CBSSports' Rob Rang on Saturday published an article examining five prospects he thinks the Miami Dolphins should consider in the 2013 NFL Draft. The list is an odd one, and it's bound to upset some people on this site.
Here are a few helpful hints for those of you trying to guess the prospects on Rang's list:
- A front-seven defensive player tops the five-man ranking
- A fast-rising corner is included
- Yes, there is a tackle in the mix, but he's not of the first-round variety
- Interested in a running back? Too bad if you're not--Rang thinks a Pac 12 back should be in the Dolphins' future
- Rang lists one of the few safeties we haven't talked about on this site
And ... time's up. Here's the direction Rang sees the Dolphins steering toward in a little over two weeks:
- Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE BYU
- Jamar Taylor, CB Boise State
- Terron Armstead, OT Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- Stepfan Taylor, RB Stanford
- D.J. Swearinger, FS South Carolina
Can't argue with the first three players on Rang's list. Ansah, while raw, is an absolute animal in the pass-rush department, and would benefit from Cameron Wake's presence while also opening things up for the Dolphins' veteran defensive end. Jamar Taylor is a semi-popular name among fans who think Miami will address the cornerback position on day two. The Boise State corner, along with Houston's D.J. Hayden and Mississippi State's Darius Slay, is a premier zone-coverage piece, and he brings considerable upside and excellent wheels to the table.
Rang wisely points out that Armstead was recruited by bigger schools (including one in the Big Ten conference, historically the home of the best offensive line talent in the country), but chose Arkansas Pine-Bluff because the school allowed him to participate in both football and track and field. If the Dolphins are indeed going with Jonathan Martin at left tackle, Armstead would be a knockout complement on the right side. And yes, he has the measurables and feet to man the blindside.
Rang's inclusion of Stepfan Taylor is interesting, and I agree that he'd pair nicely with Lamar Miller in Miami's backfield. Stepfan is a chain-moving machine, and an ideal one-cut zone runner at the next level. He consistently breaks tackles, falls forward and plays faster than his 4.70 40-yard-dash time suggests.
Here's what Rang had to say about the Swearinger mention:
"With the number of picks Miami possesses, as well as the unique talent at safety available in this draft, it is a solid bet the club will add some competition," Rang wrote. "Swearinger was used throughout the secondary by South Carolina. This versatility, not to mention his ferocious hitting, could make him an intriguing fit for a Miami defense lacking playmakers in the secondary."
Looks like Swearinger could be a decent value pick in the fifth round or so. Curiously, Dolphins safeties Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones were both fifth-round selections (Clemons in 2009; Jones in 2010).
Well, what do you think of the five prospects on Rang's list. Who are the five prospects on your list? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
You can read the complete version of Rang's article here.