1. Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle (Texas A&M)
2. Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle (Central Michigan)
3. Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle (Oklahoma)
All three of these gentlemen are potential first-round picks and probably the three best overall players available in the NFL draft. Miami might (or might not) need an offensive lineman, and they really can't go wrong with either of these three.
It would require the Dolphins to trade up, and if the Dolphins wind up accepting the trade with the Chiefs to acquire Albert, you could start the big board with the next name on the list. However, if no deal between Miami and Kansas City is imminent, Miami could trade up to acquire either of these tackles.
4. Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End (BYU)
Ansah might be a bit too much of a challenge for the Dolphins, yet he seems like he's a permanent fixture in every mock draft's top 10. The raw power and skills of Ansah make him intriguing, but for a win-now team like the 2013 Dolphins, he seems more like someone Miami hopes another team will reach for if he's still available at No. 12.
5. Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver (West Virginia)
I am firmly against the Dolphins drafting Austin as high as many Dolphins fans want him to be drafted. He doesn't add as much to the offense as one might think, and the majority of the time he has scored has come as a running back in college (and even then, you'll notice Austin doesn't look as good against premier defenses).
But for the Dolphins to dangle Austin as trade bait to move down and acquire another second-rounder? Then I love the idea! If he's available at No. 12, Miami should cold-call every team picking behind them (except New England because that's likely the only place Austin will become a star, especially in his two games a year against Miami) asking if they're interested in giving up their first and second-rounder for Austin.
6. Tyler Eifert, Tight End (Notre Dame)
We've finally reached the part of the big board where we have someone that will A) be available for Miami to pick, and B) I'd like to see Miami acquire. Eifert should be the first-round pick if the Dolphins stay at No. 12 and will likely be available anywhere between Nos. 12-20.
7. Jonathan Cooper, Offensive Guard (North Carolina)
So the thought is that the 12th pick in the draft is too high to pick a guard. Keep in mind, once upon a time it was considered smart to draft a running back in Round 1 (nowadays you only do that if the running back is Adrian Peterson), and once upon a time you never looked in Round 1 for a quarterback (compare that to now when you have to go in Round 1 to pick a franchise quarterback).
If Eifert isn't available but Cooper is at No. 12, this should be where Miami goes, even though I love the next guy on the list despite all of the red flags.
8. Dee Milliner, Cornerback (Alabama)
Does Milliner's medical pass bother me? Of course it does. His fall on every board (at one point something I could only hope for) is indicative of how much it scares other NFL teams as well.
I still don't see him available at No. 12, but if he is, he does have the skills Miami will need in a position where they do need help.
9. Tank Carradine, Defensive End (Florida State)
I once thought that Carradine would be knocked out of Round 1 due to his torn ACL last season.
I should also mention that there was some semblance of "hope" with that thought. But at the time, every mock had Carradine going as low as the third round, only due to the injury.
However, now it's looking like Carradine might even leapfrog his own teammate Bjoern Werner and get drafted first among the two.
I'd love to see him in a Dolphins uniform, and with a trade down, it could be possible. Carradine (better suited as the right defensive lineman complimenting Cameron Wake than Werner is) is the better pass-rusher of the two and has a bit more upside than Werner.
10. 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.
While that could be a possibility, safety-needy teams like the Cowboys, Bengals or Rams might be tempted to move up to grab Vaccaro at No. 12, which is the real reason he's on the draft board: his availability at No. 12 could make him great trade bait.