October 13, 2012; Oxford, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Onterio McCalebb (23) runs with the ball during the game between the Mississippi Rebels and the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook - USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins’ 7 Round Mock Draft 2.0


 

Alas, the NFL Draft is closing in on us Miami Dolphins fans!

Although rumors have been swirling that Miami has been engaging in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire LT Branden Albert, no deal has been reported.

 

That being said, it’s time to re-work our seven-round mock draft!

 

Here is a link to the previous version: http://phinphanatic.com/2013/03/28/miami-dolphins-7-round-mock-draft-1-0/

 

Round 1 (12) – Jonathan Cooper – Guard – North Carolina

 

Sep 8, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper (64) plays in the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB

 

Cooper is the most logical choice if Miami chooses to stand pat at number-twelve in the first round. The former North Carolina Tar-Heel is incredibly athletic and is one of the best guards to enter the pros in recent memory. Sure the team needs a pass rusher or corner, but the draft is incredibly deep at those positions this year. The 6’3” 311 pound athletic guard is not a “sexy” choice, but it IS the right one (even IF the team deals for Albert…).

 

Round 2 (42) – Jamar Taylor – Corner – Boise State

 

Sept.15, 2012; Boise,ID, USA; Boise State Broncos cornerback Jamar Taylor (5) takes down Miami Redhawks running back Jamire Westbrook (5) for loss during first half action at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

In my previous mock, I went with Blidi Wreh-Wilson here ( I was riding his band wagon, but it has tampered off in recent weeks..) but Taylor should be the pick at 42 if he is still available. Taylor has incredible ability to be a lock-down corner in this league. Very aggressive on the line against opposing receivers and will get involved in the run game when need be.

 

Round 2 (54) – Quanterus Smith – Defensive End – Western Kentucky

 

November 12, 2011; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) runs with the ball in front of Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive lineman Quanterus Smith (93) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

If you asked me to use one word to describe Smith I would choose the word “explosive.” Quanterus Smith has an incredibly quick first step. It’s simply amazing in my eyes. While some may question his production versus the level of competition, that did not stop Dallas from taking a chance on a former Sun-Belt pass rusher. Nor did it stop New York from taking a shot on another former Sun-Belt guy (We’re talking about DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyoria here). At 6’5” 250 pounds, Smith may have to bulk up a bit to become a “force”. But this kid is the real deal..

 

Don’t believe me? Take a look here.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKqzbt46IVA

 

Smith beats Alabama Tackle D.J. Fluker terribly! Yes, D.J. Fluker a potential top-15 pick next week…

 

Round 3 (77) – Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Corner – Connecticut

 

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson of Connecticut (15) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Man, call me silly but I had this guy going in the top-end of round two in my previous version. Wreh-Wilson is a tough guy to evaluate. You either love him, or you hate him. While I love the kid, I’m not sure WHERE exactly to peg him. If he’s still available at 77, Miami should waste no time sending the pick in. Some may say that Wreh-Wilson is more of a press cover corner, but the former UConn stand-out has some experience in zone and could develop into an excellent number-two corner for the team.

 

Round 3 (82) – Oday Aboushi – Tackle/Guard – Virginia

 

Nov 10, 2012; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers offensive tackle Oday Aboushi (72) blocks against the Miami Hurricanes at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Many may point out Aboushi’s terrible 5.45 forty-yard dash at the combine. Sure in a ZBS that is awful for a tackle, but I’m not taking this kid as a tackle…That’s right I’m doubling down on guards. My reasoning is that I believe John Jerry is a better tackle than he is a guard and I’d much rather see the team take a shot with free agent right tackle Eric Winston than anyone else in this draft (Including Branden Albert AND I don’t see Lane Johnson making it past Arizona at 7..). Anywho, I value Aboushi as guard but his versatility gives Miami choices. Jeff Ireland has made it clear that he will attempt to add depth to both sides of the line of scrimmage during the draft and he LOVES offensive linemen that can play multiple positions. Aboushi fits that bill.

