MDD Staff Writer: Chad Pullen
With the NFL world converging in Indy for the annual rookie combine, we take a look at five names you may need to know for when the Dolphins pick in the April 2012 Draft.
The coin flip to determine Miami’s pick officially being #8 or #9 will be February 24th and one of these players should be the pick unless Miami sees an opportunity to trade down and acquire more picks.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Versatile player, can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense, can move all around on the line based on formation. Already expected to be a solid first round pick, if he shows himself extremely well in Indy he could move up near the top of the draft very quickly.
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Traditional DE that would pair opposite Cam Wake quite nicely, Coples only knock so far has been his motor was not always revving at full speed his final season. His measurables are outstanding however, and with a good combine, he could solidify himself as a top 10 guy as fast edge rushers are always in high demand.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Ryan will attempt to use the combine to cement himself as the #3 QB off the board following Luck and RGIII. If he throws well at his Pro Day and shows no ill effects from a foot ailment that kept him out of the Senior bowl, he could be within range for the Redskins or Dolphins in the top 10. Of course, he’ll have to interview well at the Combine as well.
David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
DeCastro is the best OG prospect in the draft, however guard is not typically a top 10 value type pick, he may need to have a dominant combine to put himself in that range, and he’s certainly capable of doing just that. DeCastro would fit right in on the Miami young OLine with Jake Long and last year’s first round pick Mike Pouncey.
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Riley could slot in at Right Tackle from day 1 and give the Dolphins two of the best young tackles in football. Reiff could use a solid showing in Indy to distance himself from DeCastro and make sure he’s the second O lineman off the board in April.