As someone who has been obsessed with NFL Draft scouting since, say, 2009 or so, I don't know if I can recall a point where nearly every mock draft in existence had the Dolphins taking the same pla--wait, yes I can. I forgot about the Mark Ingram crap two years ago. Ahem. What I meant to say was, I can't recall a time, outside of 2011, when nearly every mock draft in existence had the Dolphins' taking the same player. Well, the tribes have spoken, and apparently our super-noticeable lack of receiver talent will be enough to convince Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin to pull the trigger on Cal receiver Keenan Allen on draft night.
Allen is a polarizing prospect on this site, but he is by no means a shabby receiver prospect. In fact, he's dynamite when it comes to route-running, hands and YAC potential--skills that wideouts live and die by in the West Coast offense. However, Allen is an ideal fit in the WCO because he lacks some of the tools to be a true No. 1 target in the NFL. He doesn't have home-run speed, nor does he possess the freakish go-up-and-get-it agility of Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green.
None of Allen's shortcomings should bother Dolphins brass, though. He's the kind of talent who would positively murder in a Green Bay-type receiver set--combining very good mitts with top-notch route-running ability and very good vision/awareness for the position. Allen demonstrates great fluidity coming off the line of scrimmage, and really snaps through his breaks. He's also a champ at working the middle of the field, and is well-rounded as a blocker. These are the details that will get (or already have) Philbin's attention.
Unlike Mark Ingram in 2011, I have no problem with this unanimous mock selection for Miami. Is Allen the best receiver prospect to come along in ages? Of course not. But is Allen the right pick for a Dolphins team that simply needs to get its young quarterback the best receiver weapons available? Definitely maybe.