OK, this is my bold prediction. There have been many names tossed around of who Miami will pick and my feeling is they won’t, not at #12.
Names like Dez Bryant, Derrick Morgan, Eric Berry, and Rolando McClain have all been tossed around as being top 10 picks, and all of these names have been on somebody’s mock draft to be selected by the Dolphins. The newest name to be drawing a buzz is CJ Spiller. Thanks to Chris Johnson’s remarkable 2009 campaign Spiller’s value is that of the top running back in the draft. Spiller may not be a bruising type of between the tackles running back, but like Johnson he is the back that can take it the distance every time he touches the ball. In his 4 year career at Clemson Spiller had 52 TD’s and 21 of them went for more than 50 yards. Spiller is not only a threat running the ball but he catches the ball extremely well out of the backfield and is an excellent return man. Unlike Ginn, while Spiller is fast he is also quick. The combination makes him a weapon in the open field and a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.
Jeff Ireland has mentioned the need of a playmaker on offense and the picking up of “chunk” yards. It was rumored that Parcells likes Spiller a lot, but does he like him enough to pick him? We know similar rumors floated about Parcells and White last year, and while White was not a traditional pick of Parcells, he was chosen anyway. So could the Trifecta go away from tradition and take an explosive player like Spiller at #12? Only time will tell.
Of course know one knows what they plan to do outside of that war room but I fully expect Miami to do everything possible to trade out of that pick. I am not sold that there is a player available in the draft that they could chose at #12 that the additional picks they would garner from moving back would bring them. I think this draft is extremely deep from mid round one through round four. I think there will be teams interested in jumping I front of San Francisco. No matter if the player is Spiller or any of the others listed above, I firmly feel there will be a suitor to make a deal with Miami and move up to get a player they want.