4 Players Miami Dolphins Should Target on Day 3
The Dolphins biggest needs heading into the draft were an offensive tackle, a cornerback and a tag-team partner for Cameron Wake. Miami emphatically filled its pass-rushing need with Dion Jordan and doubled up on cornerbacks with Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. Dallas Thomas was selected in the third round and will likely play right tackle for the Dolphins if no other tackles are added to the team.
Now, it is difficult to predict what Jeff Ireland will do next with five draft picks remaining. His masterpiece is almost complete and he will add two pieces shortly after Day 3 of the NFL draft commences.
Let's look at some potential fourth-round selections that would fit nicely in Miami.
Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
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Khaseem Greene is the two-time defending Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Greene has everything that is required to succeed in the NFL as an outside linebacker except ideal size.
The Rutgers standout is a 6'1", 240-pound wrecking ball with 4.71 speed in the 40-yard dash. In his senior year, Greene made 136 total tackles including six sacks, forced six fumbles and defended seven passes.
All Greene does is make plays. A 4-3 scheme is perfect for a small, super-athletic linebacker like Greene. Greene can push for Koa Misi's spot.
The Dolphins have had success with small linebackers. Anyone remember Zach Thomas?
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
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Some draft experts regarded Jonathan Franklin as the best running back in the 2013 class. The UCLA standout is the second-best tailback according to CBS Sports.
While Franklin is not Tavon Austin, he is a similar threat to score every time he touches the ball in the open field. In his senior season, Franklin rushed the ball 282 times for 1,734 yards and caught 33 passes for 323 yards. The ex-Bruin also scored 15 touchdowns as a result of his plays from scrimmage.
The 5'10", 205-pound rusher ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and is expected to be a change-of-pace running back in the NFL.
You can never have too many weapons like Franklin and he would be a bargain in the fourth round.
Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State
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Last year, as a safety, Phillip Thomas scored three touchdowns. Thomas led the nation with eight interceptions in 2012, tallying a total of 13 defended passes. The Fresno State standout also made 84 total tackles including four sacks and four forced fumbles.
While being a playmaker, Thomas is small (6'0", 208 lbs.) and in 2011 he broke his left leg and dislocated his left ankle.
This has allowed the consensus 2012 All-American, Thomas, to drop into the NFL draft's fourth round.
Thomas would give Chris Clemons a run for his money in 2013.
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
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Chase Thomas is simply a football player. While not being athletically gifted, Thomas made 50.5 tackles for a loss in his Stanford career, 27.5 sacks and forced nine fumbles.
The 6'3", 244-pound linebacker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds but makes up his lack of speed with unbelievable instincts and a high football IQ.
The All-Pac12 first-teamer is the type of leader that Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin love.