2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins 7-Round Mock

January 17th, 2013

Draft season has officially gotten underway, with the last underclassmen making their decisions about whether or not to enter the draft. Players will start preparing for the pre-draft routine; the Senior Bowl, Pro Days, and the Scouting Combine.

There are a number of holes that Miami needs to address this off season. Although it’s still early, this is a brief look into one particular direction that the Dolphins may go. With this mock draft, I had in mind that Jake Long would not be re-signed, and that the Dolphins will have signed one of Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, or Greg Jennings.

MDD Staff Writer: Garrett Baker

1st Round (12th overall)-Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

Jared Odrick isn’t the answer at defensive end, especially not in Miami’s 4-3 scheme. Olivier Vernon showed some potential, but as more of a situational guy, and also more as an outside linebacker than an end. Jordan is arguably the most versatile defensive prospect in this draft, standing at roughly 6’7″ but possessing the athleticism and quickness to line up anywhere on the field. Oregon sometimes played him in coverage against the slot receiver, and he also played some time at linebacker. His versatility would give Miami that edge which it so desperately needs.

2nd Round (42nd overall)-Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

Here’s where Miami gets some help for Ryan Tannehill. Ertz is a big body with soft hands and a lot of experience, which means he should be able to contribute right away. He isn’t on the level of Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, but there’s little chance that Eifert is still here at this slot. Ertz would bring a whole new dynamic to Miami’s offense.

2nd Round (56th overall)-D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Fluker has been phenomenal for Alabama, who had arguably the best offensive line in the country this year. He would come in and compete with Jonathan Martin, as both tackles would be able to play either the right or left side, which would be a great problem for Miami to have.

3rd Round (77th overall)-Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Even if Miami signs a big free agent receiver, they could still use some depth at the position. Bailey is an under appreciated talent from West Virginia who doesn’t stand out in any way except for his production. He isn’t overly big or fast, but uses great body control, deception, and reliable hands to get open and pull in passes.

3rd Round (82nd overall)-Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Even with Richard Marshall healthy, Miami’s cornerback corps needs help. Trufant isn’t a dynamic, shut down talent, but he has the upside to ┬ábe a very good No. 2 corner who could push Sean Smith for the top spot.

4th Round-Jake Knott, OLB, Iowa State

Knott in’t that well known right now, but I think his draft stock could rise in coming months. He’s an athletic, hard working, tough kid who will work immediately to crack the rotation. Best-case scenario is that he pushes Koa Misi for his starting spot; at worst, he becomes a better backup than Jason Trusnik.

5th Round-Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas

Bailey isn’t in the top echelon of guards, which includes Chance Warmack, Larry Warford, Johnathan Cooper, and Barrett Jones, but he would be a great insurance policy if Richie Incognito or John Jerry went down with an injury.

7th Round-Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

It seems as if late-round running backs are making more of an impact in the NFL than ever before. While the 7th round may be a little late, Franklin had a very productive senior season and there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t follow in the footsteps of Daryl Richardson or Alfred Morris.

7th Round-Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech

Davis is an uber-talented receiver who just hasn’t been able to pull everything together yet in college. Some team may become enamored with his physical ability and take him earlier than this, but there’s a decent chance he’s still around in the last round, where Miami would be smart to give him a shot.


7 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins 7-Round Mock”

  1. MIKE I. says:

    I’m not going to sit here and criticize this very balanced and well-thought out mock draft. I’m impressed at the common sense used here. Every choice fits the round and where they should be selected (in my opinion of what I’ve seen and heard from scouts).

    Here’s my ONE counterpoint. Besides Ertz playing alongside Fasano and gaining his tutelage. There is no other offensive selection that is a vast improvement over what the Dolphins already have on the roster. And we all understand that this is a tremendously important draft.

    What you chose has TREMENDOUS value! I was very pleased to see Stedman Bailey’s name up there as he HAS been overshadowed by the more dynamic Tavon Austin all year. But all Bailey does is catch passes, convert 3rd downs and looked GREAT in the Bowl game vs. Syracuse.

