Mr. Ireland, I come to you with a modest idea, one that hopefully you will not only accept, but also be sure to not screw up.
It's actually two ideas but it centers around getting one of the following three players: Keenan Allen, Tyler Eifert, or Tavon Austin.
Those players are all players that play a position of need for the Miami Dolphins, but with Miami drafting 12th, they would be reaching in order to pick up those players. With that in mind, here's the ideas.
Idea number one would be to trade down the first round pick at the 12 position. The best opportunity to do that would be if Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is still on the board. Now if you like Te'o and would rather just draft him, I'd completely understand; however his value to this team might be better served as trade bait in order to move down to the 15-22 range along with picking up an additional second or third round pick along with a second rounder in the 2014 draft.
With that, Miami could use the later draft pick to draft Tavon Austin at the value he's graded at. With a third second round pick, Miami could then use that round to not only pick Hunt and Austin's West Virginia teammate Stedman Bailey, but also address the need at offensive line I highlighted in the first round slide.
The other idea though might mean Miami gives up more, and potentially keeps them from addressing some of the other needs I have them addressing in the second and third rounds. That would entail trading a second and third round pick to get an additional first rounder late that day, and using that to draft Austin.
However, that would also keep Miami from adding one of their key needs at pass rusher and in the secondary, unless of course you can manage to dig up an acorn with one of Miami's fourth, fifth, or seventh round draft picks. Despite that, there would still be enough ammunition to address many of Miami's needs in the first three rounds.
Either one of those decisions would work well for the Dolphins once you look at it, and even standing pat would work, provided you make the correct decisions (such as the ones I'm suggesting to you, but even those aren't guaranteed to be perfect as I'm sure you know).
This is the most important offseason for the Dolphins since, well last year, but for Jeff Ireland its likely his last chance to make an impact.
The right draft could propel the Dolphins into the playoffs in 2013, let's hope they get it right.