In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins had a clear agenda: to get pieces to instill a true West Coast offense. Four of their first five picks were spent on offensive players, all of whom could have significant roles on the team in the future. Miami also signed a number of undrafted rookies who will get the chance to prove themselves in rookie minicamp, which started this past Friday.
The Dolphins are not quite in full-rebuilding mode this season, but are definitely in a transition period with the coaching staff being completely revamped this past offseason. New coach Joe Philbin has a specific vision for the team and is in the process of molding it to fit that vision.
This transition starts with Philbin's first rookie draft class, which will be crucial to his success as Miami's head coach. The class has a few playmakers, a potential franchise quarterback and a few experiments who Philbin hopes to fit into his West-Coast style.
Here, I'll analyze each pick and lay out the best and worst case long-term projections for each player. I'll also explain what I expect from them in their rookie seasons.