Miami Dolphins 2012 Mock Draft: Buying or Selling Drafttek's Latest Picks
This isn't your grandmother's mock draft, though.
Drafttek utilizes DRAFTSIM, a complex computer model that simulates the draft. So, there's no bias here. Just technology taking its best shot at one of the most unpredictable events in sports.
Anyway, I've been asked to break down Drafttek's mock draft and "buy or sell" each of Miami's picks. Let's get to it.
Round 1: No. 8: Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina
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Many of you know that I'm a huge Melvin Ingram fan. I've been advocating him for a while, and I hope to see the Dolphins call his name on draft day.
But would anybody be disappointed with Quinton Coples?
His consistency concerns are worrisome, yes. But Miami's defensive line coach, Kacy Rodgers, gets the most out of his players. And so does defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. Plus, Karlos Dansby and the rest of the Dolphins veterans won't let Coples takes plays off like he did at UNC.
If you were to draw the prototypical NFL pass-rusher, he'd probably come out looking like Coples. At 6'6", 285 pounds, Coples is a freak with so much potential, and Miami (hopefully) won't draft him unless they're confident he is committed and driven.
Round 2: No. 41: Bobby Massie, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss
The Dolphins are dealt a brutal blow in the second round of Drafttek's mock. Cordy Glenn—a big and versatile offensive lineman who would be a perfect fit for the 'Fins—is drafted with the 40th-overall pick.
With Glenn off the board, Drafttek has Miami selecting Ole Miss offensive tackle Bobby Massie.
Massie has flown under the radar so far, but he boasts an impressive resume. He tips the scales at a hefty 6'6", 325 pounds and never missed a start during his days at Ole Miss. Personally, I'd rather see Zebrie Sanders here, but there's no real reason to protest against Massie.
Round 3: No. 72: Marvin Jones, Wide Receiver, Cal
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There's no doubt Miami needs to add another wide receiver this offseason. Davone Bess belongs in the slot, and Brian Hartline is not a true No. 2 wideout—though he is better than he gets credit for.
But Marvin Jones in the third round? I don't see it.
Granted, Jones has a nice 6'3", 200-pound build, but he wasn't a standout player at Cal. And I can't fathom Miami passing on cornerbacks Brandon Boykin and Trumaine Johnson, both of whom are still on the board.
Round 4: No. 104: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas
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Will Miami stick with the 3-4 or transition to the 4-3?
That question has to be answered before I can confidently buy or sell this pick.
But Texas' Kheeston Randall can play in either alignment. His 6'5", 300-pound frame makes him eligible to play defensive end in a 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3. Because Kendall Langford and Paul Soliai are both likely departing, the Dolphins would be wise to pick up a defensive lineman here, and Randall could be a nice fit.
Round 5: No. 135: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
One of these days, Jeff Ireland has to acknowledge that his team needs a tight end. The Dolphins have been leaning on Anthony Fasano for far too long, and it's time for an upgrade.
It seems like a bit of a reach for Michael Egnew to fall into the fifth round, and he isn't the type of player Miami is inclined to target. Egnew is a great, reliable pass-catcher, but that's all he does—he's very one-dimensional.
Every tight end that Jeff Ireland has signed or drafted during his Dolphins tenure has been blocking-oriented. I fully expect Ireland to target a seam-threat tight end this offseason, but drafting Egnew would be such a drastic shift in strategy. He's simply too one-dimensional for the 'Fins, and I suspect the team will target a more balanced player.
Round 6: No. 168: Charles Brown, CB, North Carolina
Behind Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, the Dolphins have one of the shoddiest cornerback corps in the entire league. Nolan Carroll and Jimmy Wilson have both shown promise, but both are still too young and unpolished to inherit significant roles.
Maybe one—or both—of them will emerge next season, but Miami has to add some depth to their secondary.
Charles Brown wouldn't make an immediate impact on defense. Like most cornerbacks, it'll take him a few years to develop. But, Brown is a physical player (Watch the video. Trust me.) with great return skills. Miami's special teams were competent for the first time in recent memory last season, but they can't get complacent.
Adding a player like Brown, who can contribute immediately on special teams and maybe contribute on defense down the road, would be a sound move.
Round 7: No. 199: Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa
Marc Colombo is gone (good riddance), and Vernon Carey probably won't return either.
With two offensive linemen departing, the Dolphins have to add depth to the backend of their line.
The seventh round is a total crapshoot, but Markus Zusevics would be a solid selection. Iowa has a reputation for spewing out quality NFL offensive linemen, and while we can't expect Zusevics to become a contributor, maybe he'll mature into a great backup—and you can never have too many of those.