 

Round 4 (111) – Josh Boyce – Wide Receiver – TCU

 

Sep 08, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) runs with the ball and scores a touchdown against the Grambling State Tigers during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

In my previous version I had Miami taking a shot with Tennessee Wide Receiver Justin Hunter. While I would love Hunter, I’m feeling that he will not get out of the first-round. While the team really doesn’t “need” to add a wide receiver, Boyce would be an excellent pick-up here. I love this kid’s speed and slot ability. Yes, slot ability. It saddens me to say this, but Davone Bess’ time in Miami is coming to an end. Boyce may not beat Bess out for the slot job during training camp, but I wouldn’t expect Miami to bring Bess back after the 2014 season ends (his contract will be up)…

 

Round 5 (146) – Michael Buchanan – Defensive End – Illinois

 

Nov 17, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Michael Buchanan (99) during the second quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Another pass rusher!? Yes. Buchanan is a physical FREAK. 6’5” 255 pounds with 34 inch arms and runs a sub 4.8 forty-yard dash. Sign me up baby. Cameron Wake is starting to get up there in age and the team must load up on pass rushers for the future. Buchanan’s stock has taken a hit due to poor showing on tape. You see flashes of brilliance and then the kid is nowhere to be found. Miami will take a look at Buchanan as a developmental guy. If this kid works on bulking up (hit about 270-280), technique and adding some pass rushing moves to his game he could help Miami’s pass rush ten fold.

 

Round 5 (166) – Knile Davis – Running Back – Arkansas

 

Sep 29, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis (7) runs for a touchdown against the Texas A

 

 

Adding Davis this late would be a steal in my eyes. Davis had a stellar career at the University of Arkansas before injuring his ankle and breaking his collar bone two-years ago. While Davis had a spectacular showing at the NFL Combine, many teams are questioning whether or not he can be a starting caliber NFL running back due to his injury history. Enter Miami. Miami does not need Davis to be the starting tailback toting the rock twenty to thirty times a game. Davis and Miller would compliment each other quite well.

 

Round 7 (217) – Michael Williams – Tight End – Alabama

 

November 10, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Michael Williams (89) carries against Texas A

 

 

I’m not ready to give up on Michael Egnew just yet. Hell, the team spent a third-round pick on the kid. Missouri used Egnew as a joker/wide receiver type player, so blocking was an issue. But we knew this when the team drafted him. Williams is one of the draft’s best blocking tight ends, but has little to no effect in the passing game. Could possibly be asked to move to tackle eventually..

 

Round 7 (224) – Jordan Rodgers – Quarterback – Vanderbilt

 

Nov 24, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Jordan Rodgers (11) looks to pass the ball during the second quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB

 

 

Nothing special to talk about here, really. Miami could stand to add a young quarterback to it’s roster to develop with Matt Moore aging and possibly looking for greener pastures in the next few years. Miami is unsure of what they really have in Pat Devlin as a back-up.

 

Round 7 (250) – Onterio McCalebb – Wide Receiver/Running Back/Return Specialist – Auburn

 

 

 

Before you throw something at me, hear me out. Miami already has a dynamic receiver in Mike Wallace. They already have a speed back in Lamar Miller. Hell, they also have a great returner in Marcus Thigpen. McCalebb is not going to be a team’s “guy” at any position. But his speed is incredible. McCalebb is reminiscent of Dexter McCluster in a way. Incredibly versatile and top-notch speed. But is insanely skinny (5’10” 165 pounds). If McCalebb can add muscle to his frame and get himself into the 180-190 range, there’s no reason he cannot be an intricate part of an offense in today’s speed oriented game.

I will leave you with this….

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NymG4RfU23U

 

Well, there it is my friends. No, this is not my FINAL mock.

 

Check back Thursday to see my final Miami Dolphins Seven-Round Mock Draft!

