Who Should The Dolphins Draft At 12?


September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs after a catch in the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Dolphins have the 12th pick in this year’s NFL Draft. As Dolphin fans, we all know that the team has multiple needs to address. Coming into this draft, we all have many questions on what the Dolphins will do. Do they draft another lineman in the first round? Will they finally find that big number one receiver that they need? Will they find someone to replace Sean Smith and Vontae Davis in the secondary? All of these are very good questions; however, I think I have an answer.  The Dolphins are going to draft a wide receiver.

I’m not sure if you know this, but after Dolphin games you can go to the opposing teams busses and have a meet and greet with the players. The Dolphins players’ lot is right next to where you can have this little meet and greet. Unfortunately, you can’t meet the Phins players, but you can talk to one or two who have their car parked in the corner. Well, when the Buffalo Bills came to town in December, I met multiple Bills players after the game. Me not wanting to be stuck in traffic, I stayed a lot longer than I had originally planned. I was talking to a Bills player, and then I turned my head and low and behold saw the man himself, Jeff Ireland putting his things in his car. Of course I had to go say something to him. Even though I know he likes to call fans “assholes” I still thought it would be a good idea to tell him who he should draft in the first round. I looked at him and said, “Jeff, draft Justin Hunter”. Surprisingly he acknowledged me; however, he wanted to go with another player; Cordarrelle Patterson. This was in December, and he already knew that he liked Patterson as a ball player. While I do agree that Patterson would be an outstanding pick, we might not be able to get him because he might get drafted before twelve. I could easily see Patterson going to either Detroit or Buffalo in the five or eight spot.

November 3, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) runs after a pass reception as TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Kenny Cain (51) defends the play during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

While it is not guaranteed that we are going to draft a wide out, it is certainly a possibility. Some of the receivers the Dolphins should look at when it comes to the draft are, Justin Hunter, Tavon Austin, and Keenan Allen. Although Justin Hunter would be a reach at twelve, I would really love to see him in a Dolphins uniform. He is a very exciting player in my opinion, who possesses an incredible amount of speed and is just an athletic freak. I know this video doesn’t have any football in it, but I encourage you to watch it. This is what made me want Justin Hunter in a Dolphins uniform.

Hopefully the Dolphins already have an idea of what they want to do in the draft. With the draft being two months away, it is imperative that the Dolphins have the right amount of knowledge about the player they want and know everything about him. Even though football is a game, it is still a business all at the same time. It is important that the Dolphins invest properly in their first round pick this year, as the team could very well be a playoff team with the right offseason acquisitions.