MassanuttenRef’s Phins Mock Draft — Rounds 2 and 3


In a previous article, I began my mock for my beloved Miami Dolphins in the 2011 NFL Draft.  I outlined what I think will happen in the first day of the NFL Draft regarding the Dolphins.  It was highlighted by a trade with the Chicago Bears and the selection of Andy Dalton, QB out of TCU, with the 29th pick.

In this article, I will outline what I think will happen with the Dolphins in Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft.  This will include picks in the second and third rounds.  I have also included the Day 1 happenings as a summary.

So, here it is … MassanuttenRef’s Phins Mock Draft — Rounds 1 – 3.

ROUND 1 — Review

     With the 15th Pick: TRADE — Chicago Bears (from Miami) select Gabe Carimi (OT – Wisconsin)

     With the 29th Pick: Miami Dolphins (from Chicago) select Andy Dalton (QB – TCU)

ROUND 2

     With the 62nd Pick: Miami Dolphins (from Chicago) select Stefen Wisniewski (C – Penn State)

I have reviewed the top centers prospects in a previous article.  I believe that Stefen Wisniewski will be a great addition to boulster the Dolphins offensive line at center.  The chart below reviews and compares Wisniewski with other top tier centers in the draft. 

Stefen Wisniewski was a 2010 second team AP All-American at the right guard position.  He started all games in 2010 at RG and all games in 2009 at center — demonstrating position flexibility.  Stefen is the nephew of Raiders O-line coach and All-Pro guard Steve Wisniewski — who was a former Penn State All-American.  Wisniewski has good size for either guard or center (6′ 3″ and 313 pounds), good upper body strength (30 reps in the bench press), good lower body strength (100″ broad jump) and good quickness — his 7.51 seconds in the three cone drill was quicker than all the guards that I looked at.  What impresses me is the thought that Wisniewski played at Linebacker U — meaning that he practiced every day getting to the second level against good LBs and good LB coaching.  I like the idea that he could play center for the Dolphins with Incognito at LG and Jerry at RG.  Or, if Jerry does not pan out at RG, he could play RG with Incognito at center.  This selection is hopeful that the Raiders do not take him earlier in the second round — but, the Raiders do have other needs to address.

ROUND 3

     With the 79th Pick: Miami Dolphins select Daniel Thomas (RB – Kansas State)

I have reviewed the top running back prospects in a previous article.  I believe that Daniel Thomas will be a good addition to boulster the Dolphins rushing offense.  Recently, he has been dropping in draft stock largely because he did not run at the NFL Combine and only ran once at his Pro Day due to a hamstring injury.  I believe he will be available in the middle of the third round with good overall value.  The chart below reviews and compares Thomas with other top tier RBs in the draft.

Daniel Thomas was named to the 2nd Team All-Big 12  in 2010.   He has good size at 6′ 0″ and 230 pounds having average arm length (32.25″) and hand size (9.0″).  He has average upper body (bench press of 21 reps) and lower body (broad jump of 123″) strength.  He has below average top end speed (40 time of 4.59 sec) and lateral quickness (3-cone drill of 7.06 sec), but is a one cut runner with good vision, strength, and leverage - he does not “Dance with the Stars” at the line of scrimmage.  Thomas has an excellent two-year body of work at Kansas State after transfering from junior college – 26 career starts, 298 rushes & 27 receptions in 2010, and 545 career rushes.  Please note 545 rushes were done in two years.  He had good 2010 rushing (5.32 YPA) and receiving (6.33 YPA) production.

Please note … If Miami does not trade down in the first round to pick up a second rounder, I still think that Daniel Thomas will be a good pick for the Dolphins in this third round position.

     With the 93rd Pick: Miami Dolphins (from Chicago) select John Moffitt (G — Wisconsin)

I have reviewed the top guard prospects in a previous article.  I believe that John Moffitt will be a good addition to boulster the Dolphins offensive line.  The chart below reviews and compares Moffitt with other top tier guards in the draft.