 

Tags: 7 Round Mock Draft Blidi Wreh-Wilson Featured Jamar Taylor Jonathan Cooper Jordan Rodgers Josh Boyce Knile Davis Miami Dolphins Michael Buchanan Michael Williams Mock Draft Oday Aboushi Onterio McCalebb Popular Quanterus Smith

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-J-Bailey/1055197089 Matthew J Bailey

    I don’t see us taking two DEs. I’d see a developmental DT in there over the 2nd DE. I like the Willaims pick, though. I think he’s a real sleeper in this draft, and his plus blocking skills would work well with Keller in the two TE set.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Mann, I tried so hard to find a decent DT in the fifth. Couldn’t really find any besides Bennie Logan of LSU. While I like Logan, I think his upsides pushes him into the fourth round. And I reeeeeally couldn’t find any DTs that fit our scheme in the latter rounds. And I’m a fan of Williams also. I wouldn’t mind Sims if he slipped into the late fifth, but I find his pass skills landing him in the late fourth/early fifth. Thanks for the read and the comment, Matthew!

  • Sean O’Reilly

    Wow this is one of the few mock drafts i really like!! Great job!
    Davis has great upside, like Smith and love taylor. Cooper could really make this line among the best. The big IF is Martin, can he come into his own in yr 2?

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thank you for your kind words, Sean. I am HUGE fans of Davis and Taylor also! Smith is a high upside guy as well, but must become more consistent and fine tune his run game. And I agree on Martin. This offensive line makes it or breaks it with him. Thanks for the read and the comment, Sean!

  • Miami Jules

    I like, I like… different from mine mind you, but I could certainly feel excited about yours too… specially love the Jamar Taylor pick but then I have always known you liked Taylor. I especially like the addressing of the needs. Now I’m sure if someone would just drop from above, at any of those positions, you wouldn’t hesitate. Hypothetically… Who would you be ready to pick if they dropped if anyone? Just out of curiosity. BTW LOVED the Williams pick, .

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thank you, Julian! Very kind and intelligent as always! When you say “dropped”, what round are we talking?

      • Miami Jules

        Any round Tyler… for instance, you have Cooper at 12, but after SD has picked we realize there are 1 or 2 player who are surprisingly still available… say Lane, Ansah… and there’ll be other players who will drop to other rounds too, I am curious as to whom you would snatch if they were available, and whom you don’t factor in because you don’t want to trade up.

        • TylerMcMullen

          While it’s hard to suggest players dropping in the latter rounds, I would love Lane, Ansah, Jordan or Milliner at 12. I’m crossing my fingers that Alex Okafor drops into the second round!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.a.olson Tyler Alan Olson

    I like this mock man. I think CB is more of a need over Cooper though. No need for McCalebb but I understand why you put him in there. I think his versatility will get him drafted to someone like Houston. My favorite pick is the Davis one.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thanks, Tyler!!

  • seattlenme

    Worst mock I have ever seen none of these guys are top prospects why waste a pick on cooper a when we could trade for Albert and get Austin, Eifert, Trufant or Rhodes after trading down in the first

    • TylerMcMullen

      Well, I am sorry that I have disappointed you. I fail to see how Cooper is not a “top” prospect. When you say “top” are you saying top five? Top ten? Miami is sitting at 12…Cooper is a top prospect and an elite one at that. It would be silly to reach for Austin, Eifert, Trufant or Rhodes at 12. If Miami were to trade down in round one, something I have been a fan of since day one, I wouldn’t mind either one of those you mentioned. But this wasn’t a mock with projected trades. Thanks for the read and the comment, though.

      • Miami Jules

        Tyler, at least you mock does not have Eifert in it… unlike the critic du jour…I’ll take you 82 pick over Eifert… also not a fan of Austin…5’9″. There are exceptions Welker is one… but Welker is a stud… even for 5’9′er… please people, don’t hound me about the 5’9″ comment… I like 5’9″…I have one at home myself.

  • Pygskyn

    I would be really annoyed if Miami chose to go this route in the draft… that said, I can really see them making a solid majority of these exact picks. So from a pure prediction standpoint, I think it’s gonna be a real good mock.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thanks for the read and the comment! Can you elaborate a bit on why you’d be annoyed if Miami were to go this route? Is it due to Cooper in the first round? Two corners high? Etc. Etc.

