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Miami Dolphins Face Many Options With 12th Overall Pick


 

Unlike last year, the Miami Dolphins could go a number of different ways with their first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. Prior to last year’s draft, it was pretty evident that the Dolphins were looking at drafting QB Ryan Tannehill with the number eight overall selection, and they did. However, Miami’s hyper activity in this year’s Free Agency has left fans speculating at what exactly Miami will do with their first selection in the draft. GM Jeff Ireland has pulled the trigger and brought in many players to fill glaring holes on this team. With eleven picks, this team is no where near done adding to this team and has the ability to enter the following season with one of the better rosters in the NFL. I see the Dolphins going four different ways with the twelfth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. These options are not in any particular order, and these are just the four that I see as most likely.

Option 1: Defensive End – The Dolphins flirted with many veteran DE’s in FA including Osi Umenyiora, Elvis Dumervil, and John Abraham, but decided not to sign one (at least not yet). I think this was a smart move. Their are many mouth-watering pass rushers in this year’s draft. I could see Miami taking a DE with their first selection, possibly Barkevious Mingo out of LSU or Bjoern Werner out of FSU. Finding a compliment for Cameron Wake is a must.

Option 2: Offensive Tackle – Miami lost OT Jake Long to St. Louis, but could find his replacement in April. It is not likely that any of the “Big 3″ (Joeckel, Fisher, Johnson) fall to the 12th spot, but if one of them does, I see Miami grabbing them. If one does fall, it will be Johnson, who I think will be a beast in the NFL. While Miami could easily take a tackle with one of their second round selections, but I think Long’s true replacement would come out of these three linemen.

Option 3: Cornerback – Before Jeff Ireland went out and got CB Brent Grimes from Atlanta, I saw the Dolphins going CB with their first selection. With the addition of Grimes, I think the draft is deep enough at the Cornerback position for the Fins to wait until the second round to grab one. Many people see Miami taking Xavier Rhodes at 12, but I don’t think it would be a bad idea to wait and take Wreh-Wilson or Jamar Taylor in the second round. If by some miracle Dee Milliner falls to twelve, then the Miami Dolphins will be going cornerback with their first overall selection (DUH).

Option 4: Trade Down - Miami already has more picks in this year’s draft than most teams, but they could easily add a couple more by trading down. I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing the Dolphins trade the 12th pick for a lower first round pick while adding a second or third round selection. Teams will get desperate if they see their list of desired players go quickly, and Miami could use that to their advantage. This is never a bad option, especially in a draft that is as deep as this one is.

Nobody will know which way Miami will go in the draft until April 25th, unless the organization comes out and says it. Until then, all anyone can do is speculate. That’s the exciting part of the draft: nobody knows what is going to happen until it happens. The fact that the Dolphins have options with the first pick is a good thing. If one of their “go-to” guys is taken before the number 12 spot, then Miami can just adjust and focus on another position that needs filling. With eleven picks, the Dolphins have the ability to fill every need.

The question is, will they fill every need?

The only answer is we won’t know until it happens.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.sessions.94 Jimmy Sessions

    I have been saying the Fins will draft a DE since decussions began last month. That’s what the draft and team need dictates. In my opinion the best pass defence is a good pass rush. As good as C. Wake is we can’t overlook the fact that he is 31 yrs. old. Even if O. Vernon has a breakout season this year we are still in need of someone to replace Wake in a season or 2. Bjoern Werner is my personal favorite for the job, he reminds me of JJ Watt. As for option #2 &3 there is lots of really good lineman and corners in rounds 2,3&4 rounds. I don’t think we trade down in the first round if anything we may need to trade up a couple of spots to get Werner in the first. We don’t need 15 picks in the draft after all only about 5-7 of these players are likely to make the roster anyway. I prefer a more surgical approach to the draft rather than the shotgun approach.

    • CTFan

      I Agree Werner is my pick for #1 too. There are good corner that are better suited for zone Coverage in the 2nd round and they can Double down on two of them.

      • Eric Roddy

        As of now, Werner is who I hope the Fins will draft at 12 overall. I have a gut feeling they will take a lineman though, and if they can’t get one of the big three, I hope they pass on a lineman and do go pass rusher. Thanks for reading guys!

    • Miami Jules

      About Werner… as many of you know, Werner is the top ranked DE in this year’s class, but yet, what I find conderning is, he’s still slated to drop below Ansah for example… Is he not translating to the pro’s? I wonder. I’m not totally opposed to him being drafted but let’s just say I am, for lack of a better word… ahem… concerned.

  • Miami Jules

    Erick, I agree with your 1st 3 options for round 1… Not a fan of trading down at this point…Not going to ignore WR’s since the player I’ve been a fan of since the bowls, has been a Ryab Swope, but he’s not coming up until 77 or 82. He is my T Y Hilton of last year… I can almost see NE getting him before his time just as a pre-emptive move… Bela-Chick can be sly…beware my friends, but most of all, stay thirsty my friends.

    • Eric Roddy

      Jules, you’re right, I don’t see Miami trading down as of now, but the option is definitely there. If anything, I actually see Miami trading UP to get either Milliner or Lane Johnson, but I kind of hope they don’t. Swope is an interesting prospect, I like that he already has chemistry with Sherman and Tannehill. I’m a big Bess fan though (a.k.a Mr Third Down). Thanks for reading!

      • Miami Jules

        I’d love to get johnson Eric IF in an ideal situation, he just drops down… BUT, the chances of that happening are slim to none or if it costs us something below the 4th or 5th which is likely not to happen either (this is only my 2nd year as a wanna-be-amateur-analyst) and I would know either because I haven’t educated myself yet as to the points of value, but allow me to say 3 words to you: Menelik Watson

        12-L. Johnson or E. Ansah or BPA
        42-Jonathan Cyprien or Jamar Taylor
        54-Menelik Watson or Margus Hunt
        77-Robert Alford or RYAN SWOPE (If NE is interested get Swope Here)
        82-(drafted Alford above) RYAN SWOPE
        11-Marquis Goodwin or Shawn Williams