First Round: 14th Selection (trade with Dallas) — David DeCastro (OG – Stanford)
The Dolphins biggest need in this draft is to fix the right side of the offensive line. With one pick, the problems are nearly solved. DeCastro fits the Philbin mode at 6’5″ and 316 pounds starting all 39 games played at Stanford. This guy is such a sure thing, I think he comes with a 10 year – 100,000 mile warranty.
Second Round: 42nd Selection — Alshon Jeffery (WR – South Carolina)
The Dolphins fill the void by the exodus of Brandon Marshall. At 6’3″ and 216 pounds, the Dolphins get a big WR with sure hands (10.25″ size) and decent speed (4.45 seconds in the 40 yard dash), and leaping ability (36.5″ in the vertical leap).
Second Round: 45th Selection (from Dallas) — Vinny Curry (DE — Marshall)
The Dolphins find a young Jason Taylor from a small school. Curry is 6’3″ and 266 pounds with ample quickness to be a pass rushing threat opposite of Cameron Wake. Curry had 11 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss last season for Marshall.
Third Round: 72nd Selection — Billy Winn (DE – Boise State)
The Dolphins decide to double up on the DE position — you cannot have enough good pass rushers. But, with Winn and his 6’4″ – 296 pounds size, the Dolphins get a unique player who can play DT in a 4-3, DE in a 3-4, and even a DE in a 4-3. This versatility, combined with the recent cut of Philip Merling, makes Winn a good pick for the Dolphins.
Third Round: 73rd Selection — George Iloka (S – Boise State)
The Dolphins select a player whose size (6’3.5″ & 225 pounds) allows him to play SS and whose quickness (4.66 seconds in the 40 yard dash and 7.03 seconds in the 3 cone drill) allows him to play FS. Iloka is a FS/SS hybrid — just what Philbin is looking for. Plus, he has played some CB in college giving him the size and skill to cover tight ends — like those two from New England.
Fourth Round: 103rd Selection — Nate Potter (OT – Boise State)
Yes, I know, the Dolphins select their third Boise State player in a row. But, Potter lead an offensive line (of no names) at Boise State which only gave up 8 sacks in the entire 2011 season. He played LT and could really challenge for the RT starting position on the Dolphins. He has good size 6’7″ and 303 pounds (maybe needing to bulk up by 10 pounds) with great quickness (7.49 seconds in the 3 cone drill) which fits the Philbin mold.
Fifth Round: 145th Selection — Terrance Ganaway (RB – Baylor)
The Dolphins select a RB with the size (5’11” & 239 pounds) to pick up the short yardage on third down and on the goal line — these were Dolphins’ weaknesses last year. Ganaway also has the quickness (4.67 seconds in the 40 yard dash and 7.15 seconds in the 3 cone drill) to have some breakaway speed to be an insurance policy in the event Reggie Bush or Daniel Thomas gets injured. Plus, the guy did catch 13 passes out of the backfield in the RG3 lead offense of Baylor.
Sixth Round: 196th Selection — Danny Coale (WR – Virginia Tech)
The Dolphins select their second wide receiver in the draft. Coale has classic West Coast Offense size (6’0″ & 201 pounds) and speed (4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash and 6.69 seconds in the 3 cone drill). He can also return punts and kicks, plus he even did some emergency punting at Virginia Tech. Please note that I also considered James Hanna (TE – Oklahoma) at this spot — good size (6’4″ & 252 pounds) and good speed (4.49 seconds in the 40 yard dash).
Seventh Round: 215th Selection — Kellen Moore (QB – Boise State)
Yes, I know, the Dolphins select their fourth Boise State player — no, I did not graduate from Boise State nor ever lived in Idaho. Moore is said to be too small (6’0″ & 197 pounds) to play in the NFL. But, all he does is win football games — a record 50 of them for Boise State to include 6 – 0 against BCS teams. His percentages (per pass attempt) are almost unbelievable — completions = 74.3%, TDs = 9.79%, INTs = 2.0%, and Sacks = 1.59%. I believe he is worth a flyer in the seventh round — you never know, Drew Brees is only 6’0″.
So, there you have it. These are who I would select in the draft.
What do you think of the picks?
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