      • Pygskyn

        Cooper in the first round would be the biggest thing. I have no problem drafting an interior lineman at 12 in principal. My issue comes when it is done for depth (we are rock solid this year between the tackles for starters and after the Albert trade should have a brick wall along the entire line), and when we still have a glaring desperate need at such a vital position (cornerback, unless a backup guard is going to stop Tom Brady from throwing TD passes on us).

        Both corners taken are solid picks at their respective spots but both have major question marks, especially when compared to a relative sure thing like Milliner (whom Miami could have for the cost of a first and second) or Trufant whom they could probably trade back a bit and still get (heck, even Rhodes would be a better choice even though he doesn’t match the system perfectly)

        Effectively they are buckshotting two picks in the hope that one of them pans out when they could spend 2 higher picks to move up and grab the drafts best CB prospect and then if they really feel depth is needed on the line, buckshot lower picks for that depth (I think getting Long in the third makes much more sense. He’s raw but has tremendous upside and a year on the bench learning would do him wonders) instead of a vital piece that can be signed, sealed, and delivered in the first.

        The rest of the picks though I have no problems with whatsoever, I particularly like the Knile Davis pick in the 5th. If that comes down, I will be a very happy camper about it, the kid would provide awesome depth and could eventually give us an excuse to release Fumblestilskin.

        • Miami Jules

          Pygskyn, I wouldn’t trade up for anyone except for maybe Lane Johnson, and since I don’t have the inside scoop on how well Martin is doing at LT, I have to abstain from that, however, trading down IF the right partner is found, is a thought I have frequently entertained.

          • Pygskyn

            I can respect that, and if I wasn’t so big on Milliner, I would be in the same boat, but Milliner is a rare talent that I think we’ll be a shutdown guy in the NFL.

          • TylerMcMullen

            I apologize for not getting back to you! I respect your opinion. Frankly you have been one of the only fans that left a very well described comment on WHY you are not a fan of this mock.

            Personally, I’m torn on whether or not the team should trade for Albert. On one hand it would help the offensive line. On the other hand we still have to pay the man. Anyways, I still would take Cooper unless something better falls to us I.E. Johnson, Milliner HA!, Jordan, Ansah…

            I understand the corner position IS a vital and crucial need currently, but I think taking Rhodes at 12 is a bigger reach than Cooper at 12. And don’t even get me started on Trufant. I like Taylor late in the second – You will this Thursday. He’s a little Will Allen ish in a way. I am a HUGE fan of Wreh-Wilson. But it’s tough to place his value. I’ve been all over the board with him, and I think his value is somewhere in the third round.

            I thank you for being quit descriptive with your reply. You’ve earned a boat load of respect in my book.

            Thanks for the read and the comments!!

          • Miami Jules

            It looks as though you feel very strongly about Milliner… I have a player I also feel very strongly about, as a matter of fact, he is my pick of the draft, except he is not a 1st rounder. I’m talking about the Swopster… “Swoper Man” himself, Ryan Swope.

  • http://twitter.com/finfanct eric powers

    If this is anywhere near the draft the Dolphins will draft then Ireland will be fired… reaching on many picks!! Not too good of an effort my friend!

    • TylerMcMullen

      Let’s see yours then..

  • Brendan Steele

    One thing I definitely agree with is Devon Bess’ time has come. I’ve drawn a lot of negative criticism the paste couple of years because I felt Bess was not a solid WR even though his numbers appear to be very good.

    I think this coaching staff (Philbin and Sherman) agree with me because Gibson, Hartline or Mattews will be a an upgrade as the slot. The slot WR has to be a threat to make big plays and score. This is something Devon Bess has struggled to do throughout his career because he lacks the speed and ability to break tackles. When he tries to fight for extra yards he fumbles.

    Love Bess’ heart, character and work ethic but his skills have not helped to open up the offense. Therefore, an upgrade desperately needed especially now that Wallace and Keller are also in the mix.