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Miami Dolphins' 2011 NFL Draft Prospects: Who Are the Best Fits?

Dee CollierContributor IJanuary 6, 2011

Miami Dolphins' 2011 NFL Draft Prospects: Who Are the Best Fits?

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    The sub-par performance by the Miami Dolphins this season, it leaves a lot of questions in hand. Once considered the most exciting offense in the NFL, Miami now finds themselves at the bottom of the bottom in offensive production. With all the uncertainties and questions revolving the offense, there is no question, things need to change. It's pretty obvious the main focus of the draft will be on improving Miami's struggling offense. 

1st Round (Option)

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    RB

    Mark Ingram

    Alabama

    With the likely departure of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, running back is an area that must be addressed early in the draft. If Miami does not trade down and keeps their #15 selection, look for the Dolphins to take the best available runner and Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram. ---who's father, Mark Ingram, Sr. was once a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins.

2nd Round (Option Via Trade)

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    Wide Receiver

    Niles Paul

    Nebraska

    All last season Miami was missing the blazing deep threat guy with hands. The guy that would open up things for Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess. The guy defenses were scared of and knew could go deep at any moment.

    (Not Ted Ginn, we're talking about someone who can catch the ball)

    This is where Niles Paul would be an excellent fit for the Dolphins. You can bet Miami won't let any speedy talent get past them early in the draft.

2nd Round (Option Via Trade)

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    Wide Receiver

    Jerrell Jernigan

    Troy

    Another speedy deep threat prospect Miami will take a look at.

2nd or 3rd Round (Option)

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    Guard

    Rodney Hudson

    Florida State

    Although Hudson is a smaller frame, his technique and toughness is what has made this Nole one of the best offensive lineman in the country. Would be a great fit for Miami.

2nd or 3rd Round (Option)

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    Offensive Tackle

    Marcus Cannon

    TCU

3rd Round (Option)

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    Tight End

    Rob Housler

    FAU

    Miami is in need of an athletic, play making tight end to compliment hard nosed guy Anthony Fasano. Look for Miami to give Rob Housler serious consideration in the 3rd round. I mean, he is right out of their backyard.

3rd Round (Option)

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    Tight End

    Mike McNeil

    Nebraska

    This Dallas Clark-like mold of a player could be just the spark Miami's offense has been missing.

4th and 5th Round (Option)

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    Guard/Tackle

    Clint Boling

    Georgia

    There is no question Miami will aim to strengthen quarterback protection. Look for Miami to take a shot on someone like Boling in the 4th round.

4th and 5th Round (Option)

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    Quarterback

    Andy Dalton

    TCU

    High velocity thrower... Above average accuracy and arm strength, throws are often between the numbers. Throws well while scrambling. Has been productive as a four year starter. Good footwork. On the field leader, a good field general. Teammates feed off his energy. A winner. Could develop into a solid NFL starter. Dalton will be on the Dolphins radar in the 4th and 5th rounds.

4th and 5th Round (Option)

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    OT

    Derek Hall

    Stanford

5th and 6th Round (Option)

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    Quarterback

    T.J. Yates

    UNC

    Yates could be the biggest sleeper QB in the entire draft. Yates is a true student of the game. And although he struggled throughout his time at North Carolina, but his the tools to be a solid contributor to an NFL team given the right opportunity.

6th Round (Option)

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    Running Back

    Graig Cooper

    Miami

    Look for Miami to draft a offensive/special teams utility guy, so to speak, in the late rounds.

6th Round (Option)

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    Running Back/ Returner

    Brandon Saine

    Ohio State

    Miami has a thing for Buckeyes and I could see Saine falling to Miami in late rounds to battle for a roster spot in training camp.

7th Round (Option)

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    Center

    Chase Beeler

    Stanford

    Hey, maybe this guy has the magic touch? that or he was "Lucky" in his time at Stanford. Beeler would be a nice pick up for Miami considering their Center crises throughout last season.

7th Round (Option)

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    Running Back/ Returner

    Damien Berry

    Miami

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