MassanuttenRef -- Final Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft

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The 2012 NFL Draft begins tonight (Thursday) at 8:00 pm.  Although this is not the first Dolphins’ draft with Jeff Ireland at the controls, it is the first Dolphins’ draft for the coaching era of Joe Philbin.  So, it will be interesting how the Dolphins’ selection may or may not differ from the past.

After all the analysis, here is my Final Dolphins Seven Round Mock Draft.

Jan. 21, 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland talks with the media during a press conference to announce Joe Philbin as the new head coach at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Before I get into the selections, I believe the Dolphins will be trading down in the first round … with … the Dallas Cowboys.  Yes, Jeff Ireland will finally make good use of his relationship with his former employer — rather than just picking up rotten acorns like Marc Columbo.  The Cowboys are in desperate need of a Safety and love Mark Barron (Alabama).  The problem for the Cowboys (14th pick) is that the Bills (10th pick) also need a Safety and love Barron.  So, the Cowboys will jump over the Bills by trading their 14th pick (first round) and their 45th pick (second round) to the Dolphins for their 8th pick — the Dolphins will throw in a back-up roster player (like Marlon Moore or Roberto Wallace) in order to compensate for the 150 point value differential.

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