Miami will not pick at #12


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.

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  • mainedolfan13

    Nole….I think that would be the best case scenario for us.

    • http://yahoo.cm michael harrison

      we need to stop the passing on us .thats where are draft picks should be focus

  • TIMZ

    Not very bold.

  • Dashall2

    Trading down from the 12 slot does make sense. Get some extra picks and load up on the talent.

  • squidmd

    It would also be nice to see a few trades (Ricky, Thigpen, P.White, Smiley, Camarillo?) for some more picks.

  • KOdy

    it would make a lot of sense. we could get 3 picks from it(last 1st and a 3rd and 4th) if we added someone like Smiley or Thigpen.

  • Deof Movestofca

    I don’t think many would question that the ‘Phins want to trade down but rather whether they can find a partner willing to meet their price and that basically will depend on which player or players will still be available at the #12 spot Thus, if they do trade it (which I think will happen), I doubt it will be before the draft.
    As for trading Ricky (as suggested by squidmd), I don’t see anyone offering the ‘Phins enough to make it worth their while. It’s simply smarter to try and find a back-up RB in the latter rounds than to trade for someone who’s likely going to be retiring soon anyway.

    • http://yahoo.cm michael harrison

      keep ricky hes still healthy from his vacation. see what we can get for players like smiley/thigpen/p.white for a couple wr

  • rbnought

    Totally agree. Best case scenario: move down approximately 3-5 positions and grab the best value (DT,S,LB,CB,RB,OG) at #15-17 and obtain another 4th or 5th round pick (hopefully someone will bite at those overrated at #12). Also, package some of the multiple 6th & 7th rounders in attempts to get another 4th or 5th (or help entice the move between 12-17). Most of the diamonds in this draft will be in the middle.

  • Phinfreak

    The best value for Miami is to do anything and everything to acquire more picks. Trading down, trading players for picks, everything.
    Then, draft the best WR, RB, OLB, NT, S, TE they can find on the board.