Miami Dolphins 7-Round Mock Draft: Fresh Predictions After the Super Bowl
I'll tell you one thing. The Miami Dolphins aren't going to draft a wide receiver in the first round. While most mocks of the 2013 NFL draft may say the opposite, they can't be blamed for working with what they have.
Yes, Miami needs to add receivers, but this is a hole that will likely be filled in free agency. The Dolphins will re-sign Brian Hartline and will add Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace or Dwayne Bowe. After this, a receiver will no longer be a need for Miami. If anything, the Dolphins may try to add receiving depth in the middle rounds.
The 2013 draft is difficult to predict, starting with Kansas City's no. 1 pick. While there are no can't-miss quarterbacks in this class, teams will reach for players like Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, Mike Glennon and even Ryan Nassib. Because rookie salaries for first-rounders are much more affordable under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets might take a first-round signal-caller.
This means the Miami Dolphins will likely have dynamic talent available to them when they make the 12th selection of the 2013 NFL Draft.
First Round (No. 12) : Dion Jordan
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Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
6'6", 243 lbs, 4.68 sec (40-yard dash)
If all goes well in free agency, Miami should be drafting for depth. Jordan, a converted tight end, is athletic and versatile. Last year, he lined up at defensive end and linebacker, and he even covered slot receivers.
Dee Milliner (CB, Alabama) and Eric Fisher (OT, Central Michigan) are also candidates but will likely be gone by the time the Dolphins draft.
Second Round (No. 42) : Tyler Eifert
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Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
6'6", 251 lbs, 4.80 sec (40-yard dash)
Eifert is the most complete tight end in this draft. His blocking has improved, and he certainly has the frame to excel in this facet of his game, but his strength is his receiving talent. Eifert has great hands and excellent body control, and he is not afraid to make the dangerous catch in the middle of the field.
Last year, Eifert caught 50 passes for 685 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Miami will likely sign another tight end in free agency, whether it be Jared Cook, Dustin Keller, Fred Davis, Martellus Bennett or Anthony Fasano.
Eifert will provide another steady target in the red zone.
Second Round (No. 54) : David Amerson
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David Amerson, CB/FS, North Carolina State
6'3", 194 lbs, 4.59 (40 yard-dash)
Amerson does not possess elite speed and quickness but has tremendous defensive awareness, having made 17 interceptions during the last two seasons, returning three for touchdowns.
He is a playmaker and has the size to make the transition to free safety. The Dolphins' Reshad Jones is more comfortable as a strong safety, so Amerson can complement him.
Justin Poyer (CB, Oregon State) is a consideration but was arrested in May, and we know how much Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland frown on off-field issues.
Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington) is also a consideration but has only three interceptions in the last two years.
Third Round (No. 77) : Kyle Long
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Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
6'7", 305 lbs, 5.04 sec (40-yard dash)
Long is raw but has the pedigree to succeed in the NFL as he is the son of Howie Long and the brother of current Ram Chris Long.
Long began his collegiate career as a Florida State pitcher but had academic issues. He then played football for Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California. At Saddleback, he was moved from the defensive line to the offensive line.
He played as an Oregon Duck for one year, gaining momentum with every game. His size and athleticism are worth a third round gamble.
Third Round (No. 82) : Justin Hunter
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Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
6'4", 200 lbs, 4.49 (40-yard dash)
Here is where Miami takes a shot at a fourth receiver with major upside. Hunter has the size, speed, and athletic ability to be a premier receiver. His stock dropped because he tore his left ACL in 2011, and his durability is being questioned.
In 2012, Hunter caught 73 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns.
Fourth Round (No. 108) : Tharold Simon
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Tharold Simon, CB, Louisiana State
6'3", 187 lbs
Simon is under the radar because he was expected to return to school to play his senior year. He is considered raw but has the size and tools to succeed in the NFL.
Fifth Round : Ryan Swope
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Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
6'0", 204 lbs, 4.53 sec (40-yard dash)
Swope is a football player. There is nothing flashy about him but he gets the job done. During the Senior Bowl he was lauded for his blocking.
In 2011, he was Ryan Tannehill's favorite target, catching 89 passes for 1207 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In 2012, Swope managed 72 receptions for 913 yards and 8 touchdowns.
His familiarity with Tannehill and Mike Sherman will have him on Miami's radar.
Seventh Round: Cory Grissom and Travis Bond
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Corey Grissom, DT, South Florida
6'1", 313 lbs, 5.18 sec (40-yard dash)
Travis Bond, G, North Carolina
6'7", 330 lbs
In the seventh round, Miami takes flyers on some big boys. Grissom was second team All-Big East in 2012 and was invited to the Senior Bowl.