November 12, 2011; College Park, MD, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd (3) prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NFL Draft: Could the Dolphins Be Targeting Michael Floyd?

Michael Floyd has been shooting up draft boards recently, and rumor has it even the Vikings are considering taking him with the number three pick, according to Adam Schefter. That isn’t going to happen, but just the talk of it shows how much Floyd’s stock has risen.

The Dolphins now have an obvious need at receiver and could possibly target Floyd with the number eight pick. He has plans to visit the Dolphins before the draft on April 26th.

Floyd has everything physically you want in a receiver (6 foot 3, strong, and runs a 4.47). With Marshall gone, Floyd could be the perfect prospect to come in and replace him.

The big question is, do the Dolphins view Floyd as a top 10 pick? Do they think the need at receiver is so big they will take one instead of Tannehill or a pass rusher in round one? I don’t think it’s likely, but that’s up to Jeff Ireland to decide.

Floyd would fit into the Dolphins’ new offense perfectly. He can get off the line in press coverage and is very good in one on one battles in the red zone. And, of course, he has hands.

The way I see it right now, the Dolphins will go one of four ways. They will either go Ryan Tannehill, Quinton Coples, Michael Floyd, or trade back. There are other options like Melvin Ingram and Riley Reiff, but Ingram does not fit Ireland’s prototype and I just don’t see the Dolphins going to the O-line in the first round once again.

I would not be upset at all if the Dolphins were to select Floyd. I’ve watched his tape and it impresses me every time I watch it. His body control and ability to locate the ball in the air is amazing. I have no doubt he can develop into a number one receiver quickly.

There are plenty of ways the Dolphins can go this draft. Hopefully Jeff Ireland and the front office make the right decision.

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