With the draft next week, I think we are starting to get a good idea of what Miami's choices are.
Tavon Austin WR West Virginia – Small and exclusively a slot receiver, but dynamic playmaker. With Wallace, Austin, and Miller, Miami would have elite speed that no team can match. I can’t really imagine Miami picking him but the thought is amazing. Most importantly he wouldn’t get many plays, and to spend the #12 pick on a guy who will get maybe 300 snaps a season doesn’t really make sense.
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame – A great red zone threat with an incredible catch radius. He is the best TE in the draft. His blocking isn’t that great, but it is still better than the other TEs in the draft. With Keller only signing a 1-year deal, and Clay and Egnew’s career in jeopardy, Eifert is the perfect long term solution at TE.
Desmond Trufant CB Washington –Trufant has good size and has the athleticism, however he is more of a man corner and his run defense is average. His backpedaling is slow, and that is a must have for a zone.
Xavier Rhodes CB FSU –Rhodes is a perfect fit for the zone scheme. He has great size, so he will be able to matchup with the big receivers. He also is very good against the run which is more of a necessity in a zone scheme.
Jonathan Cooper OG UNC – A little short, but Cooper’s athleticism and pulling ability makes him the perfect fit for a zone blocking scheme. Pouncey and Cooper would open up huge gains for Miller on sweeps or off-tackle runs. Cooper is extremely athletic and can become an all-pro guard for years.
Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri – Not a need but could be the best player available at 12. Very good pass rushing skills from the interior. Will develop for a year and could start next year, because Soliai and Starks are both free agents.
Players that would require a trade-up:
Dion Jordan – Best pass rusher in the draft.
Dee Milliner – Best CB in the draft, but Miami can get very good cornerbacks in the later rounds.
It’s tough to say but I think Miami is down to 3 options.
1. Draft Tyler Eifert
2. Draft Jonathan Cooper
Those options are the only ones that make sense right now. I would be happy with either of these 3 picks. To trade with the Raiders they would probably have to give up a 2nd and 3rd, and to trade with the Browns they would have to trade the 54th pick. Keep in mind Davone Bess is trade bait, and they can use him for ammo to trade up, or simply for a mid-round pick.
I will post Miami's options for round 2 and 3 and after that I will post my mock draft.