Week one of Free Agency has past and Miami has made a splash. Mike Wallace was delivered, Ellerbe and Wheeler are in Dansby and Burnett are out, Fasano's departure is filled with Dustin Keller, Brandon Gibson is brought in as another target for Tannehill, and Clemons, Moore, and Garner are resigned. It was a big week for Miami and most fans expect more before the Draft, but what fan isn't thinking about the Draft? Here is my mock. Enjoy it or rip it apart it's your call.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhoads, CB, Florida State - Miami needs a young standout corner since they traded Davis. This was a tough decision between Rhoads and Desmond Trufant. Rhoads bring size at 6’1” and 210 lbs along with great athleticism. Trufant brings an NFL pedigree, speed (4.38 40), and versitility. Each also has their own weaknesses too. Rhoads ran a 4.43 40, but if he can’t get a hand on smaller receivers at the line he’ll get beat. Trufant will be prone to being overpowered by bigger receivers. With some coaching Rhoads could be the better pro in my eyes. Kevin Coyle helped make Miami’s safeties one of the best tandems in the league this past year.
42. Miami Dolphins: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State - At the beginning of the year Carradine was looking like a first round pick, but tore his ACL. At 6’4” and 278 lbs Carradine looks like a defensive end. He has a good burst off the line. He could use some work one his repertoire of pass rushing moves, but can learn from Wake. He is also stout against the run.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse - 6’4”, 307 lbs, and fits the zone blocking scheme with nimble feet. The problem is he has “T-Rex” arms for an offensive lineman. He played offensive tackle at Cuse, but will bump inside at the nect level. Pugh reminds me of Andy Levitre.
77. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State - Miami will probably double down on corners in this years draft. Poyer isn’t the biggest at 6’ 191 lbs, or fastest corner in this years class, but made his fair share of plays at Oregon State (4 INTs in 2011 and 7 INTs in 2012). Poyer has fluid hips to turn and run with receivers, and is a smart player.
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State - Bell is a beast (6’2” 230 lbs) and reminds me of Steven Jackson. He was a work horse at Michigan State and should also in be one in the NFL. He is a bruiser, and that’s what Miami thought they had in Daniel Thomas. Philbin may want his own compliment to Miller in the backfield with Thomas being part of the old Miami regime. Bell also has surprisingly good hands out of the backfield.
111. Miami Dolphins: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall - Miami needs to add a receiver or two with some height and strength. Dobson measures in at 6’3” and 210 lbs. Most people know Dobson for his backhanded catch this past season. The best part about Dobson is that he uses his size to score touchdowns (15 over the past two seasons).
146. Miami Dolphins: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida - Miami needs some depth at linebacker. Jenkins has the speed and burst to move from sideline to sideline with ease. He has good pursuit to the ball carrier and wraps up in his tackles. Has some medical concerns and will get washed out by bigger lineman due to his lack of length.
166. Miami Dolphins (compensatory selection): Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA - Some Miami fans will be calling for a tight end sooner, but it’s not needed with Dustin Keller being added. Fauria is a massive red zone target at 6’7” 260 lbs. Catches the ball away from his frame which is nice for a tight end his size. Wins the jump ball by snatching the ball out of the air. Good blocker, but due to his size struggles to get low in his blocks.
217. Miami Dolphins: Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami - Armstrong didn’t play this past season due to being removed from the team for being involved with an booster. In years past Armstrong looked as if he could be a potential first round pick, and ultimately could be a steal. He covers well over the top and is a big hitter at 6’3” 227 lbs. He needs to work on consistently wrapping up the ball carrier.
224. Miami Dolphins (from Dallas Cowboys): Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State - With all of their picks, the Miami Dolphins select Florida State University’s football team. A lot of Florida guys in this draft, but it just works out that way sometimes. Dan Carpenter didn’t have the best year last year, and if a kicker is drafted he may be a cap casualty.
250. Miami Dolphins (compensatory selection): Josh Jarboe, WR, Arkansas State - Philbin said he wants 10-12 guys going into camp at the receiver position. Miami adds more height and strength here with Jarboe. From what little I have seen of him he has a nice burst off the line and cathces well.