Miami Dolphins 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Who the Dolphins Should Be Taking

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIJanuary 11, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators hugs teammate Mike Pouncey #55 after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I know the mock NFL draft's are flying all over, and in my honest opinion, a lot of them are just throwing out big names or are dreaming and not facing reality.

No need to worry, Dolphins fans, here is a realistic look at what the Dolphins should be looking at in April's NFL Draft.

There is no easy way to really know what this Miami Dolphins' administration is thinking these days, but if I was a part of it, this is what I would be thinking.

First Round

No. 15: C/G Mike Pouncey, Florida

A QB would be nice here, but the only QBs who might be available are Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett. Neither of those appeal to me. Mallett is Chad Henne, Jr., or even, dare I say, Ryan Leaf-like. Locker is slightly more appealing, but to go back for your senior year and actually take steps backwards is never a good sign.

I can see RB Mark Ingram being nice here too. However, I have never been big on drafting RBs in the first round. You can find perfectly good RBs later on.

Ideally, I would like to see a good TE taken here. However, the best one is Kyle Rudolph, and he probably is not quite worth this high.

Pouncey will probably make a better G at the NFL with his struggles snapping the ball at Florida this year (though I thought a lot of the bad snaps were the QB's fault). Either way, the Dolphins need interior line help in the worst way and the way his brother has shined in Pittsburgh this year, makes you believe he can do the same.

Third Round

No. 79: RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

The need for a RB for the Dolphins is obvious, and the third round is a perfect round to find one. Not 100 percent sure if Thomas falls here, but there is a chance he will. The guy is big and strong and sneaky quick.

He just passes the "eye test". He has put up great numbers and looks like a NFL RB. He has just been buried out in Kansas where many people could not see him.

Fourth Round

S Jeron Johnson, Boise State

The safety position was okay for the Dolphins this past season, but I am not sold on Chris Clemons and the Dolphins really have no depth behind Yeremiah Bell.

Johnson is a strong tackler and, better yet, actually can catch the ball and make INTs. Even if he does not play right away, he would help solidify the weak special teams coverage.

Fifth Round

TE Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic

A 6'5" TE who can run a 4.56 40-yard dash? Sounds good on paper to me. The Dolphins have lacked speed and athleticism at this position for far too long.

Obviously, taking guys from small schools is a risk but I say with that kind of speed it is worth the shot to make a run at Fasano.

Sixth Round

QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

I know, not the sexy QB pick Dolphins fans are looking for. I think the Dolphins are going to get a veteran QB in free agency and look into the big young-gun QB next year in the draft.

Kaepernick is 6'6" and runs a 4.53 40-yard dash. If Dolphins fans want Cam Newton, then why not take a cheaper one with more experience and just as much athleticism?

The numbers he has put up are ridiculous. The Dolphins usually just throw these picks away anyway, so why not give the kid a shot at QB and if it does not work out, he is athletic enough to move somewhere else and be effective.

Seventh Round

ILB Scott Lutrus, Connecticut

It is probably time to move on from Channing Crowder. He does not need fans, remember? Lutrus has good size, but also has really good speed (4.68) for his 6'3" frame. He adds more depth if AJ Edds proves to not stay healthy again.

OG Keith Williams, Nebraska

You can never have too many O-linemen. Williams is 6'5" 312lbs with 5.33 speed. An athletic guard would be really nice to have. I was so sick of watching slow Incognito trying to pull all year, and he just ended up clogging up running lanes. Williams would be a good value pick.


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