Moon Runner / The 3 AM Crew
Well it is just about two weeks from opening night at the 2013 NFL Draft. I think there is a lot of uncertainty as to who the Phins will be looking at drafting. Looking at the mock drafts, there are probably a dozen different first round options, and they seem to change every week. As of late there seems to be a lot of speculation that Ireland will move up....but why would Ireland have stockpiled so many picks only to trade them away to move up? I just don't see Ireland moving up when there are no real franchise makers in this year's draft. I think if Ireland does anything, he may try to trade down but realistically, I think the Dolphins will stay put where they are at. Here's what I think Ireland might do....
1. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - There seems to be only two names for the top tight end in this year's draft. Eifert and Ertz. After these two guys there is a pretty big drop in talent. The Dolphins have not had the best tight ends, and this goes back to the start of the franchise in 1966. We have had a few decent TE's, but none that I would call Hall of Famers. I think one way to compete with New England and their two Pro Bowl TE's (Gronk and Hernandez) is to get the best TE on the board. I think Eifert is a guy we could pencil in for the next ten years, and he could be brought along slowly alongside Keller. This would give us a great 1-2 punch at TE.
2A. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - With Vontae Davis and Sean Smith gone, we have to find replacements who can step in and be able to compete for a starting job right away. Banks didn't have the best Combine and he was clocked around 4.55, so that probably dropped him out of the first round. Banks has nice size, 6'2" 185, and would be a good fit.
2B. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State - Why not double up on the CB spot and take another guy from Mississippi State. Banks and Slay have played together and they could be the next version of Madison and Surtain in our backfield.
3A. Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn - Cam Wake needs some help rushing the QB. Lemonier has nice size and decent speed and Wake can mentor the young man and teach him the tricks of the trade. Lemonier has to bulk up a little and work on his technique, but he is a solid pick.
3B. David Bakhtiari, OT/G, Colorado - Living here in Colorado and being a CU alum, I am hoping Ireland gives Bakhtiari some serious consideration. I think Bakhtiari would be a good fit at RT, or possibly being moved inside to the RG position. Bakhtiari is a hard worker and was one of the few bright spots for the CU Buffs one win team last year.
4. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin or Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson - We need some depth at Running Back with Reggie Bush leaving town. I like Miller, but I think Thomas is a bust and not worth keeping around. Ireland should take the best RB left on the board at this point.
5A. A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State - Hopefully he is better than the last linebacker named A.J. that we took from the state of Iowa. We need depth at LB. Klein is solid.
5B. Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State - This would give us more depth at the OT position.
7A. Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida or Dustin Hopkins, K, FSU - I think Dan Carpenter has done an ok job but we need a guy who is more consistent, and his replacement won't cost us $3 million a year.
7B. Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt - Aaron's brother...can compete with Devlin for the #3 QB.
7C. Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State.....good size 6'4" 225,,,a nice project pick for the practice squad.