With the start of the 2013 NFL Draft now less than three weeks away, time for the latest roundup of mock drafts from around the web.
This edition is very Dolphin-centric, as we took selections from all three local papers as well as picks from several fan sites. Keep in mind, some/many of these will be updated before the 25th, but these are some of the latest projections and predictions concerning Miami and the #12 pick:
Armando Salguero, Miami Herald: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Dolphins need a cornerback. They lost two three-year starters since the beginning of 2012 and have no real replacements right now. I don’t buy the Dimitri Patterson talk for one minute. Cornerback is also an elite position so I don’t mind upgrading with such a high pick.
Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Dolphins need a young, athletic, rangy CB, and Rhodes fits Jeff Ireland’s prototype.
Ben Volin, Palm Beach Post: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
All the elite OTs are gone and while TE Tyler Eifert is tempting, there’s good value in later rounds. So we land on Ansah, a freakish pass rusher who provides good size opposite Cam Wake.
Brian Catanzaro, FinNation.com: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Someone please explain this to me: why is Tyler Eifert good enough to be a #15-20 pick, but not a #12 pick? Eifert would add a physical seam threat dimension to an offense playing small-ball in the redzone with RB Lamar Miller, WR Mike Wallace, WR Brian Hartline, and TE Dustin Keller. He’ll be a full 3 inches taller than any WR or TE who lines up in the redzone.
Kevin Nogle, ThePhinsider.com: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Brent Grimes signing by the Dolphins has me reconsidering my idea of the team preferring De-smond Trufant over Rhodes in this spot. Rhodes adds a couple of inches over Trufant, and 20 pounds. Despite the team going to a zone scheme this year, Rhodes’ size and coverage capabilities in a man-on-man scenario cannot be ignored. In the end, I think that could get Rhodes the nod.
Chad Pullen, miamidolphinsdraft.com: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Completely against the grain and everything GM Jeff Ireland has ever done. This roster, this offseason with extra picks available in the mid rounds, Ireland can go for the homerun and add elite speed to an offense that has been adding elite speed recently. Suddenly, Tannehill would have every weapon he could ever ask for at his disposal with the electric Austin and some additional picks in the next two rounds. The future of this team is being built around Tannehill, it’s time to stock up on young offensive talent to give him the tools he’ll need to be successful over a long period, not just the 2013 season.
Daniel Eliesen, PhinsPhocus.com: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
With Lane Johnson and Dee Milllner both most likely being off the board, I think the Dolphins continue with the trend of trying to find Ryan Tannehill weapons. Eifert is a tight end that can help spread the field and brings another pass catcher to this offense. With Dustin Keller brought in on just a 1 year contract coming off and injury the Dolphins could look to adding 2 TE packages adding a new aspect to this offense. While corner back is need, after Millner no CB really warrants being taken in the top 15 and I believe Ireland’s faith in the guys on the roster currently is very understated.
Tony Simmons, Phinfever.com: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin is probably the most explosive offensive player in this draft, and he would give the Dolphins…a player that can take it to the house any time he touches the ball from the slot WR position.
Brian Miller, PhinPhanatic.com: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Many will see this as a reach, but the closer we get to the draft the more Carradine’s name is coming up. People are putting the tape on to view Werner, Manuel and Rhodes but Carradine is jumping off the film. Werner may be a better rounded player, but Carradine has more athleticism and more upside. I have been talking him up all year as I thought he was better than Werner and many are starting to think he could be the best pass rusher in this class. This will all depend on how his workout is on April 20 as he tore his ACL late in the season. If he looks good then you will start seeing his name in many mocks, but let it be known I was the first…LOL I think Miami will do everything they can to trade out of this spot as they can get similar value all the way down to around #25. However don’t look for Carradine to make it past #19 and the Giants, rumor is they like him a lot ( I could also see NO taking him at #15), and he reminds me of Justin Tuck.
Austin John, PhinNation.com: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The film shows a CB that has the size and skills to be a Pro Bowl caliber cover-corner in the NFL. Don’t be sour about Sean Smith, Rhodes is NOT Sean Smith. Rhodes is much more refined CB that happens to have elite size. Miami’s defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is a notoriously known around the league as a CB magician. If given this physical prospect the sky is the limit of Xavier Rhodes. Grimes 1-yr deal does not necessarily make Miami better in the immediate future, but the thought of Grimes and Rhodes is much more impressive starting duo than D.Patterson and Nolan Carroll. Rhodes provides stability and potential in a depleted secondary. Miami needs playmakers, they paid to have them on offense; now they need them in the secondary.
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