John Moffitt has the most experience of the six prospects playing the guard position in college.  In fact, most of his starts were at LG with some starts earlier in his college career at center – this shows some position flexibility.  The Dolphins desparately need a good pulling LG — Moffitt is the only top guard prospect with LG experience.  Moffitt teamed with Gabe Carimi on the left side of the Wisconsin line to pave the way for two 1,000 rushers in 2010.  Moffitt was selected to the first team AP All-American in 2010.  Moffitt has good lower body strength (102″ in the broad jump) and above average quickness (7.79 sec in the 3 cone drill), but needs improvement in upper body strength (23 reps in the bench press).  Moffitt played well at the Senior Bowl.  During team drills, Moffitt’s strength and balance seemingly made him a tough draw for defensive tackles.   Moffitt created holes at the first level and showed good agility in the open field.  At times, the former Badger was blocking 15 yards downfield, including on a screen pass to Marshall tight end Lee Smith.  To me, this sound exactly what Sparano is looking for.

Okay!  This is my take on the second day of the NFL Draft for the Miami Dolphins.  Tell me what you think!

By the way, I’m thinking that these three picks will be good building blocks for the Miami Dolphins.  I also believe they will contribute in 2011.  Think about this … a future starting offensive line consisting of Jake Long at LT, John Moffitt at RG, Stefen Wisniewski at C, John Jerry at RG, and Vernon Carey at RT with Daniel Thomas at RB.

Tags: Andy Dalton Chicago Bears Daniel Thomas Jeff Ireland John Moffitt Miami Dolphins NFL NFL Draft NFL Mock Draft Second Round Picks Stefen Wisniewski Third Round Picks Tony Sparano

  • thomas loy

    I read a while back Miami is moving Incognito to center but wisniewski would add competition at center. Miami can always move incognito back to guard. Miami has worked out thomas, who would fill the power runner role. Miami might draft a WR at any of these slots. With Brandon Marshall’s latest incident, that might make WR a higher priority. And you didn’t have Ingram as the top selection! And TE is another possibility for any of these spots. Love the selection of Dalton.

  • corners

    Do we really want to draft a rb that will only be 5 years younger then Ronnie brown? He will be 24 before the seasons barley started. And you say has average upper and lower body strength and below average speed?

  • Luke

    I like it alot. I am not sold on Dalton in the first round but if we get a QB in round one and trade down like this those next 3 picks are right on the money with the Fins need. I would like Mallet because it is the next Dan Marino or the next Ryan Leaf but it is a gamble I am willing to take.

  • A

    thats a good draft but I would take Ponder over Dalton, Ponder has the better demeanor. I fear Dalton is a bit of a hot head, something Miami would be wise to move on from given team morale right now. It seems to me that Ponder would be all business which would be the perfect fit imo.

  • A

    also Murray at RB is intriguing b/c he can really catch the ball, Ponder to Murray on the hot could be a winner

  • Ian

    Two interior lineman in the top 3 rounds? If the Phins select an interior linemen, I think it will either be Rodney Hudson or Will Rackley in rounds 2 or 3. What about TE? I think the Phins will go with Virgil Green, Rob Housler or DJ Williams in round 3 or 4.

  • Michael

    I would be very happy with these picks. Much better than most mock drafts. Not so sure about Daniel Thomas, though. Other picks more than make up for him.

  • bahamas

    This is just my honest opinion – but i dont think we will be selecting OL with our picks. I think we will be heavy hitters in Free Agency. This is only because, Tony can’t work with his draftees right away, therefore there will be a learning curve that is too much. If you go heavy in FA you will be getting veteran players that understand the NFL and have experience, with a rookie, its baptisim by fire, and with Tony looking to protect himself, i wouldnt put all on two rookie OL.

  • http://sportstatistics.blogspot.com/ Leffty

    Drafting a QB with the first round selection is imperative, since Henne is not a quality franchise quarterback. The Jets have shown that wasting time with mid-level guys at signal-caller doesn’t get you very far, but drafting a franchise QB can be a game-changer. Locker or Mallett would both be great selections, and a running back should get taken in the middle rounds. Check it out:

    I still like Ohio State’s Cam Heyward if he’s still available. I’d even trade up a couple spots to get him. He’s a lethal end-rusher, and the DE position is getting very old very fast for us. I love Shaun Ellis, but he doesn’t have too many good years left. Check it out:

    http://sportstatistics.blogspot.com/2011/04/nfl-draft-preview-afc-east.html

  • http://sportstatistics.blogspot.com/ Leffty

    Drafting a QB with the first round selection is imperative, since Henne is not a quality franchise quarterback. The Jets have shown that wasting time with mid-level guys at signal-caller doesn’t get you very far, but drafting a franchise QB can be a game-changer. Locker or Mallett would both be great selections, and a running back should get taken in the middle rounds. Check it out:

    http://sportstatistics.blogspot.com/2011/04/nfl-draft-preview-afc-east.html

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