Rob Rang and Dane Brugler from CBS Sports posted their first mock drafts of the year yesterday. Despite the two writers working at the same company, and publishing their mock drafts simultaneously, the two don't agree on very many picks at this point.
Even the first overall pick is up for debate, based on how the two picks are used. Rang has the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, while Brugler takes the more conventional pick of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
However, when it gets to the Miami Dolphins with the 12th overall pick, Rang and Brugler come together in a consensus for Miami's target here. They both think the Dolphins select California wide receiver Keenan Allen.
Soft hands and reliable route-running has helped Brian Hartline and Davone Bess emerge as two of the more productive receivers in the AFC for the Dolphins and their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill but for the Dolphins to take the next step, they'll need to find a pass-catcher that can strike fear into defenders.
While Brugler says:
Brian Hartline has stepped up this season, but Miami receivers have combined for just three touchdowns and the Dolphins need to get their young quarterback some help. Allen has an intriguing blend of size and speed and would instantly become the Dolphins' No. 1 receiving threat.
Of course, everything could change around the Dolphins this offseason, especially once free agency starts in March. However, it's looking, at least in mock draft writers' eyes, that the Dolphins will be looking to find their wide receiver answer in the draft come April.