    But is he an UPGRADE? No. He is just another servicable piece that will need a year to acclimate. He’s not better than Davone Bess OR Hartline, OR one of the BIG 3 WR we SHOULD be taking if Ireland doesn’t want to feel Gluteus Inflamatus (which he already does).

    Now this is where I go against ALL I believe in. I believe in drafting for value over need. But if we do that, we get the pieces above which. Which once again are astute picks, but ACTUALLY improve our DEFENSE more than the OFFENSE.

    Here’s my partial Counter Mock Draft with our FAB FIVE picks in the first 82 picks…respectfully. (First option/Second/Third) If any of the 2nd or 3rd options are still available on lower rounds, I would pick them next.

    1) Trade down/Cordarelle Patterson/Keenan Allen
    2a) Ertz/Xavier Rhodes/Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
    2b) Fluker/Da’Rick Rogers/Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
    3a) Jordan Reed (if Ertz not taken)/Chase Thomas OLB/Desmond Trufant
    3b) Sheldon Price, CB/Christine Michael, RB/Denard Robinson, WR/RB

    Everything is covered. Everything has punch! Everything will be better once we focus on Offense like the Redskins did in ’11 and ’12. They went from last in the NFC EAST 3 years in a ROW to first place this year.

    I welcome any feedback from a fellow fan of the Draftial Arts. The Twitter account is @mikeinfante75

    • GarrettBaker says:

      I like your picks, although I don’t think they will be able to trade down because there probably won’t be much demand for that 12th pick. And then I just don’t feel that Patterson or Allen are better than other WR options who will be available a round later. I also don’t think that Rhodes or Johnson will be available in the 2nd round. I’d really like the Margus Hunt pick, and also getting Chase Thomas with 3a would be solid as well. If they do that though they would need to hope a good corner falls to them with that 3b pick.

  2. Rodrigo Sanzovo says:

    Nice mock, man. I love all the Pac-12 picks, especially Ertz and Trufant. Only thing I wonder is if Fluker would be a fit in the zone blocking scheme in the big leagues given his weight.

  3. Steven says:

    I think we need to get either Bowe, Wallace or Jennings in free agency & draft a top receiver in the first round. Resign Hartline & we’ll have the best receiving corps in the league.. Draft a TE with the first of our second round picks..Tannehill will have a field day every Sunday… Resign Bush & we’ll still have a great running game.. Draft a DB with the other second round pick.. Take an OT with our first third round pick and a DE with the other third round pick..Than draft for depth the rest of draft.. You have to get your starters in the first three rounds to have a good draft.. This has to be Irelands last chance.. Either get this team in the playoffs or your done..No more excuses..

  4. Mike1361 says:

    I am not 100% sold on Tannehill
    So I would grab EJ Manuel QB from FSU with
    Pick 3B

    Also . Instead of drafting a good WR with
    First round pick I prefer taking the
    GREAT OG that made Ala unbeatable
    Warmack with #1

    1. Warmack
    2a best available WR (Patterson, Allen , Austin, etc)
    And a good FA WR. … Probably Bowe
    2b . Eifert or Ertz TE
    3a. Fluker. RT. move Martin to LT
    3b. EJ Manuel. QB. Quick feet ,, good for west coast offense
    4. Ball RB. Don’t sign Bush
    5. Ray Ray Armstrong safety
    7 7. Lattimore RB
    FA. Get a CB and a pass rushing DE

    • GarrettBaker says:

      I very much disagree with drafting Manuel. Tannehill showed a lot of promise this season, I say they need to use all their resources to surround him with as much talent as possible and give it at least three years before they think about a replacement, which I don’t think will be a necessity. I like Tannehill a lot.

      • Trevor says:

        Agreed. There is no way the Fins use one of the first 5 picks on a QB. Not only do they like Tannehill, but drafting a QB in the first three rounds makes that statement that you don’t trust Tannehill, and that’s far from what they want to say with their picks. I do think the Fins would be wise to use a 3rd or 4th rounder to secure a Stevan Ridley-type running back who can move the pile and get into the endzone 10+ times/year (Ball?). Bush still has value, but his name makes him more expensive than other RBs who can offer similar production, and Dan Thomas has looked incredibly pedestrian in his 2 years with the Fins.

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