This week Exciting news for Dolphins fans came out. 1. Dee Milliner might find his way to the 12th overall selection. 2. D.J. Hayden has surfaced as possibly better then Milliner. This means, that even if Milliner doesn't make it to us, we could still fill the CB need with good value in Hayden. I will also be assuming a deal with Albert and the Chiefs doesn't get done. There is also another scenario that I very much like. So without Further Adue.
Round 1: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Alternate 1: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
These Corners are both set to be elite CB's at the next level, the Questions are all based on health. Either way, we fill a huge need at good value. Brent Grimes may not be long for Miami.
Round 2a: Menelick Watson, OT, FSU
Alternate 1: Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
This is where we take a Tackle to anchor the right side. We're putting faith in Johnathon Martin. Watson has an extremely high ceiling, as does Long. He may even develope into our starting LT if Martin can't get it done. If Watson isn't there, we take Kyle Long.
Round 2b: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Alternate 1: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
This is where we take our TE of the future. Ertz will make a great 1-2 punch with Keller and take over as #1 TE if Keller is gone next year. Ertz has the ability to stretch the field at the TE position, he needs work on his blocking. Take McDonald if Ertz is gone.
Round 3a: David Amerson, CB, NCSU
Alternate 1: D.J. Swaringer, FS, SCAR
At this point, Safety and Cornerback are of equal need, and I have a feeling that one of these two fine players will fall to us waiting for us to scoop him up. Amerson or Swaringer may not play much this year, but will most likely get their chance to shine next year when/if Clemons/Grimes walks next year. Amerson is one of my favorite players in this draft, with fantastic sophomore tape, and lackluster Junior tape, can he rebound? I believe with some Coyle coaching, yes. Swaringer is a very underrated prospect in this draft, he's probably the hardest hitting Safety in the class, and should probably go higher than he's going to go on Thursday.
Round 3b: Baccari Rambo, SS, UGA
Alternate 1: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UCONN
This is simple, If we took Amerson previously, we take Rambo here. If we took Swaringer, we take Wreh-Wilson. I also think Rambo is a very underrated prospect and should translate well to the NFL, he hits hard, and plays the ball well. Wreh-Wilson is another Underrated prospect, he may not even be here, but he has the name to be a beast in the NFL!
I'm not going to continue, Although I will say that later in the draft, we will pick up a RB, QB, K, and I really like Ray Ray Armstrong (SS) in the 7th. Other than that I'm not going into depth players and such. Plus, the odds of predicting a 4th-7th round pick is extremely unlikely. Now people may object to this next draft, but it's truly a BPA draft at a position that we could be alot better at! So when you think about it alot, you will realize that it would be a great move.
Round 1: Johnathan Cooper, OG, UNC
Alternate: D.J. Fluker, OT/OG, Alabama?
Putting Fluker as an Alternate is just a formality, the real pick is Cooper. If Milliner is gone, but Hayden, and Cooper are both sitting there, I'm taking Cooper. Before you start getting mad and shunning me, let me explain. I at first was also a skeptic of this, but when I thought about it more and more, the more it made sense. First, He fits our scheme prefectly. Second, being a guard, he is an elite prospect that we could actually get our hands on. Third, John Jerry or Lance Louis I don't think is the answer. Jerry was painfully below average last year. Fourth, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Lance Louis are all be free agents next year, Incognito is not a fit and there is a very good chance we let our pro-bowl LG walk. Fifth, Cooper will be an immediate contributor, and pro-bowl consideration player, just as Pouncey was and is, and I don't think any of you Cooper critics would think that Pouncey was a bad pick seeing everything he has accomplished. In my honest opinion, If Milliner isn't there, Cooper is the pick, If Milliner and Cooper is gone, then we try to trade down, and wether we can or not, select Hayden.
Round 2a: Jamar Taylor, CB, BSU
Alternate 1: Johnthan Banks, CB, MSU
Since we improved our O-line here, we still need a major contributor in the secondary. Taylor can do it all, man, zone, why he will be picked behind risky prospects like Desmond Trufant, and Xavier Rhodes I have no idea. I think Taylor has the potential to be the best CB in this bunch, yes, even ahead of Milliner and Hayden (not predicting he will, saying he can/has the potential to). Banks is a great fall-back option if Taylor is gone.
Round 2b: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Alternate 1: Justin Pough, OT/OG, Syracuse
We still need a starter on the Right side, and this officially sets our Line. All we can do is hope that Johnathan Martin can come through for us at LT, and Armstead at RT. Armstead's 4.71 40 speaks for itself, his potential is limitless. I don't really have any doubts about Cooper, but we have to cross our fingers with Martin and Armstead/Pugh. Another option here is to trade for Brandon Albert of course, which I'm sort of nutral on.
Round 3a and 3b are the same as in draft 1.
So, with all this said which draft would you prefer, 1, 2, or neither? Do I suck at this and need to shut up and just watch the draft? Probably. Nevertheless, it's fun imagining where my favorite team will do in the draft, especially this year when we're legit contenders. All I can say is, I wish we played either Atlanta or Carolina on the road this year so I could see it, bad luck (I live in Asheville, so Atlanta is 3 hours away, and Charlotte is less than 2).