Dolphins 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
What a wild first round.
Jeff Ireland put the draft in full tilt when he moved up to take Dion Jordan with the third overall pick. What's more, he only gave up a second-round pick for the dynamic pass-rusher.
That means Miami has less ammunition to make a trade for Branden Albert, though the way draft picks have been valued in trades this year could mean the Dolphins will get him for cheaper than initially thought.
Assuming they don't make the trade, what could the rest of their draft look like?
Round 2, Pick 54 (from Indianapolis): Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The way the draft is shaping up, Darius Slay could still be the pick for Miami at 54.
Offensive tackles have flown off the board at a torrid pace, leaving the cupboard bare for Jeff Ireland later in the second round. If Menelik Watson happens to fall, he might be a good choice, but that seems doubtful at this point.
In Slay, Miami would get one of the fastest players in the draft. He is a bit too raw to contribute as a starter, but the Dolphins have the depth to stash him on special teams and dime packages while he develops.
Round 3, Pick 77: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
The Dolphins still own this pick, but it could be the one traded for Branden Albert.
Miami is still on track to select Gavin Escobar here as well—or perhaps another tight end—given what they did in the first round and the likely lack of relative quality at offensive tackle.
Escobar brings an excellent pass-catching threat to the table for Miami, who has been lacking at the tight end department. While Dustin Keller was brought in and Michael Egnew is just in year two of development, Jeff Ireland might be looking to add another tight end in the draft.
Then again, he might think the position is deep enough to avoid.
Round 3, Pick 82 (from Chicago): David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
Assuming there is no trade for Branden Albert, the Dolphins still need to do something about the tackle position.
Thus enters Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari.
Bakhtiari is best in the run game, taking precise zone steps and instantly reading the best way to attack his tandem assignments. Bakhtiari is not the tallest of the tackle crop in 2013 at just over 6'4", but he possesses a pair of the longest arms at 34", which he uses to execute tough reach-blocks.
He needs a bit of development as a pass-blocker, but Miami could sign Eric Winston in tandem with this pick, giving Bakhtiari time to develop or even move over to right guard while he improves.
Round 4, Pick 111: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Sticking with the original pick from the final pre-draft mock, Shamarko Thomas would be another one of those speedy, versatile additions to the Dolphins defense.
Though he is listed as a strong safety, Thomas has excellent coverage skills to go with his hard-hitting ways. The biggest issue—and likely the one to short-circuit the pick for Jeff Ireland—is that he is just 5'9".
He makes up for it with his athleticism, though, and he could be another versatile chess piece for Kevin Coyle's defense.
Round 5, Pick 146: Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
Running backs are taking a tumble during the draft. How far they will fall remains to be seen, but they will eventually be plucked up.
The likelihood that Zac Stacy will be around at this pick is higher as a result, though, and the Dolphins might not have a better combination of fit and value at the position.
Stacy is a bruiser, someone who can do what Daniel Thomas was supposed to be doing the past couple of years.
The question is whether Jeff Ireland is willing to give up on a guy he drafted in the second round just two years ago.
Round 5, Pick 166 (Compensatory): Dustin Hopkins, K, FSU
Nothing that has happened in the draft so far has changed this possibility, if it is indeed a direction in which Jeff Ireland wants to go.
Dan Carpenter is being paid over $2 million, a hefty price for an above-average kicker. Hopkins would help alleviate Miami's cap number and improve the position at once.
Round 7, Pick 217: Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Apparently this is a bad draft for quarterbacks. It seems Sean Renfree's availability this late is assured based on how far the names have fallen thus far.
The 6'3" quarterback out of Duke needs to work on his decision-making, but he has the size and tools to develop into a solid backup. If it works out, Miami could use Matt Moore as trade bait next year.
Round 7, Pick 224: T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri
As much as Dolphins ans want to add a playmaker early in the draft, the wide receiver position is likely viewed as a tertiary priority in Miami's front office. But they could be looking to fill a need in the slot.
Whether Davone Bess is traded or not, Miami could use depth at slot receiver. T.J. Moe fits that bill quite nicely, even if he's not quite a Wes Welker clone.
Round 7, Pick 250: Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida
To this point, the Dolphins have done nothing to address the potential hole at defensive tackle they might have next year.
Cory Grissom is a long shot to be that guy, but he has potential. He excelled as a run-stopping defensive tackle at USF, though he is not the most athletic prospect in the draft.