Last week, I put together my first attempt at a mock draft. This week, I’ve compiled info from a bunch of different mocks to see who they all think the Dolphins will take at #15. As always, mock drafts do not take potential trades into account, so here is a breakdown of what a bunch of people think will happen at 15, if that’s where the Dolphins pick…
Todd McShay, ESPN: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
The Dolphins need to upgrade their interior offensive line but there isn’t a guard or center worth drafting this high. Pulling the trigger on a developmental project like Locker doesn’t make sense here, either. Ingram had a knee injury early in 2010 but recovered nicely and got stronger as the season progressed, and he is the kind of NFL-ready back who could give Miami a huge boost in the running game, even as part of a rotation. The Dolphins could then look for a quarterback and interior offensive lineman in the next two rounds.
Albert Breer, NFL Network: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Mark Ingram is the easy pick with this one, but the Dolphins will opt to go defense here and take a running back with their next pick.
Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents, and Williams has already said he wants to move on to a contender. Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, would give the Dolphins a reliable lead back to build around.
Wes Bunting, National Football Post: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Ingram has been tabbed to the Dolphins ever since he declared. He ran better at his pro day, possesses NFL-caliber talent and is an instant impact runner in my view.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
The Dolphins’ running game slumped last season, and the impending free agent status of both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams makes it necessary to add a workhorse to the backfield. Although Ingram may lack explosive home run speed, his rugged style is an ideal fit for a Dolphins’ offense looking to regain its identity.
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
There are plenty of arguments for the Dolphins not taking Ingram in the slot almost every mocker has had him locked into for almost two months. It’s a pass-first league. You can get quality running backs well below the first round. And it makes no sense to take Ingram at No. 15 when you can trade down and still get him. All valid points. But if you think a back is special enough, you don’t mess around. You grab him when you can. Time will tell if the Dolphins agree.
Evan Silva, ProFootballTalk.com: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
The Fins seem to swing and miss on second-round quarterbacks every offseason, so it’s time to get serious. Ponder would be an upgrade over Chad Henne in terms of accuracy, smarts, athleticism, consistency, and touch. He’d take over as the starter at some point in year one.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.com: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
This has been a consistent selection for over a month now by anyone talking mock drafts, which is probably the reason they take a back here. Ingram improved his 40 time at his pro day and is a solid runner.
Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland*
With the top QBs gone the Dolphins will look to trade down, but might select a receiver who can stretch the field with speed. Team needs: QB, RB, TE, OL
Ben Volin, Palm Beach Post: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin**
Will start immediately at guard and eventually transition to RT in a few years
Jesse Agler, TheFinsiders.com: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
I’m thinking this guy is the vertical speed threat that will open things up on offense for Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess and also the guy that can add a spark to the Fins’ return game.
*It looks like Omar is getting set to change his pick to Ingram, but I don’t think he has as of this moment.
**This is updated. Ben’s original mock draft had the Fins selecting Nate Solder, OT, Colorado.
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