NFL Draft 2011: Would the Miami Dolphins Consider Trading Top Pick?
Miami Dolphins Could Move Down To Improve Options
Take a moment to peruse the Web for various mock drafts, and you’re sure to detect a theme: The Miami Dolphins selecting Alabama running back Mark Ingram 15th overall.
It’s a safe pick and one that fills an immediate need for the Dolphins’ offense, which sorely needs some youth in its backfield. The pick is nothing more than simple logic.
Just ask Mel Kiper, because, well, he’s Mel Kiper:
“Miami just makes sense for Ingram,” Kiper said recently, according to the Miami Herald. “The kid runs with great determination, vision and balance. Good burst. Can he be very good? Yes. He doesn’t have so-called game-breaking speed, but they said the same thing about Emmitt Smith. He’s a producer.”
Still, don’t rule out a little wheeling and dealing from general manager Jeff Ireland, who sacrificed a second-round pick a year ago to acquire Brandon Marshall.
Ireland very well may decide to pursue trading down with a team that’s hot after a premiere defensive lineman. In that case, the Dolphins could still be at least a tad hopeful of landing Ingram while obtaining an extra pick in perhaps the second round.
If the Dolphins miss out on Ingram as the result of a trade, quarterback and offensive line are areas of need.
The confidence meter doesn’t seem to be swaying in Chad Henne’s direction, so taking a bit of a flier on Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, or Andy Dalton wouldn’t be the worst move. From there, the plan for the second round could be to select Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure as the draft’s second-best running back prospect, as well as a guard to sure up the interior of the offensive line, alongside tackle Jake Long.
For more on the 2011 NFL Draft, visit Bleacher Report’s Draft Hub.
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