Miami Dolphins Draft: Second Round Predictions
Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive back Will Davis of Utah State (17) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
On Monday you might remember that I wrote an article stating what I thought the Dolphins would do in the first round (in case you didn’t see it, click here). In the article I wrote that I believed the Dolphins would draft a wide receiver with their first round selection. To be honest, I can completely see them moving back in the draft just like they did a couple of years ago when they selected Jared Odrick. With no for sure talent in this draft, the Dolphins might be intrigued by the fact that they can trade down and continue to acquire more draft picks. Although there is no star in this draft, there is a lot of draft. Teams could easily find value picks in rounds 3-4, they would just have to make the right decisions.
Since I told you on Monday who I think they would draft in the first, I think it is only right to tell you what I think they will do in the second round of this year’s draft. Fortunately for the Dolphins, they have multiple picks in this year’s second round. The Dolphins hold the 42nd and 54th pick in this year’s draft, after they traded away corner back Vontae Davis prior to the start of the season. The one thing I don’t really understand about that trade was coming into the season, corner back was a big need and then they traded away their best one. I don’t know. I’m over the trade already and am no longer mad. However, it is still confusing. Anyways, back to what I was saying. With the 42nd and 54th pick, the Dolphins are certainly going to find some pieces that can step in and help this team win. With the two picks I think they will draft a tackle and then a corner back.
With the first second round pick I believe the Dolphins will end up drafting an offensive tackle. There are going to be some really good options for the Dolphins here. Players such as Brennan Williams (North Carolina) and Kyle Long (Oregon) should be available at 42. I really like Brennan Williams to go to the Dolphins with this pick. Despite being tearing his labrum last season, Williams is still regarded as one of the best lineman in this year’s draft. One of the biggest concerns with Williams however is his health. He could’ve very easily been a first round pick if he was able to stay healthy last season. At 6-7, 315, Williams is one of the biggest tackles in this year’s draft class. Here is a video of him verse Virginia Tech University.
As you can see Williams is a very good tackle and could easily start in this league. He would be an excellent addition to this Dolphins offensive line in the offseason.
Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Logan Ryan catches a pass during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Next up is the 54th pick in the draft. They traded away a cornerback to get this pick and what better way to replace the player you traded away with the pick that you got for him? There are a couple of guys that I would like the Phins to draft at this spot in the draft. The names are Logan Ryan out of Rutgers and Will Davis out of Utah State. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ryan went before the 54th pick. Last season Ryan had an incredible year at Rutgers as he ended up being arguably the best player on the defensive side of the ball. Ryan accumulated a total of 94 tackles, while defending 17 passes and was also able to reel in four interceptions. He is a very good coverage corner who could cover almost anyone in college. Because of this I could see a team drafting him before 54th, but if they don’t the Dolphins should be all over it.
On the other hand, Will Davis is a very good corner. He has a great combination of size and speed. Due to this it was no surprise that Davis was able to record an interception in at least five straight games last season. Despite not really standing out during the Senior Bowl, Davis had quite an impressive combine. Regardless of who we draft at this spot, I think it is clear that it needs to be a cornerback, unless they decide to draft one in the first round or with the 42nd pick.
Hopefully the Dolphins can continue to rebuild their team during this year’s draft. They are closer than a lot of people may think to become a playoff team. Other than New England, the Dolphins shouldn’t have a problem within the division this season and they could ultimately contend for a wild card spot.
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