The dust from the Free Agency Frenzy is finally settling and the Draft is only a month away. As Pro Days approach their end the Draft picture becomes a little more focused. Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin have been busy at work this off season not only bring in players to better the team, but ones who will also make the team younger.
The biggest addition this off season was obviously Mike Wallace. Mike Wallace will be a huge advantage not only to Tannehill, but also to the other receivers on the field. One of those receivers that could benefit from Wallace's abilities is a fellow incoming free agent Dustin Keller. Dustin Keller will be a great safety blanket for Tannehill and could flourish in Miami. Of course you also have Ellerbe and Wheeler coming in to replace Dansby and Burnett. They may not be a hugh upgrade like Wallace and Keller, but they will bring youth and talent to Miami. Brandon Gibson was another addition to Miami's receiving corps. Everyone remembers Gibson's catch against Miami last year.
I fully expect Ireland to add a few more pieces to the puzzle such as former Kansas City Chief Eric Winston. Miami will also need to look to add some corners. Some options still available here would be Mike Jenkins, Brent Grimes, and Tracy Porter.
With all of that in mind, this is a three round mock with Miami's 4th through 7th round picks to follow.
2013 NFL Mock Draft:
- Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - This pick seems more likely by the day. The Chiefs released Winston, and now Albert is supposedly being shopped. Looks like Alex Smith will be the guy in Kansas City and he needs to be protected.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon - Gus Bradley is going to want what he had in Seattle, plenty of speed. As an OLB in a 3-4 front Jordan can rush the passer or drop into coverage, and in the 4 front he can rush with his hand in the dirt.
- Oakland Raiders (4-12): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - If the Raiders cut Palmer they will have to take Smith here or settle for someone in the 3rd at the earliest. Smith and Pryor go into camp and battle it out.
- Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida - Floyd has been rising for weeks. By taking Floyd the Eagles also help their secondary. Floyd, Sopoaga, and Cox could be a really nice front three for the Eagles.
- Detroit Lions (4-12): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - I am personally sick of mocking the Lions a corner every year. Houston is good but Milliner is better. Finally the lions can get a physical cover corner to solidify their secondary. Milliner is also very fast running a 4.3 40 at the combine.
- Cleveland Browns (5-11): Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU - The Browns run a hybrid defense and Ansah can play hand in the dirt or standing up. Ansah looked like a stud in the Senior Bowl and was making plays everywhere. The Browns will expect him to do the same.
- Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - Fisher is the best player available here and he will be the one to protect whoever is the Cardinals quaterback's blind side. Fisher could potentially get the nod for the first pick overall if the Chiefs like him more than Joeckel.
- Buffalo Bills (6-10): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - Is Patterson worth the 8th pick overall? No, but he has a ton of upside and ability. Buddy Nix is looking to make Buffalo’s offense more explosive and they can not do that with just Stevie Johnson.
- New York Jets (6-10): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - Calvin Pace, cut. Aaron Maybin, cut. Bryan Thomas, old. So you see the problem here. Rex Ryan’s 3-4 has no rushing linebackers and that needs to be fixed. Jones has had an odd offseason, but is still a beast on the outside.
- Tennessee Titans (6-10): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama - It doesn’t matter that Andy Levitre was signed. Warmack is the best player available and adding him will only improve Jake Locker and CJ2K.
- San Diego Chargers (7-9): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma - Is Phillip Rivers regressing because of Phillip Rivers, or because he is being murdered behind an awful offensive line? Regardless of who’s fault it is the Chargers need to upgrade and Johnson had a great Senior Bowl week and Combine.
- Miami Dolphins (7-9): Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina - A lot of Dolphins fans will be blowing up about this pick, but I am also a Dolphins fan. Remember when Ireland made the unsexy pick of Mike Pouncey? How did that workout? Pretty good in probably 99% of Dolphins fans eyes. This may not be a sexy pick, or even a major position of need. Corners are needed, but Cooper could be a star next to Pouncey.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Xavier Rhoads, CB, Florida State - Tampa Bay really needs corner help and they will find it from a local Floridian. Rhoads is a very physical corner and excels in man coverage. He will also provide run support on the outside.
- Carolina Panthers (7-9): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - Richardson was in consideration for the top pick at one point, but the hype has dwindled down. This doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be good. It’s time for the Panthers to finally take a defensive tackle in the first.
- New Orleans Saints (7-9): Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - Mingo stays in Louisiana and the Saints are glad to have him. With his ability to rush the passer it will help alleviate the pressure put on the Saints horrendous secondary.
