2011 NFL Draft: The Miami Dolphins on the Clock with the 15th Pick
2010 Record: 7-9 (.438)
Team Needs: RB, TE, QB, OL, CB, S
With a variety of needs across the board, the Dolphins still had a somewhat refreshing 2010 season. In the back of their minds though, was the looming offseason and the holes they would have to replace. The Fish were almost last in the league in points (30th), YPG (21st), and Rush YPG (21st).
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents, and shouldn't return to Miami. Dolphins fans probably won't miss either, but that still leaves them with just Pat Cobbs as a tailback, clearly not the answer either.
Behind center, Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen are also probably not the answer, although they both can stop the bleeding. There is clearly a long-term need here as well.
Tight end, guard and secondary positions can be filled later on in the draft, or through free agency when the lockout ends, but Miami still had a top-10 defensive team on the field last season, ranking 6th, 7th and 8th in yards, rushing allowed and passing allowed, respectively. That being noted, Miami has eight picks and they should almost all go to the offensive side of the ball in some aspect.
Where do the Fish go with the first pick?
I think it is time for the Mark Ingram show in Miami, and he would be a great choice in the middle of the first round. Ingram was a little slow in his combine showing, but then again so was Emmitt Smith. The decrease in his draft rating should help him fall to the Dolphins at 15. Ingram has good hands out of the backfield to help Henne, or hopefully any other option the Dolphins are able to come up with before the season begins.
Unfortunately, the Fish don't have a second-round pick and I can't see them trading away the Ingram pick to move down—possibly into the second round. They may have to fill all their other needs later on and hope to hit free agency hard in order to get ready for the season. Don't forget that Ricky Stanzi and Scott Tolzien, two very capable QBs, will be wallowing around in the later rounds, prime pickings for the Dolphins as well.
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