The NFL offseason is constantly filled by rumors and speculation, especially during free agency. Even more than the rumors, however, the NFL offseason consists of mock drafts. Six of the CBS Sports analysts have updated their projections over the past few days. Here's a look at their picks for the Miami Dolphins.
First up, Rob Rang has the Dolphins selecting Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. Rang explains the pick, writing:
The Dolphins boast one of the NFL's better pass-rushers in Cameron Wake but received little pass rush opposite him from Jared Odrick. The 6-5, 302-pound Odrick might make more sense moved back inside to his more natural position, which could occur if the Werner were to slip to the Dolphins. Werner doesn't possess the elite athleticism normally associated with a top 10 pick but is instinctive and technically sound. He also led the ACC with 13 sacks a season ago.
Dane Brugler also sees the Dolphins raiding the Florida State defense with their 12th overall pick. However, he sees the team targeting cornerback Xavier Rhodes over Werner. About the pick, Brugler writes:
The Dolphins decided to franchise defensive tackle Randy Starks, leaving offensive tackle Jake Long and cornerback Sean Smith to hit free agency and likely leave South Beach. With the top three offensive tackles off the board, Rhodes is the next best option as he can step in and start from day one on the outside.
Patr Kirwan, Pete Prisco, Clark Judge, and Will Brinson all agree with Brugler, seeing Miami select Rhodes with their pick. Their explanations are below:
Kirwin: Sean Smith is gone and the Dolphins need a big, physical corner. Rhodes has long arms and is aggressive. He may be an immediate upgrade from Smith.
Judge: Sean Smith is gone, so there's an opening, and Rhodes is next best at this position.
Brinson: So much for a wideout here! Not sure if you saw, but the Fins signed all the wideouts, nabbing Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They lost their left tackle Jake Long and their top cornerback in Sean Smith, though, and they try to fill the latter hole here.
It's really not surprising that the projections from these mocks, as well as many of the other mock drafts from around the internet, are swinging to the Dolphins selecting a defensive player. As Brinson stated, the Dolphins locked up the wide receivers they desperately needed. The team now needs to address either cornerback or defensive end. All six of these addressed one of those two positions.
But what do you think? Are the Dolphins more likely to go cornerback or defensive end in next month's draft? Or, could it be a different position altogether?