- St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - the Rams have lost Amendola and Gibson, so weapons for Bradford are needed. Austin will probably play in the slot, but anytime he gets the ball in his hands he can take it to the house. Also Steven Jackson has left and Austin could see some time there as well.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - Casey Hampton is over the hill and Ta’amu is gone. Lotulelei shouldn’t fall this far, but after the heart condition scare at the combine teams may look for more “sure things” at tackle.
- Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas - The Cowboys need secondary help and Vaccaro can provide that at safety or even as a nickel cornerback. Vaccaro is a better tackling version of Earl Thomas, and Thomas is a pretty good safety.
- New York Giants (9-7): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - I feel as if all the Giants select are defensive ends. Jerrys Reese loves defensive ends and he picks a good one here in Werner. Some compare him to Jared Allen, but I think he is more of a Chris Long.
- Chicago Bears (10-6): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State - Brown has been getting a lot of buzz lately because of his athleticism. He is a complete linebacker and can stay on the field for all three downs. Briggs, Williams, and Brown would help Bears fans over the Urlacher heartbreak.
- Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - Ogletree recently got a DUI, but is still a great linebacker with sideline to sideline ability. Burfict was a great pickup and will play inside while Ogletree could play strong or weak side linebacker.
- St. Louis Rams (from Washington) (10-6): Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU - This maybe a little high for Cyprien, but the Rams really need safety help. Cyprien is a hard hitter and is able to provide good coverage over the top. The Rams will need it agains the Seahawks newly aquired Percy Harvin.
- Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Keenan Allen, WR, California - It was a tough call here between Allen and Hopkins, but Allen wins out here due to height. Allen is a very good route runner with strong hands. He will provide a nice compliment to Greg Jennings for Christian Ponder to throw to.
- Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia - Jenkins is a big boy at 6’4” and 345 lbs. He is a monster and clogs the middle. He will demand attention in the middle of the Colts 3-4 defense.
- Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) (11-5): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - Sadly Antoine Winfield was released after a solid few years of performance in Minnesota. At the 25th pick the Vikings would love to have Trufant. Trufant is fast and shows the ability to work in man or zone coverage.
- Green Bay Packers (11-5): Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame - Packers fans are going to hate me for this because no one wants Te’o on their team. Te’o is a good linebacker, especially in coverage. Te’o will be great inside for the Packers.
- Houston Texans (12-4): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - The Texans finally get a compliment to Andre Johnson. Hopkins isn’t the fastest receiver, but has very strong hands and runs good routes. He even resembles Johnson’s game play a little and who wouldn’t want two Andre Johnsons?
- Denver Broncos (13-3): Damontre Moore -Elivis Dumerville is gone and needs a replacement so the Broncos secondary doesn't have to work as hard. Moore needs to hit the weight room in order to reach his full potential, but he is a monster pass rusher.
- New England Patriots (12-4): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - Jones will be a big upgrade for the Patriots. He brings a unique skill set of strength and quickness to help rush the passer and stuff the run.
- Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State - Carradine was considered a top pass rusher in this class before a torn ACL, and even after that he still is. Their is a reason he has the nickname Tank. He creates destruction all over the field and after John Abraham has left the Falcons will covet that.
- San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Matt Elam, S, Florida - Donte Whitner wasn’t very good last year, and Goldson is gone meaning the 49ers need safeties. Elam gets a reputation as just a hard hitting safety (which he is), but he also is pretty good in coverage. He won’t match up against tight ends that well, but will be an upgrade in the 49ers secondary.
- Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - Boldin is out and Justin Hunter is in. At 6’4” Hunter is a jump ball beast and has sneaky speed due to his length. Hunter needs to add some weight, but could be the best receiver in this class.
Washington -> St. Louis: Robert Griffin
Seattle -> Minnesota: Percy Harvin
- Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
- San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
- Philadelphia Eagles: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
- Detroit Lions: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
- Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland): Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
- Arizona Cardinals: Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
- New York Jets: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
- Tennessee Titans: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
- Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
- Miami Dolphins: David Amerson, CB, NC State - This may seem early for Amerson, but since the combine he has been gaining momentum in his draft status. Amerson is a ball hawk and that is exactly what Miami is loking for. Amerson looked slow against Tennessee, but ran a 4.4 40 at the combine.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
- Carolina Panthers: Eric Reid, S, LSU
New Orleans Saints:
- San Diego Chargers: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
- St. Louis Rams: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
- Dallas Cowboys: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
- New York Giants: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, OG, Tennessee
- Washington Redskins: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
- Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
- Cincinnati Bengals: Steadman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
- Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas - I have seen Okafor as high as the Giants in the first round, or as low as the Falcons in the second. It seems a lot of teams like Okafor, but no one really loves him. He isn't a speed rush guy like a lot of his peers in this years draft, but uses his strength to bully offensive linemen and maul running backs. He would be a good compliment to Wake.
