Dolphins 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
Day two has come and gone, and the Miami Dolphins were movers and shakers once more.
The frantic moves out and back into the third round have left Jeff Ireland with just five more picks—two in the fourth, two in the fifth and a seventh-round compensatory pick.
Having addressed the cornerback position with gusto, pass rusher and the offensive line to a certain degree, what might Ireland do with the rest of his picks?
Here is a brand-spanking-new mock draft for the third and final day of the draft.
Round 4, Pick 104 (from Cleveland): Quinton Patton, WR, Louisian Tech
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There have been a few curious "fallers" in the draft, and one of those is Quinton Patton.
The prolific receiver out of Louisiana Tech might be suffering a drop in draft stock because he lacks the ideal combination of size and speed. He isn't a burner, and he isn't a 6'4" tank.
Patton does a lot of things well, though, including lining up in the slot. He has fantastic acceleration, ideal for time in the slot. He might not have great top-end speed, but he wouldn't need to blow defenders away in that role.
There just so happens to be a vacancy at slot receiver. Davone Bess is no longer a Dolphin, and it's high time Jeff Ireland replaced him.
Round 4, Pick 106 (from New York Via New Orleans): Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
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What? A quarterback in the fourth round!
That might seem ludicrous, but so is the fact some of these guys have fallen this far. It's clear the NFL thinks less of Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib than the draft community, but the Dolphins would be getting a quality quarterback if they took Wilson here.
The former Razorback would be far more coveted were it not for a senior season that saw him lose his coach and offensive system. Bobby Petrino's scandal-ridden departure short-circuited Wilson's final year, and it is likely the main reason for his fall.
Miami could spend a year developing him and ensuring he can be a good backup, then use Matt Moore as trade bait.
Round 5, Pick 164: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
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Continuing a trend in these mock drafts, the Dolphins select a running back with their first of their fifth-round picks. Only with the way running backs are falling, they might get a shot at a different guy.
Zac Stacy occupied this space for the first two mock drafts, but Stepfan Taylor might just be sitting there when Miami's name is called.
Taylor has been flying under the radar since a disappointing combine performance, but the tape doesn't lie.
The Stanford product is a hard-nosed, patient runner with deceptive elusiveness. He is among the more experienced players in the draft, and he excels in pass protection.
In other words, he is the cure for Daniel Thomas.
Round 5, Pick 166 (Compensatory): David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
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The Dolphins addressed the offensive line to a certain degree when they took Dallas Thomas, but they still could use help at offensive tackle.
David Quessenberry is an experienced left tackle out of San Jose State who could develop into a starting tackle for the Dolphins. He has experience in zone blocking concepts and showcased respectable athleticism at the combine.
He was also a standout at the Senior Bowl.
Round 7, Pick 250 (Compensatory): Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida
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Deviating from the previous two drafts, the Dolphins wait to take a kicker until their final pick.
Caleb Sturgis gave Dustin Hopkins a run for his money last year, and he would be a close second at kicker this year. Once again, Dan Carpenter makes over $2 million. Drafting Sturgis this late means he won't even count against the cap.