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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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield against the South Carolina Gamecocks October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Mark Ingram


    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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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Niles Paul #24 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Washington Huskies on September 18, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Wide Receiver

    Niles Paul


    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


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

2nd or 3rd Round (Option)

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Rodney Hudson #62 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    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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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 28:  Marcus Cannon #61, Kyle Dooley #72 and Alonzo Adams #81 of the TCU Horned Frogs raise the Mountain West Regular Season Championship trophy at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronal
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    Offensive Tackle

    Marcus Cannon


3rd Round (Option)

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 17:  Rob Housler #81 of the FAU Owls runs for a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 17, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida.  The Gators won the game 59-20.  (Photo by Sam Greenwoo
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    Tight End

    Rob Housler


    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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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Wide receiver Mike McNeil #44 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers pulls in a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20.  (Photo by Tom Pennin
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    Tight End

    Mike McNeil


    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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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Clint Boling #60 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Clint Boling


    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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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 6: Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks to pass during a game against the Utah Utes during the first half of an NCAA football game November 6, 2010 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Fre
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    Andy Dalton


    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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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Derek Hall #53 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates with teammates after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mi
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    Derek Hall


5th and 6th Round (Option)

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 13:  T.J. Yates #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drops back to throw a pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Ge
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    T.J. Yates


    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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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Graig Cooper #2 of the Miami Hurricanes runs with the ball and eludes the tackloe of Lamarcus Joyner #20 of the Florida State Seminoles on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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    Running Back

    Graig Cooper


    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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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Brandon Saine #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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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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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14:  Offensive guard Chase Beeler #72 of the Stanford Cardinal blocks against  the USC Trojans on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  Stanford won 55-21.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Chase Beeler


    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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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Damien Berry #20 of the Miami Hurricanes runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Running Back/ Returner

    Damien Berry