I thought I would put my own Dolphins draft board together for the second round pick. Since the Dolphins are picking 10th tonight (42nd overall), my list has ten players. I focused on three positions of needs for the Dolphins — OL, DE/OLB, and WR.
1). Jonathan Martin (OT – Stanford) — Many experts had Martin as a top 15 draft pick and would be great at RT for the Dolphins — could play LT if Jake Long got injured.
2). Mike Adams (OT – Ohio State) — Almost all experts had Adams as a first round draft pick and would be great at RT for the Dolphins — could play LT if Jake Long got injured — it would be interesting to have a Michigan grad at LT and an OSU grad at RT.
3). Courtney Upshaw (DE/OLB – Alabama) — Almost all experts had Upshaw as a first round pick and would make a good strong side DE/OLB for the Dolphins — excellent compliment opposite of Cam Wake on the weak side.
4). Alshon Jeffery (WR – South Carolina) — Jeffery was thought to be a first round pick, but his stock has dropped in the recent weeks. At 6’3″ and 216 pounds, he would be a good replacement for Brandon Marshall.
5). Cordy Glenn (OG – Georgia) — Almost all experts had Glenn as a first round draft pick and would be good at RG or RT for the Dolphins — one problem is that Glenn weighs 345 pounds and Coach Philbin likes OL lighter and more mobile.
6). Vinny Curry (DE/OLB – Marshall) — I really like Curry as a hybrid DE/OLB on the strong side of the defense. He is 6’3″ and 266 pounds racking up 21.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in his final season at Marshall. He kind of reminds me a little of Jason Taylor, albeit with a bit more bulk.
7). Stephen Hill (WR – Georgia Tech) — Hill has a limited resume with only 43 catches in the last two seasons at Georgia Tech. But, Hill has impressive straight line speed (4.36 seconds in the 40 yards dash) and explosiveness (11’1″ in the broad jump). And, he has 6’3.6″ and 215 pounds frame.
8). Reuben Randle (WR – LSU) — Randle looks to be a classic West Coast Offense wide receiver at 6’2″ and 210 pounds. However, he only ran 4.55 seconds in the 40 yard dash and only has a 31″ vertical leap.
9). Mohamed Sanu (WR – Rutgers) — Some projected Sanu as a first rounder, but his stock has dropped in recent weeks. He has a classic West Coast Offense frame at 6’2″ and 211 pounds. But, Sanu only ran 4.67 seconds in the 40 yard dash.
10). Andre Branch (DE/OLB – Clemson) — Branch was once projected as a first rounder, but his stock has dropped significantly in recent months. He has a good frame (6’4″ and 259 pounds) for a DE/OLB position. But, Branch is more suited as a 4-3 DE, if he adds some bulk — does not drop into coverage very well as a 3-4 OLB.
I believe the Dolphins should focus on shoring up the OL with the second pick in the draft. Both the Jets and the Pats selected pass rushers in the first round. There are three good options for the OL — one of which should be available for the Dolphins to select. Protecting the Dolphins QB should be the first order of business — the Dolphins gave up 52 sacks last year.
What do you think? Who should the Dolphins select in the second round?
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