The Miami Dolphins are in need of wide receivers and impact players in the 2012 NFL draft. But with Justin Blackmon and Trent Richardson both likely off the board by Miami’s first-round pick, there is a bit of a drop-off in available offensive playmakers.
Ryan Tannehill is the obvious choice for Miami with the eighth pick, but should Mike Sherman, his former coach and new Dolphins’ offensive coordinator, not advocate his selection, Miami would need to look elsewhere in the first round.
Defensive talents Melvin Ingram and Quentin Coples come with question marks over size for Ingram and work ethic for Coples, and there is the potential for a fan revolt if the Dolphins use their first-round pick on another offensive lineman.
David DeCastro would be a great fit in Miami, but can the Dolphins really invest yet more money in the offensive line?
With Mike Pouncey on a first-round salary, Jake Long the highest-paid Dolphin, and Richie Incognito also earning healthy money, investing yet more money in the unit would be unwise, particularly considering how close Miami is to the salary-cap limit.
This means that the Dolphins need to find someone else worthy of the eighth pick of the draft, and many fans are now arguing that player is Michael Floyd.
Floyd, a standout receiver from Notre Dame, would fill a huge need, giving the Dolphins a talented receiver and impact player.
He has great size (6'3", 220 pounds), speed (4.47 40-yard dash) and hands, giving him all the tools necessary to be very productive in the NFL. But despite all this, the Dolphins should not draft him.
His career with the Fighting Irish ended with records for most receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. But character concerns has pushed him down draft boards, and the Dolphins cannot justify taking him in the first round.
The 2012 draft has a deep class of receivers, and talented wideouts like Chris Givens, Ryan Broyles, Tommy Streeter, and Marvin McNutt could all be selected in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.
In a deep class of receivers, it is easy to argue that the Dolphins could find a lot more value in drafting a quarterback or pass-rusher early, and focus on other areas of need later when talented players are still available.
However, while Floyd is perfectly suited to a West Coast offense, his stock has experienced a “Ryan Tannehill-esque” rise in recent weeks.
While he was previously considered a mid-to-late first-round prospect, Floyd is now among discussions as a top-10 pick. Yet some of the very same people who have said Tannehill was a late first-rounder and is not worthy of Miami’s pick are the same people advocating Floyd at No. 8 in the first round.
Quarterbacks, however, are almost always overdrafted. The demand for a top quarterback is high enough to make teams reach at the position. The same cannot be said for receivers, who can be found later in drafts; particularly in this one.
In fact, players like Dez Bryant dropped down the draft, largely due to character concerns, and like Bryant, Floyd would not come without baggage.
Arrested three times for alcohol-related offenses at college, Floyd’s run-ins with the law dogged him during his time at Notre Dame. Twice arrested for underage drinking, and once for driving under the influence, Floyd was eventually suspended by the team last year, and in the process, lost his role as team captain.
Floyd has made a number of bad decisions at college. Giving him money and then putting him in a city like Miami might only exacerbate the problem.
With the so-called “diva receivers” earning themselves a bad reputation in the NFL, it should be a big red flag to teams when a receiver comes into the league with character concerns. The NFL track records of Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant justify that concern.
Considering the Dolphins recently traded away their alpha receiver, Brandon Marshall, after a number of off-field incidents, Miami’s coaching staff and front office appear to be moving away from the problem of “diva receivers” in favor of team players.
Why trade Marshall and replace him with a player who has the potential to cause them other problems? The move just wouldn’t make sense.
As a result, the Dolphins should not make Floyd a priority. If they trade back, miss out on other options, and Floyd is still available as a late first-rounder, he might be worth a selection. But considering they passed on Dez Bryant, don’t count on it.
His recent rise up draft boards from a mid-to-late first-round pick cannot be ignored. But a strong draft class of receivers means he is by no means a necessity for the Dolphins.
Quarterback, meanwhile, is a much bigger need, and Tannehill comes from a much weaker draft class. Still, to be certain, his selection would require reaching.
Add his draft value to those red flags, arrests and the history of Miami and “diva receivers”, and Floyd begins to look like a bad fit in South Florida.
He may be a great talent and a so-called “sexy pick,” but Floyd comes with big buyer-beware tags. Selecting him at No. 8 in the first round would be a huge risk, and ultimately could prove to be a big mistake.