Very, very, very early.
But, Draft Season has arrived. And with Draft Season comes mock drafts and with mock drafts comes excitement.
Below you will find opinions from several Draft gurus and experts on what player the Dolphins will select with the 12th overall pick in April’s Draft. Remember, of course, that these are very premature. The Combine is still more than a month away and free agency (which begins March 12th) will also factor into what actually happens in April.
Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee:
The Dolphins nailed their quarterback pick in taking Ryan Tannehill in 2012, but when they dealt Brandon Marshall to the Bears, they also left Tannehill without a wide receiver who opposing defenses truly fear as a matchup problem. Patterson had just one year against top competition after spending two years at the junior college level, but he has very good hands, can beat cornerbacks with his height and strength, and will go up and beat defenders for 50-50 balls. He also has big-time ability to run after the catch, and this slot matches up with his current value.
Gil Brandt, NFL.com: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU:
The upside on Ansah? That he turns into the next Jason Pierre-Paul.
Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Soft hands and reliable route-running has helped Brian Hartline and Davone Bess emerge as two of the more productive receivers in the AFC for the Dolphins and their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill but for the Dolphins to take the next step, they’ll need to find a pass-catcher that can strike fear into defenders.
Matt Miller, BleacherReport.com: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Barkevious Mingo is more athlete than football player at this point, but that athleticism has amazing upside. Mingo, if coached up, could become a Jason Pierre-Paul or Bruce Irvin-type player. He has natural gifts that few players possess, but he also has considerable boom-or-bust potential as a DE. Mingo would be a nice upgrade opposite Wake, even if he’s only a situational pass-rusher early on.
Todd McShay, ESPN: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Miami has an inconsistent pass rush and needs another rusher opposite Cameron Wake, who will turn 31 in January. Jordan is long and athletic, has explosive initial power and shows the versatility to play multiple roles along the front seven.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill performed well as a rookie starter without supreme talent on the perimeter. Allen is an ideal No. 1 receiver with a polished game that is suited for the pros.
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