With the Indepence Bowl lacking really any NFL talent on the field, we’ll pass on that game as we look to the December 28th games for players the Miami Dolphins could target for the 2013 NFL Draft.
While we’ll have all the players to watch in that game in this preview, we’ll keep our focus on the linebackers and receivers, as there are quite a few talented players at those positions playing today.
MDD Lead Editor: Eric Galko
Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers (#20)
I don’t want Koi Misi as the long term option at the weakside linebacker spot, and if the active, fluid, former safety turned impact in the box linebacker Greene is his replacement, than this run game won’t miss a beat and the short area, weakside coverage will be incredably enhanced. The active playmaker will have a tough match-up against the versatile Virginia Tech offense, and he should look to bounce back from a dissapointing game against Louisville.
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (#4) (RS SO)
While it’s no lock that Coleman will declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, it’s still a reasonable option, and he’d be a mid to high round receiver prospect with number one receiver upside with development. A long strider who is only a hitch and/or go route receiver at this point, he flashes similar upside of Josh Gordon (supplemental 2nd round draft pick for the Browns) and would be worth considering for the Dolphins if he declares.
Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech (#7)
The big bodied receiver has faced similar struggles as Thomas thanks to the overall offensive issues, but he’s still flashed the ability in the past and at times this season of an outside NFL receiver with the high pointing ability, the long stride of a downfield receiver, and the ability to adjust to the ball in the short area. He’s scouting report will unfortunately shuffle with Logan Thomas’s, but he’ll likely impress in post-season workouts.
Bruce Taylor, ILB, Minnesota (#51)
One of the most impressive linebackers I’ve seen on film this year, Taylor has shown everything you’d like to see in a weakside linebacker, despite him being the focal point of the defense in the middle. He’s very fluid laterally, sorts through traffic well with balance, and his vision and explosiveness to get to the edge/backfield to make a play. If he can continue to flash the ability to play in coverage and stay consistent for the rest of the year, he’ll be one of the first linebackers taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Marqueis Gray, WR, Minnesota (#5)
The former quarterback turned mid-season receiver, Gray has shown enough upside as a receiver to warrant late round considering, including his ability to be a situational passer at the NFL level. He doesn’t have developed routes yet, doesn’t bend and drive in short area routes, and is far away as a blocker, he has the catch radius, ball skills, and natural talent to be a potential high upside pick late for the Dolphins.
Others to Watch:
Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers (RS SO)
DC Jefferson, TE, Rutgers
Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers
RJ Dill, OT, Rutgers
Scott Vallone, DT, Rutgers
Steve Beauharnais, OLB, Rutgers
Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers (JR)
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech (JR)
James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (JR)
JR Collins, DE, Virginia Tech (JR)
Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech
Darrin Moore, WR, Texas Tech
LaAdrian Waddle, OT, Texas Tech
Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (JR)
Troy Stoudermire, CB, Minnesota