An overview of the Dolphins' 1st round options

It's April guys, and we know what that means. Draft time! There are plenty of mock drafts out there, so this is a bit different. This focuses solely on the 1st round, and coves any possible prospects we may draft in the 1st round. I split the prospects into two categories, players we can take with the 8th pick, and players that we should trade down for. I'm not going to get into trades and everything. Like I said, there are plenty of mocks out there for that. If all goes well, I will end up making 7 of these, one for each round. With that said, lets begin.

Prospects possibly taken with the 8th overall pick

1. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

We have needed a QB since the late 90's and we finally get a 1st round prospect if we pick Tannehill. There is a strong possibility that all of the Tannehill love the Phins are showing is just a smokescreen and we just pass on him, sending him possibly to the chiefs at 11. Some positives about Tannehill is that there will be familiarity in the system and coaching, he has outstanding footwork and excels at throwing on the run. He has prototypical size and a quick release with good velocity and accuracy on the ball. He did a decent job in college making pre-snap reads and that should come with him to the pros. Some of his cons is that he is raw and won't be able to start immediately. He has small hands, and may have fumbling problems and he also struggles with going through his reads. Grade: B

2. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

This would be my personal favorite pick. Blackmon is far and away the best WR in this year's draft class. I've seen some of his tape,and I see a young Larry Fitzgerald in him. He isn't going to destroy you with size or speed, he is only 6'1" and isn't lightning fast. But, he has uncanny ball skills, runs well after the catch, leaps for the jump ball well, has great hands and, most importantly, rarely drops the ball. That alone makes him a great replacement for Marshall in my eyes. If we select Blackmon, whoever our starting QB is next year will be very happy. This pick is a bit of a stretch though as I highly doubt Blackmon falls all the way to the 8th pick. Grade: A+

3. Micheal Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Floyd would also be a very solid WR pick at number 8. I doubt Ireland would select him though due to having a history with drugs. Floyd would be the ideal replacement for Marshall, since he is pretty much exactly like Marshall. He has decent speed, and good size with outstanding leaping ability. He is great with the jump ball and can get significant yards after the catch. In my mind, he would actually be an upgrade from Marshall. The reason for this would e because Floyd does not have the same problems Marshall did dropping the ball. His biggest strengths are his size and leaping ability, which make him a solid red zone target. I would be quite pleased with this pick. Grade: B+

4. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

The Reiff hype has fallen quite a bit recently, and that is a good thing. I understand RT is a need, but it is definitely not one that needs to be solved with a top ten pick. There are plenty of RT prospects available later in the draft, including Bobby Massie, Zebrie Sanders, Nate Potter and Andrew Datko. Anyways, Reiff is being described as having T-rex arms, meaning undersized. This will be a huge flaw at the next level as speed rushers will easily beat him around the edge. All in all, I think selecting Reiff is the worst direction the Phins could go in in the 1st rd. Grade: D

5. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

DeCastro is a great player, no doubt, but I don't think that is the direction this team should go in. We have plenty of guys for the O-line, and we have bigger needs. DeCastro is being described as one of the best guards to come out since Steve Hutchinson and should be the selection if they go BPA. My only issue with him is that I think the top ten is way to high to draft a guard. Especially since we just drafted Pouncey last year. All in all, good player, bad pick IMO. Grade: C

6. Quinton Coples, DE, N. Carolina

Coples is a great pick to help our pass rush, but may be off the board at 8. He excels at stopping the run, and is a good pass rusher to go along with that. One issue, though, is that he may not be the best fit in our system. He fits well as a 4-3 DE, but we are running a hybrid, so we need someone who can play 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. Coples won't be able to do that. On top of that, he has struggled with motivation and questions have been risen about his work ethic. He is a risky pick, but may pay off. Grade: B

7. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, S. Carolina

Ingram would be a great pick for the pass rushers.He seems to me to be the opposite of Coples. Coples is not versatile, but Ingram can play both 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. Coples has been described as having a low work ethic, While Ingram is described as having a constant motor. Coples is big, Ingram is small. But in this case, the small is good as it gives him added flexibility, with the ability to play DE and OLB. All in all, Coples has more talent than Ingram, but Ingram is a better pick for the phins. Grade: B+

Prospects we could trade down for

1. Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Mercilus is a very high risk, high reward paick for the Phins. He is a great pass rusher, but struggles at anything else. This could hurt him in the pros as his struggles to stop the run will only be amplified at the next level.With proper coaching, he could turn into another Mario WIlliams though. Mercilus is a good prospect who not only has HUGE upside, but also has huge bust potential. I would like this pick if our front 7 coaches can help him out. Grade: C+

2. Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

Perry is a much safer pick than Mercilus, but doesn't have Mercilus' upside. He is equally good as a 3-4 OLB and as a 4-3 DE. He s a good pass rusher and is stout against the run. He is versatile and will not be taken early as he is underrated a bit. Many Dolphins' fans like the idea of having Nick Perry, and I would have to agree with that. He will be solid at the next level and would be a solid acquisition that would strengthen the defense and give us ack the pass rush lost in Jason Taylor. Grade: A-

3. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

I really like Wright and think that he is going to great at the next level, but I think he will be better off as a no. 2 WR across from a top WR. Because of this, I see teams like the Texans or Bears taking them. Wright has good speed and will be used as a deep threat at the next level. They both have great no. 1 WRs, and need a no.2. If he goes into that kind of situation, he has the upside to be a Mike Wallace. If he is forced into the situation he will face here, he will be in trouble as he will not be able to develop with no no. 1 target across from him. Because of this, I think Wright is like DeCastro, he is a great player, just not a fit for our team. Grade: C-

4. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Fleener would be a great pick for Miami. Fleener is a great pass catcher and a good blocker. He has great size and will be a great TE at the next level. Fleener would be a great TE to complement Fasano as Fleener would be a pass catcher, while Fasano would be a red zone threat and a great blocker in twin TE sets. This selection gives whoever our QB is next year a great target to throw to and a solid safety valve. Grade: A

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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