Miami Dolphins Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Mock for the Dolphins

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IApril 25, 2012

Can Quinton Coples do more of this in the NFL?
Can Quinton Coples do more of this in the NFL?Geoff Burke/Getty Images

With the 2012 NFL draft just over 24 hours away, the ink is drying on everyone's final versions of their mock drafts.

That includes mine.

Over the past few days, I've given you mock drafts for each AFC East team, one last time, not just to see if any of my projections could be right, but also to refresh everyone's mind on some of the possibilities in the draft.

Here's my final Miami Dolphins seven-round projection.


First round, Pick Eight: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

With their first pick, the Dolphins need an explosive playmaker. They can't expect to get anything less than a dynamic presence that an opponent must account for. A disruptive force on the defensive line to go along with Cameron Wake? I think that would qualify.

Coples may have questionable motor, but he's a rare physical specimen and if Joe Philbin can get him to play every down at 100 percent, the Dolphins could have a Pro Bowl player on their hands at No. 8.


Second round, Pick 42: Marvin Jones, WR, California

After trading away Brandon Marshall at the beginning of free agency, the Dolphins are in need of top-end talent at wide receiver. He's a great fit for Philbin's offense, with the size to win matchups and create yards after the catch and the route-running savvy and quickness to get open.

His experience in a pro style offense should help a bit, too.


Third round, Pick 72: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

He may not be the perfect size that Philbin is looking for in an offensive tackle, but he doesn't lack for much as a pass blocker and has the size to be a road grader for the Dolphins. 

In Sanders, the Dolphins get a guy who earned rave reviews from CBS Sports as "smart, durable, healthy, experienced and of high character."

His versatility between the two offensive tackle spots helps in the event that Jake Long goes down with an injury, but also in that he can compete for the right tackle job. He will take some work, but he has upside as a starter in the NFL.


Third round, Pick 73: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida

Josh Robinson might have been taken in the second round when Al Davis was drafting, with the fastest 40-yard dash time of anyone at the combine at 4.33 seconds. He doesn't have the size you look for at cornerback, at just 5'10" and 199 pounds, but he possesses the skill set in his quickness and fundamentals that will allow him to cover at the next level.

Per CBS Sports, he was a two-time All-Conference USA first-teamer, lodging 10 interceptions and 36 pass breakups over the past three years. He's clearly talented, and will make an impact for the Dolphins early as a rotational cornerback.


Fourth round, Pick 103: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

It's not the flashy quarterback pick Dolphins fans may be hoping for, but Cousins's experience in a pro style system would make him ideal, as he already has a grasp on many of the concepts that will be run with the Dolphins.

Cousins can't come in and lead a team with as few key pieces as the Dolphins have, but if the Dolphins can get Cousins in the fourth round, this is tremendous value for them at a position of future need without investing so high as to take them out of the quarterback race for 2013. 


Fifth round, Pick 145: Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee

The Dolphins already have their explosive running back capable of creating big plays in space. What they need, however, is a goal-line plodder who can churn out short-yardage situations. Steve Slaton and Daniel Thomas are their attempts at that, but adding Poole to the mix would give them a great option.

Poole had 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010, but only five in 2011. Although he broke a 59-yarder against Alabama in 2010, he's not explosive by any stretch, having scampered 28 yards on his longest carry in 2011.


Sixth round, Pick 196: Marcus Forston, DT, Miami

At 6'1" and 301 pounds, Forston doesn't have a true position in the NFL, but the Dolphins would be adding an athletic defensive linemen with experience putting pressure on quarterbacks in college. The Dolphins could use some rotational pieces to complement Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick.


Seventh round, Pick 213: Quinton Richardson, FS, Washington

One thing that was immediately evident at Dolphins minicamp was a lack of depth at safety. The Dolphins have just Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons to speak of in the back end of their secondary.

Adding an athlete like Richardson, who recorded a 40 time in the 4.3s at Washington's pro day, would give the Dolphins a camp body to audition for the practice squad or maybe even the roster as a rangy coverage safety.