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2013 Mock Draft Roundup 2.0
By on February 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm
Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is one of the new names to look out for.

Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is one of the new names to look out for.

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 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, 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, 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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11 Responses to “2013 Mock Draft Roundup 2.0”

  1. phin_gator says:

    My 2013 NFL Mock Draft.

    RD1- Trade back to the early to mid 20’s and draft Ertz”TE.” We receive another 2nd rd pick.
    RD2- Hopkins”WR”
    RD2- Trufant”CB”
    RD2- Patton”WR”
    RD3- Rambo”S”
    RD3- “DE”
    RD4- Franklin”RB”
    RD5- “OL”
    RD7- Rogers”QB”

    FA- We resign Starks, Clemons, and Smith. We let Long, Bush, Hartline, and Fasano walk.
    We sign Wallace and a OT in FA.

  2. phin_gator says:

    If we didn’t decide to trade back, and we picked up a TE in FA. Then I would draft this way.

    RD1- Jordan”DE”
    RD2- Hopkins”WR” or Williams”WR” Would rather have Hopkins if he’s there.
    RD2- Trufant”CB” or Poyer”CB”
    RD3- Patton”WR”
    RD3- Rambo”S”
    RD4- Franklin”RB”
    RD5- “OL”
    RD7- Rogers”QB”

  3. hollywood i should be a coach says:

    man you sleep we got 40 something million to play with we need to make a big splash in free agency go after play makers you got Jennings, Wallace, Bowe, possibly Harvin we dont want welker we had him already plus he’s getting old we need young talent to build around tannehill with a few vets to play their role oh and can you say “BOLDIN” baltimore might not want to pay him i know hes not ready to retire thats a front plus he’s from palm beach so he’ll be close to home. miami needs to get all their free agents in tack and then hit the draft and dive in and pull out some raw players. i’d like to see us go after ed reed dwight freeney fits perfect in our 4-3 d and you got hard hitting james harrison out there we NEED pass rush d-ends and olb who want to get to the qaurterback then like darren sharper say need some guys who can ball hawk get the offense good field position cause defense wins championships hello did anybody see baltiomre they got after the qaurterback contained the run and created turnovers. miami we can’t play that conservative b.s. no more make moves

  4. hollywood i should be a coach says:

    i dont know too much about this kenan allen kid he is injured prone already he played against good talent but i just think he’s raw and not the answer the fins i agree with phin_gator about the wide outs i personally think terrence williams from baylor is the perfect fit he’s 6’2 got great hands speed can strecth the field great on the deep ball and seperation from defenders and every year in college he progressed yards catches td’s from his junior to senor year these were his stats 2011 with rg3 he had 59 catches 957 yards 11 td’s 2012 he had 97 receptions over 1800 yard’s and 12 td’s oh big by the way he played in the big 12 so it shouldnt be hard to catch on and get familiar with mike sherman’s offense…Patton austin and hopkins or good options to at wr franklin banner ball ellington lacy lattimore joesph randle kerwynn williams gillisilie or ray graham anyone of them at running back would be a good feat for lamar miller

  5. hollywood i should be a coach says:

    tight end dont waste your time drafting another one if your not going to hit big i like the big norte dame guy he’s 6’5 and line up as a reciever got hands runs good routes and blocks good you also got dustin keller or jared cook but we dont want to waste money on someone who ain’t going to give you production i like this draft for defense and wr this year very talented group you will get guys undrafted who could come in and make a impact

  6. hollywood i should be a coach says:

    i hope jeff ireland or someone sees this….base our picks on the best talent available on the positions we need …..i want to see some home runs!!! go for guys like vaccaro robert lester dee millner matt elam rambo jonathan banks eric reid Tyrann Mathieu Terry Hawthorne Jordan Poyer trufant in the secondary on the d-line Star Lotulelei Sharrif Floyd John Jenkins Bjoern Werner Dion Jordon Ezekiel Ansah Damontre Moore Sam Montgomery Barkevious Mingo Alex Okafor we need olbs somebody who can help cameron wake on the other side i’d like to see a d-line like the giants you got 4 d-ends or pass rushers on the field at once who are also versatile and can stop the run Alec Ogletree Jarvis Jones Sean Porter Jelani Jenkins

  7. hollywood i should be a coach says:

    coach philbin let me take you back to green bay how many wr’s and te’s did you have more than i can count and thats how i would like to see this 2013 team look becuase they got enough wide outs in free agency and in this draft to have 2 good te’s and 5 wide receivers you got devone bess and hartline witch or two of the best position receivers and move the chains well now we need some speedsters deep threats and muscle the ball guys like boldin

  8. hollywood i should be a coach says:

    here’s a list of some free agents we need to go after and some we can probably get cheap………..wr’s Kevin Ogletree Donnie Avery Ramses Barden Brandon Banks……..te’s we could still one of these guys possibly Ed Dickson or Dennis Pitta get these guys for a little of nothing Visanthe Shiancoe Bear Pascoe Travis Beckum Martellus Bennett Delanie Walker Michael Johnson Juqua Parker Cliff Avril Dwight Freeney Osi Umenyiora Ray Edwards defense tackles Corey Williams Glenn Dorsey Chris Canty Alan Branch Jason Jones SenDerrick Marks Kedric Golston linebackers Dannell Ellerbe Paul Kruger Geno Hayes Nick Roach Manny Lawson Erik Walden Brad Jones Connor Barwin Bradie James Chase Blackburn Keith Rivers Michael Boley Shaun Phillips Lorenzo Alexander Rob Jackson secondary Brent Grimes Cary Williams Leodis McKelvin Sam Shields Cassius Vaughn Darius Butler Jerraud Powers Aqib Talib Antoine Cason William Moore Ed Reed Jairus Byrd Dashon Goldson these guys will fit the dolphinhs system on both sides of the ball anyone of them will be good role players back up players and alot of them could start

  9. Zumajay11 says:

    To “Hollywood I should be a coach”….. You may want to toss in a period or comma here and there if nothing else my friend. I like a lot of what you have to say, and you obviously follow the team closely, but a little punctuation would go a long way in helping you get your point across. Go Phins!!!!!

  10. phin_gator says:

    I have to change a few things. Since I wrote that Smith has come out asking for like $10 million or something like that. We he has to go. He’s not that great. As for FA. I love Jennings, but he is getting up there in age and he also has groin issues. Look at Miles Austin and his groin issues. He misses games all the time. The good thing about Dallas is they have plenty of playmakers on offense to make up for one of their receivers being out. Back to FA, I would resign Starks and Clemons. I would let the rest walk. The money we would be saving would help us get good quality players. I would def go after Wallace and Harvin. they both are young and can change games at anytime. I know Harvin is a injury risk but when he’s healthy he is one of the best players in the NFL. He and Wallace are both worth getting. We also could grab an OL in FA as well. As for the draft I would trade back with the Bengals. I would trade our #12 pick for their 1st and 2nd.
    RD1-Hopkins “WR”
    RD2-Ertz “TE
    RD2-Reid “S”
    RD2-Rhodes “CB”
    RD3-Mathieu “CB”
    RD4-Franklin “RB”
    RD5-Jelani Jenkins “LB”
    RD7-Rogers “QB”

    *We lose a 3rd and a 7th round pick due to trading for Harvin.

  11. deboles says:

    Marlon Brown of UGA and Tavarris King will likely be available late. NO NEED to waste early pics on big receiver that cant stretch the field. Miami is in desperate need of speed, and King and Brown are two of the best of that combination. Not highly touted due to UGA’s running game. MUCH LIKE MEGATRON.

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