15: Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida – I find it really hard to believe that the Dolphins under Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano will go with a RB here. Unfortunately that means that there isn’t much left, position wise, to choose from. They need to go offense and I don’t see the value here for Ryan Mallet at QB. His stock is falling fast and I think the team skips him. (Personally, I think Mallet will be a very good QB in the NFL). The team could go with Alabama RB Mark Ingram here but if they don’t fix the offensive line what’s the point? This pick is also predicated on whether or not the team re-signs Richie Incognito to man the Center position. While Pouncey can play both G and C, he is a more natural guard and the Dolphins could use the help immensely as it is a weak position for them.
If Incognito does not re-sign with the team, they could look at Stefen Wisniewski to take over that spot. SW is my top pick for the team right now, in terms of personal favorite but there is zero flash in drafting a Center. Or any other line position for that matter. Still, this pick will be one of three, Oline, QB, or RB.
The Dolphins will, and you can count on it, try and trade back into the later half of round one and recoup the 2nd rounder they lost in the Brandon Marshall trade. If someone on the defensive side of the ball falls, they should find a buyer. Look for the Dolphins to really play up their interest in Ingram as there are no other RB’s in this year draft that grade out as first round talents. The Dolphins may find it easy to drop back and still have a choice of Pouncey, Wisniewski, or even Ryan Mallet.
16: Jacksonville Jaguars – Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, California
17: New England (via Oakland) – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
18: San Diego Chargers – J.J. Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin
19: NY Giants – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
20: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
21: Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
22: Indianapolis Colts: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
23: Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi, OT/G, Wisconsin
24: New Orleans Saints: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
25: Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami – The Seahawks may be the landing spot for Ryan Mallet in the first round but that will really depend on what happens with Matt Hasselbeck and more importantly if HC Pete Carrol believes he can find a better option in round 2, with maybe a Ricky Stanzi or a Christian Ponder later in the draft. It’s safe to assume that RB will not be an option here.
26: Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State
27: Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Costanzo, OT, Boston College
28: New England Patriots: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: If Mark Ingram is still on the board here, Nick Saban will be calling Bill Belichick to tell him to take him. The Patriots will likely find another runner in free agency, possibly Ronnie Brown if he enters the pool. While BenJarvis Green-Ellis ran for over 1,000 yards this year, it does not get an immediate endorsement from Belichick any more than Danny Woodhead. The Patriots need an explosive tailback and Ingram could be that guy.
29: Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State -
30: NY Jets: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
31: Green Bay Packers: Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma
32: Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Cannon, G, TCU