The start of the NFL Draft is now just 10 days away and so today we bring you the second installment of the always-popular “Mock Draft Roundup,” which collects the opinions of analysts from around the country and puts them all in one place. The Dolphins hold the #8 pick and so here are the picks at that spot from both local and national sources:
Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
We know Miami lacks a long-range plan at quarterback, and while Tannehill isn’t a guy I’d endorse as an immediate starter, his ceiling is so high you can take him here with a plan in place because of his rate of growth. His already sound mechanics and skill set imply a bright future. The talent isn’t in question.
Peter King, Sports Illustrated: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
If you’re going to trust the coach you hired (Joe Philbin) to energize the offense and the coordinator you hired (Mike Sherman, who coached Tannehill in college) to tutor the quarterback, you’ve got to pick the triggerman they want. But you can’t panic by moving up to take Tannehill, because that would most likely cost at least a second-rounder. Not worth it.
Ben Volin, Palm Beach Post: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Dolphins go for the impact pass rusher instead of taking a developmental project in Ryan Tannehill.
Charles Davis, NFL Network: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
SURPRISE! (The first of a few …) The ‘Fins pass on Tannehill to select Brandon Marshall’s replacement. Yes, I know Miami may RUN to the podium to select Tannehill (if they don’t trade up), but you never really know …
Don Banks, SI.com: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
If the Dolphins do land Tannehill, one of the takeaways will be that Miami obviously had more faith in new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman’s evaluation of Tannehill’s potential than new head coach Joe Philbin’s evaluation of Matt Flynn’s potential.
Charley Casserly, NFL.com: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Tannehill’s still a little raw, so he’ll benefit from not having to play right away.
Matty I, ThePhinsider.com: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
I know, I know. I’m crazy, right? How can the Dolphins not take Ryan Tannehill if he’s still on the board? Let me make this clear – I would take Tannehill. However, for the first time all offseason, I’m beginning to think a first round QB is not Miami’s destiny this year (yet again). And among their long list of needs, a pass rusher is towards the top if the list. We all know about the “motor” issues that Coples had. But he is an elite talent and I believe DL coach Kacy Rodgers would be able to get the most out of him and develop him into a Mario Williams type of player. He’s that good – when he wants to be. Well with the new CBA, players make their big money on their second contract. So Coples will have millions and millions of reasons to be that good – at least for the first 4 or 5 years.
Evan Silva, ProFootballTalk.com: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Fins will wait for their next second-round quarterback flop.
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