With the NFL Draft just over a week away, it's time to take an in-depth look at the six players most analysts, including myself, believe the Miami Dolphins will take with the No. 8 pick in the draft.
Certainly, Miami could trade out of the No. 8 spot, but I am a firm believer in going with the best information you have at the time. At this point, a trade looks unlikely for Miami. It would cost a plethora of picks to move up into the top four selections of the draft, and there doesn't appear to be an enticing player that would encourage a team to move up into Miami's slot at no. 8.
Therefore, I believe Miami's draft options come down to Stanford guard David DeCastro, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, South Carolina defensive end/linebacker Melvin Ingram, North Carolina defensive end/defensive tackle Quinton Coples, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, and Iowa OT Riley Reiff.
I would include Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon on the off-chance that Floyd's stock rises above Blackmon's in the last few days before the draft, but as of now I see little concrete evidence of that.
Regardless, in this segment, I will present an in-depth scouting report on DeCastro based on my own comprehensive review of film. In the coming days, I will give similar reports on the other five prospects leading up to next Thursday's draft.
I have modified and scaled down a scouting report template I used while receiving my professional football scouting certification from Sports Management Worldwide for easy reading. Enjoy!