The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and the rumors, "leaks," and craziness are all starting to increase as we all try to wade our through the misinformation and smoke screens, SB Nation has posted their final 2012 NFL Mock Draft , and the Miami Dolphins pick has changed substantially.
Obviously, the first two picks are nearly set in stone. The Indianapolis Colts are going to take Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, followed by the Washington Redskins selecting Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. After that, however, things could potentially get thrown into chaos.
With all of the talk about owner Stephen Ross wanting the Dolphins to selet quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and the obvious attraction between Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M, and the former Aggies quarterback, the SB Nation projection has Miami selecting...well, not Ryan Tannehill.
Instead, they predict the Cleveland Browns will takenTannehill with the fourth overall pick, writing:
"Call me cynical, but at the very least Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur could buy themselves another year in Cleveland if they draft a quarterback. At least they can say they're trying. No need to rush Tannehill, let Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace work another year."
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So, with Tannehill off the board, who will the Dolphins select?
According to SB Nation, Miami will turn their attention to Michael Floyd, Wide receiver out of Notre Dame. Of the pick, Ryan Van Bibber, the author of the SB Nation mocks, writes:
"Brandon Marshall is gone. Miami needs a No. 1 receiver to replace him, and they'll pick Floyd over Blackmon with both on the board."
I want to argue against this pick, saying the Dolphins will select a pass rusher over a wide out, if they cannot get Tannehill, but the pass rusher I would want, Melvin Ingram, is off the board, having been selected one pick earlier by the Jacksonville Jaguars. With that being the case, I actually could see the Dolphins selecting a receiver - either Floyd or Blackmon. You all know I would absolutely love if Miami came away with Blackmon, but I'm not sure the value of a wide receiver in the first round is worth selecting over a pass rusher, even with Ingram off the board.