Is North Carolina's Quinton Coples a likely target at #8?
With the NFL Draft less than a month away, I figured we’d take a look at eight things that could happen when the Dolphins get ready to use the eighth pick on April 26th. I’ve attempted to categorize them three ways: “good chance,” “possible chance” and “slim chance,” though those categories are just my own opinions. With that, here you go, eight things that could happen at number eight (in no particular order):
- The Dolphins draft Ryan Tannehill: I say this is a good chance and every. single. mock draft  out there seems to have the Fins going this direction, but at the end of the day, we have no idea how Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin (and Mike Sherman) really feel about Tannehill. If they really like him, there’s a definite chance they draft him; if not, they won’t. Guess we won’t know for a couple of weeks.
- The Dolphins draft Quinton Coples: There’s been a lot of talk about finding a pass rusher to complement Cam Wake and Coples is the pass rusher that is at the top of most peoples’ lists. At 6’6 and 284 lbs, he fits the bill physically and could help get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
- The Dolphins draft Melvin Ingram: Continuing with the pass rusher theme, Ingram is another option to help make the likes of Brady and Fitzpatrick less comfortable in the pocket. One of the big differences between he and Coples (besides the Carolina), is the size. At just 6’1, 264 lbs (and with 31.5″ arms), Ingram doesn’t quite size-up as a prototypical pass-rusher in the Jeff Ireland mold.
- The Dolphins draft Riley Reiff: I know nobody wants to hear it, but you have to figure there’s a decent chance the Fins look for their right tackle of the future in the first round. Reiff is familiar to some on the Dolphins’ staff because of his time at Iowa and could certainly fill the hole opposite Jake Long. Miami has drafted five offensive linemen in four drafts under Jeff Ireland (less than you thought?) and the two first-rounders, Long and Mike Pouncey, are studs.
- The Dolphins trade back in the first round: If the Fins don’t like any of their options at number eight, they could try and collect another pick or two by trading back into the teens or twenties.
- The Dolphins trade up: It’s an exciting option to think about…the Fins moving up and making a big and bold move with a player not expected to be there at #8. That said, with both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III not particularly attainable, I would be very surprised if the team loved one of the “other” top seven guys enough to make the big trade.
- The Dolphins draft Michael Floyd: The Notre Dame wide receiver is receiving a lot of well-deserved attention as of late and will certainly be a first round pick. He doesn’t, though, seem to fit the “Green Bay” mold of wide receivers, though many fans would certainly feel better about the Brandon Marshall trade if he was selected.
- The Dolphins “Get Lucky:” The NFL Draft is as tough to predict as anything and there’s always a chance that a player we thought would be a sure-thing top-five guy falls to Miami at #8. Whether it’s LSU CB Mo Claiborne or Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon, there’s always that chance that an unexpectedly available player forces you to change your entire philosophy in the first round.