- Green Bay Packers: Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
- Seattle Seahawks: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
- Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
- Denver Broncos: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
- New England Patriots: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
- Atlanta Falcons: Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
- San Francisco 49ers: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
- Baltimore Ravens: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Raiders -> Bengals: Carson Palmer
Colts -> Dolphins: Vontae Davis
Chiefs -> 49ers: Alex Smith
Browns forfeit pick for supplemental draft pick (Josh Gordon)
Saints forfeit pick for Bountygate
- Kansas City Chiefs: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
- Detroit Lions: Robert Woods, WR, USC
- Oakland Raiders: Kyle Long, OT/OG, Oregon
- Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
- Cleveland Browns: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
- Arizona Cardinals: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
- Tennessee Titans: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
- Buffalo Bills: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
- New York Jets: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
- San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina): Margus Hunt, DE/DT, SMU
- New Orleans Saints: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
- San Diego Chargers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
- Miami Dolphins: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech - This receiver pick will be highly debatable amongst the Dolphins community. With the signing of Wallace and Gibson any receiver pick could probably only be as high as 4th on the depth chart. That is the perfect reason to pick Rogers though. Rogers was Tennessee's (not Tennessee Tech) #1 receiver until off the field issues arose. Rogers has strong hands and is willing to make the catch anywhere on the field. Sharing time with Bess, Matthews, and Gibson will allow him time to grow mentally and grow his game.
- St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
- Dallas Cowboys: Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse
- New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
- Miami Dolphins (from Chicago): Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State - This pick only happens if Miami signes an offensive tackle and corner before the draft (which I expect them to do). Bell is the most underrated back in this class. He's seen a lot of carries, but he is able to handle it. Bell is pretty much Steven Jackson 2.0. He is a beast at 6'2" 230 lbs. Daniel Thomas hasn't been getting it done and Bell would be a great change of pace and goal line threat for Miami.
- Minnesota Vikings: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
- Cincinnati Bengals: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
- Washington Redskins: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
- Indianapolis Colts: Travis Frederick, OG, Wisconsin
- Seattle Seahawks: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
- Green Bay Packers: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
- Houston Texans: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
- Denver Broncos: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
- New England Patriots: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
- Atlanta Falcons: Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
- San Francisco 49ers: Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn
- Baltimore Ravens: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
- Houston Texans (Compensatory): Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
- Kansas City Chiefs (Compensatory): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
- Tennessee Titans (Compensatory): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Carolina -> San Francisco: Trent Robinson and Frank Alexander
Chicago -> Miami: Brandon Marshall
Pick 111: Zavier Gooden, LB, Missouri - Gooden could be such a steal in this years draft. His abilities are along the lines of Zach Brown from last years class. He is 6'2" 230 lbs and ran a 4.47 at the Combine. Gooden is extremely athletic, but usually with athleticism comes a lack of strength. That is not the case with Zavier Gooden. He had 27 reps on the press at the Combine, and when you watch his film he sheds blocks to make tackles very well. Gooden is a tackling machine. Gooden will be some nice competition for Koa Misi in camp. Misi has been a sure starter in Miami for no reason and for too long.
Pick 146: Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois - I remember when Miami selected a corner from Illinois that wore the number 1, and he was pretty good. Hawthorne actually reminds me a lot of Davis in the way he plays. He is very physical and is a good tackler. He also does a nice job in man coverage with his 4.4 speed. Miami need to find help at the corner position.
Pick 166: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford - With the addition of Keller Miami doesn't really need a tight end in this draft, but they currently don't have anyone that can block and catch. Toilolo has the ability to block because of his size and he does it well to. Being 6'8" also makes him a nice red zone target as well. This pick for tight end is a toss up between Toilolo and Fauria for me. Either way they are both big targets.
Pick 217: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State - The selection of Dustin Hopkins would mean Carpenter could be cut opening up around 3 million in cap space. Hopkins shows he can make them from 55 plus and has good trajectory. The only thing in question is if he can make the game winning kicks.
Pick 224: Ray Ray Armstron, S, Miami - 6'3" 227 lbs, Ray Ray Armstrong can lay the wood. He is also pretty good in coverage. With his size and speed he could match up against the new era tight ends that are in the league now. At one point Armstrong was in consideration for a first round selection, but after a run in with school boosters he was forced to sit out the 2012 season.
Pick 250: Kayvon Webster, CB, USF - Most people won't know who Kayvon Webster is. Heck I didn't know who he was until I scrolled past his name on NFL.com. What cause my attention was his 2012 stat line (82 tackles (4 for a loss), two sacks, six pass break ups, and three forced fumbles). Though he didn't make an interception this year he show good ability in man coverage and run support.