The 2011 NFL Draft is almost here. Scouts and writers alike have been in non-stop speculation, and this Thursday, we will finally throw speculation to the side.
It has been a while since my last mock draft for the Dolphins, so this is my second and final mock draft for the Miami Dolphins before the big day on the 28th.
The first mock draft can be seen by clicking this link.
Rather than keep you waiting, here is my Miami Dolphins seven-round mock draft for the second and final time before the big day.
Miami is looking to trade back, and San Diego could be that team that is willing to move up several spots.
It just so happens that San Diego is looking for the same type of player, and they could be willing to move up in order to ensure that they can get the player that they want.
Miami is sitting in a position where they can likely move back and still get the player they want. Miami could even trade back later in the round to attain another second-round selection.
While Miami wouldn't get a second-round pick by trading back with the Chargers, they would be able to get an additional third-round pick.
After satisfying their need at quarterback by selecting Ryan Mallett, Miami will be looking to upgrade at any of the other positions of need. Those positions of need would be running back, tight end, wide receiver, and offensive line.
Since Miami had a larger need at the skill positions, these mid-round picks have a high chance of being either receiver, tight end, or running back.
With the 79th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select D.J. Williams, tight end from Arkansas.
Miami also has the luxury of picking several picks after this (in the trade scenario), so it is likely that not much will change on the teams' draft board.
They will also likely use the other third-round pick on another skill position.
With the 82nd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Jordan Todman, running back from Connecticut
Miami needs a lot of help on their offensive line, especially on the interior. Even so, Miami didn't get the production they wanted out of right tackle Vernon Carey.
Miami also re-signed Richie Incognito, who should have been playing center all of last season. Along with re-signing incognito, Nate Garner is supposedly 100 percent after being placed on injured reserve early last season.
John Jerry, who battled an illness early last season, should also be 100 percent after he struggled to regain his weight and strength after several weeks of being ill.
Miami will likely be fairly well off on the interior, especially if they bring in a free agent signing on the interior line.
With a healthy Vernon Carey, Miami has a great tandem of left and right tackle, although it is uncertain whether Carey can stay healthy for an entire season. Carey also looked overweight and sluggish much of last season.
With the 111th selection of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Jah Reid, tackle from Central Florida.
According to WalterFootball.com, Jah Reid has no relation to Jah Rule (really glad they cleared that up for us).
In rounds four and lower, it is important to get great value.
There is nothing saying that players picked this late can't have a great NFL career; it is all about picking the player with the most upside that fits into the specific scheme of the team.
Miami has had success getting some later-round receivers and even some undrafted receivers to have success.
Davone Bess, Miami's second leading receiver, was an undrafted free agent while Brian Hartline was a fourth-round selection.
With the 146th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Aldrick Robinson, wide receiver from Southern Methodist.
Robinson gives Miami the ability to stretch the field. He proved at SMU that he can be a reliable receiver that has playmaking ability. He would be a great fit for Miami.
If there is any part of history that repeats itself in Miami's drafts, it is picking players in pairs.
When there is a position of need, they will get at least two players at that position.
Two seasons ago, Miami selected Vontae Davis and Sean Smith in the same draft. That same year, Miami selected Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner with consecutive picks.
Miami's biggest hole is running back, where the two best players they have may not play for Miami again.
With the 179th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Da'Rel Scott, running back from Maryland.
Scott is a low-risk high-reward player. He has the size and speed to be an NFL running back.
This would make sense for Miami after selecting another running back earlier in the draft.
Seventh round selections are normally just players that would fill up the bottom of the roster.
Some of these players do wind up being great players, but many of them won't even make the final cut.
These picks are all about maximizing potential and finding a diamond in the rough.
With the 217th and 218th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Collin Franklin, tight end from from Iowa State and Kevin Rutland, cornerback from Missouri.
Franklin and Rutland both have good potential. They won't be expected to do great things, so it gives them a chance to go prove scouts wrong.
Franklin is a big bodied tight end who plays very smoothly with no wasted movement. Rutland is an athletic player that would have the speed to keep up with most receivers in the NFL.
Benny Sapp may not be back with Miami in 2011, and nobody knows if Will Allen will do much after two very limited seasons in a row.
With the 235th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Frank Kearse, nose tackle from Alabama A&M.
Miami already has a great defensive line, but Kearse is a guy that just cannot be passed up. He is a big, strong mass and could turn out to be a good run stuffer in the NFL.
Just to get a full look, here is a recap.
Round 1 (15): Ryan Mallet, QB - Arkansas
Round 3 (79): D.J. Williams, TE - Arkansas
Round 3 (82): Jordan Todman, RB - UCONN
Round 4 (111): Jah Reid, OT - Central Florida
Round 5 (146): Aldrick Robinson, WR - Southern Methodist
Round 6 (179): Da'Rel Scott, RB - Maryland
Round 7 (217): Collin Franklin, TE - Iowa State
Round 7 (218): Kevin Rutland, CB - Missouri
Round 7 (235): Frank Kearse, NT - Alabama A&M