It is still very, very early.
But not quite as early as when we did our first Mock Draft Roundup last month.
The playoffs are over and the full Draft order is set and many of the gurus have released updated mock drafts, so we figured we’d jump in the mix and pass along some info.
The disclaimer, as always this time of year, is that these projections will be altered (drastically, in some cases), by what the team does in free agency, which begins at 4pm on Tuesday, March 12th.
Still, though, here are some thoughts from around the Internet concerning what Miami may do at #12:
Todd McShay, ESPN: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Dolphins fans would likely prefer to see the team find a solution at left tackle (assuming Jake Long moves on) or a wide receiver who can threaten defenses. However, Vaccaro is one of the 10 best overall prospects in the class. He has the athleticism to hold up well against slot receivers and give Miami the kind of versatile playmaker it needs in the secondary.
Scott Wright, Draft Countdown.com: Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
Few teams have a more clearly defined need than the Dolphins do at wide receiver. However, this may be a bit early for Cal’s Keenan Allen and Miami might be wise to take advantage of what figures to be impressive depth at the position in round two or three. If the Dolphins do opt to wait on a pass catcher they could turn their attention toward the defense with this pick, where there figures to be a number of intriguing possibilities. Barkevious Mingo of L.S.U. is a rare athlete with a long, rangy frame as well as outstanding speed, quickness and a burst. Mingo, who could project to either defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level, is still raw but he appears to possess all of the tools to be a dynamic threat off the edge. The Phins could afford to bring Mingo along slowly as a situational pass rusher behind Jared Odrick or perhaps groom him as a replacement for Koa Misi or Kevin Burnett. Miami might also be in the market for a cornerback to team up with Sean Smith after trading away Vontae Davis so Dee Milliner of Alabama could be in the mix if available. If Jake Long is allowed to leave as a free agent they could replace him with Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher.
Tony Pauline, USA Today: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs a consistent playmaking threat at receiver. Allen fills the void, and his ability to stretch the field complements the sure-handed possession receivers on Miami’s roster.
Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
This is where I projected Patterson the first time around, and I still like it. The question is whether Patterson will still be around this far down the board. The Dolphins need pass-catching help for Ryan Tannehill, mainly of the impact variety. They need a legit matchup problem. Patterson had just one year in the SEC after spending two years at the junior-college level, but he’s got the skill set you want for a pick this high. Very good hands, he can beat cornerbacks with his height and strength, and he’ll beat defenders for 50-50 balls. He can hurt you after the catch, and the value makes sense.
Matt Miller, BleacherReport.com: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
Miami fans will undoubtedly want a wide receiver here, but reaching for a Keenan Allen or Tavon Austin isn’t the right move. Instead, building up the talent level across the board and finding a receiver of value in Rounds 2 or 3 is the smart pick.
Part of rebuilding this roster means adding talent to the defensive line as the team continues its transition to a 4-3 defense. Cameron Wake is dominant at one defensive end spot, but the rest of the line could use some work.
Sharrif Floyd is, in my opinion, the best pure three-technique defensive tackle in this draft. He’s able to quickly shoot the gaps between offensive linemen to put pressure on the quarterback. Lined up next to Wake, Floyd can be a menace for guards to deal with in one-on-one situations.
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.
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