1. Dee Milliner, Cornerback (Alabama)
This is the dream scenario for Round 1: Will Millner falls to the Dolphins at No. 12.
Again, it's a dream scenario.
However if Milliner is available, then Jeff Ireland should employ Usain Bolt to sprint to the podium to get the draft pick in the second Miami is on the clock. Milliner would make the job of Miami's pass rush that much easier in the same way Darrelle Revis helped the Jets' pass rush and would instantly be the Dolphins number one corner.
2. Jonathan Cooper, Guard (North Carolina)
Sadly, so many Dolphins fans would boo this pick into oblivion.
That would be a mistake.
Cooper is an athletic guard made for Miami's zone blocking scheme. He has shown the ability to not only make the initial block, but also to take care of any linebackers attempting to come through.
Drafting him and putting him next to Pouncey and Incognito would give Miami a formidable middle of the offensive line, which would help make the jobs of Jonathan Martin and Miami's future right tackle that much easier.
3. Bjoern Werner, Defensive End (Florida State)
This is another pipe dream.
Werner will likely be gone by the time the Dolphins pick, yet I have Cooper ahead of Werner due to Cooper filling a bigger need for Miami but with less fallback options than Werner.
4. Desmond Trufant, Cornerback (Washington)
Trufant is a corner that fits well with Miami's scheme, as he spent most of his time at Washington playing the zone coverage favored by Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. Of the top five on Miami's big board, Trufant is the most likely to wind up with Miami and should be a great pick up in a position where Miami likely needs the most help.
Previously: fifth, moved up due to bigger need at cornerback after the signing of Mike Wallace.
5. Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback (Florida State)
Rhodes is another corner that fits Miami's scheme well and will likely be theirs for the taking in Round 1. However, while picking up a receiver in man coverage has been an issue for Rhodes, he does make up for it with his football IQ as well as the hard hits he's able to dole out.
Previously: seventh, moved up due to bigger need at cornerback after the signing of Mike Wallace.
6. Cordarelle Patterson, Wide Receiver (Tennessee)
Of all of the wide receivers available in this season's draft, Patterson has not only the greatest upside potential, but also the greatest bust potential. The intriguing upside includes the prototypical wide receiver size of 6'3", 205 pounds as well as his great play-making speed and ability.
The problem? The drops, as well as the fact that he's still raw when it comes to running routes. The Dolphins have seen this movie before (albeit in a smaller package) and might be timid to go down this road again. I know I am.
Previously: fourth, moved down due to the signing of Mike Wallace
7. Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver (California)
Allen's injuries of late might make him a lightly candidate to drop in this year's draft, meaning Miami could likely afford to trade down from the No. 12 spot and still land him later on in Rd. 1. A dynamic wide receiver for the Golden Bears, Allen not only has the prototypical NFL wide receiver body at 6'3", 205 pounds, but also has great hands and good speed.
The main reason why I've been in the Wallace camp instead of going after Greg Jennings is due to the availability of not only Allen, but also other wide receivers that will be profiled later on that possess similar skills to Jennings (with a lot more upside due to their youth).
Previously: sixth, moved down due to the signing of Mike Wallace
8. Kenny Vaccaro, Safety (Texas)
The top safety available in this year's class, Vaccaro would be a great compliment to Reshad Jones in Miami's defensive backfield. With great ability at stopping both the run and the pass, it's very likely that he will be the only safety taken in Round 1, but the difference between him and the second best safety in the draft is minimal.
9. Tyler Eifert, Tight End (Notre Dame)
Eifert fits Miami's offense very well and would be a great replacement for fellow Golden Domer Anthony Fasano (on his way to Kansas City according to Adam Schefter). He already has a fan in former Dolphin great Nick Buoniconti, who managed to plead with the Dolphins to draft Eifert while also insulting the team by stating "I'm sure he doesn't fit the mold for the Dolphins, he's too good" (per Sports Illustrated).
While the No. 12 spot is a bit too high for Eifert, he would be a great option for the Dolphins if they trade down, and if he's available during when the Dolphins pick in Round 2, then he is a must-grab for Miami.
10. Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End (LSU)
My opinion of Mingo is mixed when it comes to his fit with the Dolphins.
I'm still not sure if he would fit better as an OLB on a 3-4 team than he would as a defensive end with the Dolphins. I'm not so sure he'll drop to Miami in Round 1, despite the fact that I do think he's a tad overrated. I was not impressed by his 2012 season at LSU, but his 2011 season was excellent, and while his combine didn’t overwhelm me, I did think he had a decent outing.
When considering Miami's needs, I think being No. 10 on their big board is a pretty fair assessment. Would he be nice to have? Absolutely. But there are too many questions surrounding him for me to say he's a must-have.
11. Jonathan Cyprien, Safety (Florida International University).
One of three players on this list I've seen in person (and the only one I've seen in person on a consistent basis), Cyprien has shot up draft boards throughout the offseason thanks in part to a strong Senior Bowl, combine and pro day.
A few months ago, I thought this kid would be a great fit for the Dolphins in Round 3, but now Miami would be lucky if he got to their first second-round pick. If he does, then he's worth a shot. He'd also compliment Reshad Jones very well and was one of the hardest hitters in college football during his time at FIU.
12. Zach Ertz, Tight End (Stanford)
The Eifert-Ertz conundrum was solved for me by one thing: Ertz has fairly short arms, which isn't great when it comes to catching passes or blocking.
There's still a lot of talent in Ertz, who will more likely be available in Round 2 than Eifert. Either way, both would be a great pick up for the Dolphins. Eifert is a preferable; however, Ertz is not only a great backup plan, but also would be a great fit in his own right.
13. Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver (West Virginia)
I floated around the idea on Twitter that the Dolphins should consider dealing Davone Bess, the No. 12 pick and their third-round pick to Minnesota for their two first-round picks (No. 23 and No. 25 respectively), because Bess will be a free agent in 2014 and there will be a plethora of slot receivers available in this year's draft.
Austin is one of those receivers. He is also the most explosive. He'd be a great pick up if the Dolphins did consider such a trade and a great replacement for Bess in the slot. (Note, I'd only consider this trade if the Dolphins do wind up signing Mike Wallace.)
14. Johnthan Banks, Cornerback (Mississippi State)
Banks' combine wasn't exactly the best, and while he did have a decent pro day at Mississippi State, it wasn't exactly enough to convince me that he's a first-round pick (despite the fact that I thought he was as recently as last December).
Banks won't be worth the No. 12 pick but should be available with Miami's later second-round selection. If the goal is to overhaul the cornerback position, then he will likely be the pick, even if Miami chooses Trufant or Rhodes in Round 1.
15. Cornellius Carradine, Defensive End (FSU)
A torn ACL will likely knock Carradine away out of the Round 1; however, he would make a great compliment to Cameron Wake if utilized properly.
I have him well ahead of the potential shown by Eziekial Ansah and Margus Hunt, two players who could wind up having great NFL careers but have struggled at times in the Senior Bowl and combine (Ansah's Senior Bowl game was dominant, but the workouts leading up to the game left much to be desired).