper's 2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0. Posted on Wednesday, Kiper introduced his newest mock, writing, "This mock was tough to put together. Not only are teams in the midst of evaluating prospects as they go through their pro day workouts, they're also working hard on addressing needs in free agency. It leaves so many things up in the air, because free agency will tell us a lot about the remaining needs, and the pro day reports will telll us much more about where teams have guys lined up. So while this mock reflects what we know now, that knowledge base is about to be shifted dramatically."
As for Kiper's projection for the Dolphins, with the eighth overall pick, he is sticking with the idea that the Dolphins will look to solidify the offensive line. Kiper writes:
Miami DolphinsRecord: 6-10
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Dolphins will be adding a quarterback -- Manning is obviously in play -- and Reiff puts the finishing touches on an improved offensive line. Reiff was exceptional this past season, and given how complete he is right now, stepping in immediately on the right side shouldn't be a problem. I've said that outside linebacker would make sense here, but Miami knows offensive line play will be a big part of their success in 2012, regardless of who takes the snaps. They went O-line in Round 1 last year with good results, and doubling down wouldn't hurt them.
McShay's 2012 NFL Mock Draft, however, has the Dolphins going in a different direction with their pick. About the mock, McShay stated, "The NFL combine has come and gone, so what better time for an updated 2012 mock draft? On-campus pro day workouts and the upcoming free agency period and on-campus pro day workouts will shift team needs and draft projections over the next few weeks, but as things stand right now we have a good idea what holes teams need to fill and where prospects fit on the overall draft board."
So, who does McShay feel is in the Dolphins' sights?
Miami DolphinsRecord: 6-10
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Miami is also going to be in the running for the second overall pick, and there is chatter about Manning or Matt Flynn landing with the Dolphins, but if quarterback is still a need on draft day Tannehill will get a long look here. He's not nearly as polished as the top two quarterbacks, but he has a lot of natural skills and all kinds if potential. And don't forget, Tannehill played under new Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M.
What do you think of the picks? Do you agree with either of them? Or, do you see Miami heading a different direction?