Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
We continue our staff predictions of the Miami Dolphins draft with our next 7 round mock-up of Phins predictions.
Dolphins Mock 1.2
Shane Ford – PhinPhanatic and Phinatics.com Draft Specialist
Round 1 – Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M, 6’4”, 222lbs. Miami will be going to a WCO that requires an athletic QB that can get out of the pocket, make quick decisions and throws well on the move. Tannehill does all that well, he is raw as he switched back from WR to QB in 2010 but the kid has a huge upside. If Miami lands Mike Sherman as the OC this make perfect sense as Sherman was his college coach. According to Gil Brandt and Mike Mayok Tannehill will be drafted in the first half of round one, so why not take him at 8/9?
Round 2 – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson, 6’4”, 259, 4.6 forty, 1.56 10 yard split. Branch is raw, but his talent is without question. Many feel his best fit is as a 3-4 OLB, but he can play with his hand in the dirt as well. Philbin claims they will be running a hybrid type of offense and Branch might be a perfect fit.
Round 3 – Trumaine Johnson, FS/CB, Montana, 6’2”, 204, 4.5 forty. Johnson played corner in college gathering 11 interceptions over three years, but most believe he will be a better FS in the NFL than CB. Good tackler that will support the run and can be a ballhawk in the secondary.
Round 3 – Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest, 6’, 198, 4.4 forty. Givens is the perfect mold for the type of receiver Philbin used in Green Bay. He can run, but he is more quick than fast and can get separation at the LOS. He also is very good at YAC. He’s a bit raw, but a lot of ability.
Round 4 – Nigel Bradahm, OLB, Florida State, 6’2”, 237, 4.6 forty. Rumor is Miami will be switching to a 4-3 and that Jeff Ireland told scouts shortly after Sparano was fired to start scouting 4-3 players. The transition from Miami won’t be that tough, but they do need another pass rushing DE which will be solved by drafting Mercilus, and they need a smaller faster OLB that can play sideline to sideline and work in coverage. Bradham fits that bill. He is a good tackler that plays through the whistle and the speed to keep up with backs and TE’s out in the routes.
Round 5 – Donte Moss, DE, North Carolina, 6’4”, 260, 4.6 forty. You can NEVER have enough pass rushers and if Miami switches to a 4-3 they need more than what they have. There are a lot of question marks with Moss as he has on and off the field questions as well as hurting is ACL in 2011. However, that talent he possesses is that of a top 15 pick, if the light comes on he’s a steal and a potential pro bowler, if it doesn’t you wasted a fith round pick.
Round 6 – Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech, 6’2”, 218, 4.5 forty. He’s more quick than fast and is able to get off press coverage and has strong hands. He would fit well in a WCO as he does well with YAC yards. He has the size and shiftiness to play inside and out.
Round 7 – James Carmon, OT, Mississippi State, 6’7”, 320 lbs. He is very raw and would need a year or two to develop, but has natural talent and could turn out to be a diamond in the rough. He’s worth a late pick and could play inside or out.