Last year, 90 percent of the fan base probably predicted Ryan Tannehill as Miami's pick. The year before, Mike Pouncey was a pretty obvious choice as well. This year, it could go in a number of ways, including trade up possibilities and trade down possibilities. The Brandon Albert trade talks also impacts where Miami will go come draft day.
One thing we do know is that Jeff Ireland has always gone needs based and, with the draft one week away, the biggest need is corner. That said, the Dolphins can probably find a starting CB in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
So here's what my gut tells me.
1. Jonathan Cooper OG --- He may not make it to pick #12, but if he does Cooper fits perfectly what Philibin is looking for on the offensive line. Not a sexy pick, but Cooper has elite movement skills, effortlessly getting to the 2nd level. He's also an excellent pass defender. I think Cooper is the guy.
2. Jamar Taylor CB -- Taylor fits the zone coverage scheme Miami runs and gets physical in run support. The Dolphins may have to move up to get him as he could be a top 30 guy.
2. Aaron Dobson WR -- Ireland counts wide receiver as a strength, but Miami still needs a physical guy opposite Wallace. Dobson seems like a perfect fit for Philibin, a great route runner, with strong, physical hands who reported didn't drop a single pass this past year. Quinton Patton, if he makes it this far, or Ryan Swope are other possibilities. This pick could also be traded for Brandon Albert.
3. Cory Lemonier DE/OLB -- Lemonier doesn't have a true position, but he can be a situational pass rusher early on in his career. Dolphins have met with him.
3. Johnathan Franklin RB -- Compared to Warrick Dunn, Franklin would spell Miller and give Miami some much needed depth at running back. The Dolphins have shown interest in Giovani Bernard, but I don't think he makes it to pick 3B.
4. Brennan Williams OT -- Dolphins add a right tackle, who they have shown interest in.
4. Montori Huhes DT --- Miami trades up (giving up 5th and 7th rounders) to get a small school defensive tackle. I actually think DT could be addressed as high as the first round with Randy Starks and Paul Solai signed through this season only.
5. Brandon McGee CB -- (comp pick) Dolphins stick with U of Miami connections and take a corner with a lot of upside.
7. Jordan Rodgers QB -- Aaron Rodger's brother has some nice traits to work well in a West Coast offense.
7. Marquess Wilson WR -- Dolphins take a chance on a talented receiver, who quit the Washington State program.