Breaking Down What Players Will Be Available with Miami Dolphins' 12th Pick
The Miami Dolphins have the 12th selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, barring a trade. Who will be available?
Sometime before the draft, most coveted free agents will choose their teams. This will have an obvious impact on each team's needs and strategy. Miami will be a big player in the free agent market.
So with incomplete information, I will attempt to decipher which collegiate stars will be available for the 12th pick.
If all goes well for the Dolphins, their selection could spearhead Miami's transformation into a contender.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
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Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
With Andy Reid as their new head coach, passing will be a priority for the Kansas City Chiefs. The firing of general manager Scott Pioli opens the door for a quarterback as the top selection of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs have to take a gamble on a signal-caller as the Matt Cassel project was a failure. While still negative, missing on an early pick is not as devastating as it was a few years back.
If Kansas City is not enamored with Smith, someone like Tyler Wilson or Matt Barkley can sneak up.
While all quarterbacks in this draft class will be a reach for the first overall position, the Chiefs will choose a quarterback. With Ryan Tannehill at the helm in Miami, this choice is beneficial for the Dolphins.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
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Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Jacksonville Jaguars' biggest need is at quarterback. Blaine Gabbert is a bust and Miami fans know that Chad Henne is a back-up.
This pick would have been a quarterback but it appears Tim Tebow will be behind center in Jacksonville.
Moore recently decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and Jacksonville will elect to bring his athleticism and versatility to their team.
3. Oakland Raiders
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Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Oakland Raiders have many glaring holes but they cannot pass on, arguably, the best player in this class. Stopping the run was a problem for the Raiders in 2012 and Lotulelei will help to plug the middle of their defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
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Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was in shambles during 2012, due to injury and lack of talent. Joeckel will tremendously improve the Eagles, whether Jason Peters is healthy enough to start the season or not.
Now, Philadelphia must determine if Michael Vick or Nick Foles will be their quarterback in 2013.
5. Detroit Lions
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Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Detroit Lions have to improve their defense and why not start with, arguably, the best pass rusher in the draft. Detroit might be without Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril next season, so drafting a defensive end appears to be the best alternative.
6. Cleveland Browns
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Barkevious Mingo, DE, Louisiana State
The Cleveland Browns must improve their pass rush and Mingo is freakishly fast and athletic. He has been timed in the 4.5 second range for the 40 yard dash and his stock is rising.
7. Arizona Cardinals
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The Arizona Cardinals have a bad a quarterback situation with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. Their offensive line is even worse. Taylor Lewan can be the pick here but it depends on how much of a risk-taker new GM Steve Keim is.
In the end, Arizona needs their quarterback of the future.
Again, this is a selection that benefits the Miami Dolphins.
8. Buffalo Bills
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Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Drafting a quarterback in the first round no longer requires a massive financial investment, so more teams will roll the dice on a field general.
The Buffalo Bills need an upgrade from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the choice will be between two strong-armed collegiates, Tyler Wilson and Mike Glennon.
9. New York Jets
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Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
It's time for a real quarterback in New York and the Jets' brass hopes Glennon is their guy.
10. Tennessee Titans
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Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
This is a player that Miami fans would love to land but, unfortunately, the Tennessee Titans need to improve their secondary.
The Titans have plenty of options available but this makes the most sense.
11. San Diego Chargers
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Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Barring a free agent move, this will be the San Diego Chargers' biggest need come draft day. It will be a stroke of good luck for San Diego if Lewan is still available.
12. Miami Dolphins
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It's very plausible that the Miami Dolphins will have the following collegiate stars to choose from at the 12th spot:
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Does anyone on the list excite you? Who do you think should be the Miami Dolphins first-rounder?