MDD Staff Writer: Chad Pullen
Yesterday, we introduced our own draft plan for the Dolphins to follow each year. Today we will look at some potential players that the Dolphins could choose in April that would follow such a plan.
We will have two separate mocks, one in which the team could focus primarily on the offensive side of the ball while also filling a hole or two on defense, and one that will focus primarily on defense, while still plugging some holes on offense.
Mock 1, Offense heavy
Round 1 David DeCastro, OG, Stanford – 6-5 312
Round 2 Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford – 6-6 245
Round 3 Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami – 6-5 215
Round 4 George Iloka, FS, Boise St – 6-3 213
Round 5 Tank Carder, OLB, TCU – 6-2 237
Round 6 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech – 6-2 220
Round 7 James Carmon, OT Mississippi St – 6-7 330
This type of draft would greatly improve the Dolphin offense, giving them a core line of Jake Long, Mike Pouncey, and DeCastro with Marshall and Streeter big fast targets, Bess in the slot, and adding Fleener with up and coming 2011 6th rounder Charles Clay and a running back tandem of Reggie Bush and 2011 2nd round pick Daniel Thomas.
Miami would have a solid core to build around, and with a deep QB class coming in 2013, they would have a perfect fit and built in need for one of those quarterbacks to slide into. All these players would be under the age of 28 as well, so there would be time for them to grow as a unit. They would still be able to add a couple of needs on defense with Iloka and Carder, both of whom have played in several big time college football games. If 7th round pick from last season CB Jimmy Wilson could improve over the offseason, the Dolphin defense could have added enough youth to give Miami a top notch defense for several seasons.
Mock 2, Defense heavy
Round 1 Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama – 6-2 265
Round 2 Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma St – 6-1 200
Round 3 Trevor Guyton, DE, Cal – 6-3 280
Round 4 Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M – 6-3 220
Round 5 Chase Ford, TE, Miami – 6-6 260
Round 6 Charles Mitchell, SS, Mississippi St – 5-11 205
Round 7 Sammy Brown, OLB, Houston – 6-2 240
If the Dolphins should decide to improve their defense rather than their offense, this look would add plenty of pieces for them to improve an already talented group. Upshaw, Wake, Dansby and Burnett might be the best foursome at linebacker in the NFL, along with strong corners in Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and Jimmy Wilson, adding a couple young safeties could help the corners as well as fill in in case the Dolphins do not keep Yeremiah Bell. Up front the Dolphins add Guyton along with Jared Odrick and decisions to make on Paul Soliai, as well as Kendall Langford or Randy Starks.
Offensively, adding Fuller and Ford would still add terrific size in the passing game, as well as added red zone threats. Add a free agent or two to the team during the offseason, and the Dolphins could challenge for a playoff spot in 2012.