First off I feel like I know some of you already, I spent a couple days looking around here on the Phinsider looking at needs and wants for the 2013 draft, reading player profiles and user comments. So thank you for the useful information and the number of open threads you guys have over here is pretty amazing.
Anyway, I don't have a strong connection to the Dolphins, I'm a life long Colts fan but my dad followed Dan Marino when I was a kid, the only other connection I had to the phins was the fact that I'd get to make 5 picks in the first three rounds and I would get to play with a top 15 pick. Fun times.
This is how it panned out:
Round one pick twelve:
TE Tyler Eifert
This pick was tough, gone were all the top Tackle prospects and I didn't feel that a CB outside of Milliner warranted the pick. And Vaccaro, I hate Vaccaro, I just wouldn't pick him unless it was in the 2nd round and even then it would have been based more on value than the fact that I think he'll be good. In hindsight Eifert probably wasn't worth the 12th pick either, however the drop off in talent at the TE position was vast compared to that of the 2nd and 3rd tier corners.
If I were actually in charge of personnel for the Dolphins I would try like everything to trade into the 20's and make my selection there.
Larry Warford Guard, Kentucky
This pick was pure value. I know that the need was more geared towards the Tackle position, but Warford fell to me and I absolutely had to take him with the way OLine talent came off the board in the first round. Warford should fit in the athletic zone blocking scheme and will provide Miami with another solid interior piece for the better part of the next decade.
Second Round Pick Fifty-Four:
Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB Connecticut
If this were real life and I had an actual staff around me I wouldn't have made this mistake. Granted it worked out because with my first third round pick I got the guy I should have taken here, that said I reached on Blidi. He's a big physical corner and I thought would fill a need. The guy I would have taken had I realized he was still on the board was:
Round Three Pick Seventy-Seven:
D.J. Hayden CB Houston
Hayden suffered a freak, near fatal vena cava tear after a tackle. I know what you're thinking: "Is that like an ACL?" no, it's a major vein that comes from your heart and returns blood to your lungs to be oxygenated and then sent out through all of your arteries. Most of the time the injury is seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, and most of the time, when this happens to you, your family is featured on anti texting while driving commercials with a little in memorial right after. But prior to his injury Hayden showed that he is a very good corner and has been impressing since resuming public workouts. In a perfect world I would have taken him in the second and Blidi with this pick.
Round Three Pick Eighty-Two:
What sold me on Mills was this scouting report among other things it states his polished game, the ability start from day one on the right side and his fit in a zone blocking scheme. The pick was between him and Barett Jones from Alabama. If I had the pick to do again, I may take Jones due to his versatility, but Mills seemed to be the superior fit to start for the Dolphins in September of 2013.
So these were my five picks. Phinsider members, how'd I do?