MDD Staff Writer: Neal Driscoll
The Dolphins finished strong in 2011, but will need a strong 2012 draft class and a great coaching hire to keep the turnaround from stopping.
Here is who the Dolphins might be targeting this April.
Round 1 (Pick #9)- David DeCastro-Offensive Guard-Stanford
Analysis: Dolphin fans will be at the teams’ headquarters with pitchforks if they draft another offensive lineman in the 1st round but at this point he is simply the best player available. DeCastro is the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and gives the Dolphins one of the best OLINE’s in the NFL with Jake Long, Mike Pouncey, and now DeCastro.
It also allows the Dolphins to move Richie Incognito to right guard where is better suited.
Round 2 (Pick #42)-Dwayne Allen-Tight End-Clemson
Analysis: Allen gives the Dolphins a vertical, seam threatening tight end that will open up the passing attack in 2012. Anthony Fasano is due $3.6 million in 2012 and could be a cap casualty in Miami and drafting Allen allows you to pair him with Charles Clay in two tight-end sets.
Round 3 (Pick #73)-Brian Quick-Wide Receiver-Appalachian State
Analysis: The Dolphins were not bad enough to land a franchise quarterback via the draft so the best way to help Matt Moore is to give him a ton of weapons. Quick isn’t a household name but the guy is a 6”5 monster who had a monster 2011 campaign catching 71 balls for 1096 yards and 11 touchdowns. You add a player like quick to Davone Bess, Clyde Gates, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Marshall and you really have something going.
Round 4 (Pick #103)-Antonio Allen-Safety-South Carolina
Analysis: Yeremiah Bell isn’t getting younger and is due close to $5 million in 2012 so the Dolphins need to start thinking about the future of the safety position. Antonio Allen reminds me of Bell as he is a sound tackler and very active around the line of scrimmage which his 89 tackles in 2011 would indicate.
Round 5 (Pick #137): Jeff Allen-Offensive Tackle-Illinois
Analysis: The Dolphins lack depth on the OLINE and have a major hole at right tackle. For my money I see Allen as one of the biggest sleepers in the draft and could see him battling John Jerry for the starting right tackle position as a rookie.
Round 6 (Pick #168): Cordarro Law-Outside Linebacker-Southern Mississippi
Analysis: It is no mystery that the Dolphins need another pass rusher and I expect them to take a look at some players in free agency but drafting Law here gives you a young, hungry pass rusher who had a very productive career at Southern Mississippi racking up 28 sacks in his collegiate career.
Round 7 ( #201)-Ryan Van Bergen-Defensive End-Michigan
Analysis: Kendall Langford is a free agent and while Jared Odrick and Randy Starks are their clear cut starters they need depth.