NFL Draft 2012: 4 Potential Steals for the Miami Dolphins
We have pretty much wrapped up the free agency period in the NFL and are now focused on the draft, which takes place just over a month from now.
The Dolphins have the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft and could go multiple ways, with names like Riley Reiff and Quinton Coples being brought up most often.
With that said, this article will not be focusing on the big name players coming out of the draft, but on a handful of players that could be considered steals and what round the Dolphins should take them in if they are available.
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Miami re-signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai to a two-year deal worth $12 million, but they still need some help on the defensive line.
If the Dolphins want to run both the 3-4 and 4-3 defense like they have suggested, then Jerel Worthy is almost a perfect choice in the second round.
The knocks on Worthy are about his consistency and his stamina.
Both of those things can be worked on in his first couple of years while he is second string behind Soliai. He will still see playing time when Miami runs a 4-3 and gets to “catch his breath” while they are running the 3-4.
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The Dolphins surprised a lot of people when they traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third-round picks, but it was later discovered that he had another off field “issue” and all of the sudden the move did not look too bad.
Either way, Miami will have two third-round picks this year and if one of them is spent on Juron Criner out of Arizona, then it will not go to waste.
Criner has great size (6’4 215lbs) and is a powerful route runner with quickness off the line of scrimmage.
His skill set would be a great addition to what the Dolphins already have.
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After watching both Emmanuel and older brother Sam Acho play at the University of Texas over the past couple of years, I have been quite surprised that Sam fell to the fourth round last year and that Emmanuel is a projected fifth rounder.
The younger of the two brothers, Emmanuel, recorded 131 tackles while starting in all 13 games for the Longhorns in 2011.
He can play both outside and inside linebacker.
If he can play to half of the level that his older brother played at in his rookie year for the Arizona Cardinals, then this will be a big steal for Miami and will add another great talent to their linebacker core.
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Levy Adcock played well in his stint at Oklahoma State and was named to the All-Big-12 first team in 2011.
After suffering an injury that kept him out of the Senior Bowl, Adcock was not invited to the scouting combine which significantly lowered his draft stock.
He stands at 6’6”, weighs in at 322 pounds and is a projected seventh-round pick.
While his agility may not quite be at the level of a starting NFL tackle, he is a guy that is great in the run-game and is a good depth pick that could develop into a quality starting guard.