Featured columnists from each NFL team have been busy with a community mock draft this past week, including myself as the "general manager" for the Miami Dolphins. We were allowed trades, and I took full advantage.
Here are the results of the draft:
Round 1, Pick 27 (from New Orleans via New England): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
When the Dolphins whiffed on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, it became clear they would target a quarterback in the draft. Trading back was a risky move, but one that ultimately paid off as their top target, Ryan Tannehill, fell to the bottom of the first round. Tannehill has the potential to become a franchise quarterback for the Dolphins, something they have sorely lacked over the past 13 years.
Round 1, Pick 30 (from San Francisco): Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Note: traded picks 48 and 74 to the 49ers for pick 30.
With Ryan Tannehill and a stockpile of draft picks in their pocket, the Dolphins sacrifice one of the picks they acquired from Chicago in the Brandon Marshall deal to move up and select Coby Fleener. The Stanford product is hands-down the best tight end prospect in the draft. He gives Tannehill a legitimate seam threat to pair with underrated, do-it-all Anthony Fasano. Miami felt the need to move up with the Giants and Colts ahead of them.
Round 2, Pick 42: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Miami entered the draft with several clear needs, and a pass-rush specialist was one of them. With quarterback rising to the top of the needs list, Curry is an excellent consolation prize after choosing to wait it out at defensive end in the first round. Though not considered an elite pass-rushing prospect, the Marshall product possesses a high motor and locker room intangibles that will make him a leader on the Dolphins defense down the line.
Round 2, Pick 45 (from Dallas): Marvin Jones, WR, Cal
Losing Brandon Marshall via trade put a 6'4" hole at wide receiver for the Dolphins. At 6'1", Marvin Jones will not quite fill that hole, but the underrated Cal product fits in the Joe Philbin mold of wide receivers. Jones should immediately challenge for playing time, possibly giving the incumbent Brian Hartline a run for his starter money.
Round 3, Pick 70 (from Washington): George Iloka, SS, Boise St.
Note: traded picks 73 and 200 for pick 70
Cutting Yeremiah Bell was somewhat surprising, but the 34-year-old strong safety is a liability in coverage and his $4.5 million price tag was too much in the end. Here, the Dolphins select Iloka, third on their board at strong safety, to replace the aging veteran. At 6'3", the Boise State product has excellent size for the position to contend with the likes of Rob Gronkowski. He will compete with Reshad Jones to start, and there is a good chance he will win.
Round 4, Pick 104: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Taking McNutt gives the Dolphins a pair of receivers named Marvin in this draft, with Jones being taken in the second round. At 6'3", the former Hawkeye brings Miami the big-bodied receiver they lost in Brandon Marshall. He was a big producer at Iowa and will be Joe Philbin's Jordy Nelson in Miami.
Round 4, Pick 127 (from New England): Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
Miami could not resist taking Pierce here, who is pegged at the top of their board despite having a couple of needs elsewhere. The former Temple Owl will add depth to the running back position, which is relying on Reggie Bush in a contract year, injury-plagued Daniel Thomas, CFL import Jerome Messam, and Steve Slaton.
Round 5, Pick 148: Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
The departure of Will Allen leaves a potential hole at nickel back for the Dolphins, depending on where they want to play newly-acquired Richard Marshall. With Marshall being better-suited at free safety, Miami adds Steed her to compete with second-year defensive back Jimmy Wilson for the nickel back role. Though a bit on the small side for the position at 5'10"without elite speed to boot—the Fordham product has good instincts and ball skills, and he is well-suited to play in the slot.
Round 6, Pick 201: Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa
Having filled just about every need they had going into this draft, the Dolphins finally turn their attention to the offensive line with their final pick. Although a bit raw and undersized for the position at 6'2" and 293 pounds, Gettis flashed incredible athleticism at the Combine. He will provide depth at the position as he develops.