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2013 Mock Draft Roundup 1.0
By on January 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Cal receiver Keenan Allen is an early name to watch at #12.

Cal receiver Keenan Allen is an early name to watch at #12.

It’s early.

Very, very, very early.

But, Draft Season has arrived. And with Draft Season comes mock drafts and with mock drafts comes excitement.

Below you will find opinions from several Draft gurus and experts on what player the Dolphins will select with the 12th overall pick in April’s Draft. Remember, of course, that these are very premature. The Combine is still more than a month away and free agency (which begins March 12th) will also factor into what actually happens in April.

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee:

The Dolphins nailed their quarterback pick in taking Ryan Tannehill in 2012, but when they dealt Brandon Marshall to the Bears, they also left Tannehill without a wide receiver who opposing defenses truly fear as a matchup problem. Patterson had just one year against top competition after spending two years at the junior college level, but he has very good hands, can beat cornerbacks with his height and strength, and will go up and beat defenders for 50-50 balls. He also has big-time ability to run after the catch, and this slot matches up with his current value.

Gil Brandt, NFL.com: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU:

The upside on Ansah? That he turns into the next Jason Pierre-Paul.

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: 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.

Matt Miller, BleacherReport.com: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Barkevious Mingo is more athlete than football player at this point, but that athleticism has amazing upside. Mingo, if coached up, could become a Jason Pierre-Paul or Bruce Irvin-type player. He has natural gifts that few players possess, but he also has considerable boom-or-bust potential as a DE. Mingo would be a nice upgrade opposite Wake, even if he’s only a situational pass-rusher early on.

Todd McShay, ESPN: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

Miami has an inconsistent pass rush and needs another rusher opposite Cameron Wake, who will turn 31 in January. Jordan is long and athletic, has explosive initial power and shows the versatility to play multiple roles along the front seven.

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill performed well as a rookie starter without supreme talent on the perimeter. Allen is an ideal No. 1 receiver with a polished game that is suited for the pros.

At this moment, what do you think is most likely?

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wicko10 says:

I would like us to sign Levitre, Jared Cook (pass catching TE with seam threat) and Jennings. That would give us the basis to attack the draft, trade down get another pick. We need to get a CB to help pass coverage, WR and T in the second round and then you can attack holes at CB and DE in the 3rd. Defence is this years draft, and we need help in our pass D

jrock says:

proposal! How about we trade Solali for a draft pick or X player? I would like to see odrick move inside and resign starks. odrick and starks can pass rush and play the run from the inside. This a pass league so why not play the guessing game on packages and have odrick and starks in the middle and save some money. plenty of big bodies in this draft.
i also propose we stick it to our division and send offers to Byrd, levitre, keller, even welker. if we gonna be an underneath team imagine having the best hands in the nfl with welker, bess, jennings, and hopefully, hartline. we would be moving chains all day the other names are all upgrades to postions we need. we are a zone blocking team so why not try to draft eric fisher? rated the best prospect for that? long is not necessarily a good system fit either is our guards.
Sign the free agents early and look like a contender you might get a one year contract from say gonzalez, or ed reed( i mention reed cause i need someone to show the dolphins how to not play safe all the time, our current players are from sparano whom seemed to practice its better to be safe than sorry). patriots stay a contender cause they pick up short contracts of older players (mainly offensive side of ball) all the while developing young talent. works, ask the patriots or our neighbors the miami heat.

jrock says:

guess i should of mentioned getting jennings as free agent. i like to cook on the thought of welker, bess, hartline, jennings. crowd the line we still get 3 or 4 yards everytime. best way to beat a team is four yards at a time.

Mad Hatter says:

I really hope they pick up a big quick reciever but they will still need to pick up a FA vet

jdgallo2000@yahoo.com says:

Johnthan Franklin RB -UCLA

Sierra_Bravo26 says:

@phleb72 We already have a real RB: Lamar Miller. Dude will be an absolute beast for us. I would like to see us keep Reggie, and use him and Lamar like we did Ricky/Ronnie.

phleb72 says:

Hope we get a good receiver,TE and trade R Bush and get a real RB.

midwestfinfan says:

Jesse,
Thanks for sharing the insights. I could see the Dolphins draft either Allen or Patterson, but I wonder if they will turn into true top tier #1 receivers. Their 40s times don’t strike me as being overly impressive, so I don’t see them as being deep threats, and I wonder if they will be able to get separation at the next level. I wouldn’t be surprised though to see the Dolphins trade down to get more picks and still be able to draft one of these receivers. I would be interested in knowing how Allen and Patterson compare to other top receivers taken in the top half of the first round over the last few years. How do their college stats compare? How does their speed and size compare?

FinFanInSATX says:

Good Afternoon Jesse & The Finsiders,
I really hope the Fins hit a homerun and get a young, go-to receiver as well to grow with QB Ryan Tannehill as well, but they also need a LT and TE. What is the possibility of the Fins trading down for additional picks including drafting WR Cordarrelle Patterson 2nd round, but signing free agent WR Greg Jennings to be the #1 receiver to groom Patterson and the rest of the receivers? Jennings, Harline, Bess, & Patterson sounds and looks to be a pretty good combination. Not to mention, should the Fins part ways with Long and perhaps RB Reggie Bush, this will also be positions of need. Can’t wait to hear back…Go Fins!

Jesse Agler says:

AJ is in line with Kiper! it’s all very interesting at WR this year; some of the experts don’t think there are ANY WRs who should go top 15 and yet sometimes you see Patterson or Allen there. tough to read. figure will more come into focus once FA plays out a bit and of course the combine numbers.

IGOTGAME says:

Jess what’s up buddy it’s AJ from Nj. Love this kid Cordarrelle Patterson and would like to see him in a Fins Uniform. He has the IT factor and remember he is only a Junior with a ton of upside.If he stayed in school and came out next year he would be a top 10 pick. Cordarrelle Patterson http://youtu.be/vx6pGFvDqt0