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2013 Mock Draft Roundup 5.0
By on April 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Alabama OT DJ Fluker is a popular pick with some draft analysts at #12.

Alabama OT DJ Fluker is a popular pick with some draft analysts at #12.

We’re now just two days away from the start of the 2013 Draft and with all kinds of rumors flying around, it’s time to take one last look at some mock drafts to see what the gurus and experts think the Dolphins will do with the 12th overall selection.

Without accounting for potential trades, below you will find a selection of selections and where the experts think the Dolphins will turn in the first round on Thursday night:

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

They could easily move up to get Johnson or Fisher as well.

Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

I was told by one secondary coach that Rhodes is the top corner on their board. If he’s still available when Miami picks they solve the loss of Sean Smith.

Gil Brandt, NFL.com: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

If this comes to fruition, it’ll be loudly booed, because fans in Miami think the Dolphins need an offensive lineman or even another receiver, but I think this is the best way for them to improve their defense. Vaccaro is a great, great competitor, someone who can be the glue for the back end of this unit; just having him on the field will make Miami tougher.

Charley Casserly, NFL.com: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Rhodes or rapidly rising Desmond Trufant? The Florida State product is rated higher on most boards.

Matt Miller, BleacherReport.com: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Ziggy Ansah opposite Cameron Wake? AFC East offenses won’t want to see that.

Todd McShay, ESPN: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

No analysis given.

Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

Whether via the draft or adding a veteran via free agency or trade, Miami must address the gaping hole left by Jake Long if general manager Jeff Ireland’s aggression this offseason is going to pay off. Fluker’s length and physicality make him an ideal fit at right tackle, meaning second-year pro Jonathan Martin would be making the jump to left tackle.

Josh Norris, NFL.com: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

As of publishing, the Dolphins had not acquired Branden Albert. Cooper cannot play on the edge, but he would solidify one of the interior positions.

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What do YOU think the Dolphins will do at #12? Tell us in the comments below…


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dolfan29 says:

Vaccaro, Ertz, Armstead and Swope
- Free safety can help corners
- Dual tight end threats…huge for offense
- Athletic/smart lineman steal in the second round
- Fast slot and maybe more receiver that Tannehill knows (just as fast as Austin)

Its fun to play GM….can’t get fired if I’m wrong!

professorlou says:

“Rashaan Melvin has been flying under the radar throughout the entire pre draft process but that doesn’t mean he’s gone unnoticed by NFL teams. The 6′ 2″ corner who ran a 4.4 forty at his pro day tallied 172 tackles and broke up 30 passes in his three years as a starter at NIU. In addition to his speed Melvin also showcased his skills at his pro day with a 38″ vertical and a 10′ 10″ broad jump. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions recently hosted Melvin for a visit and he is also said to be on the Saints radar. The question is why this prospect at cornerback hasn’t received the attention he deserves considering he has been one of the best players at the position in the country. This is a player who has played as well as any corner in college football over the past 3 years and he will be drafted much sooner than some project. Melvin is currently projected to be a late round pick but that projection doesn’t seem to meet the expectations of some of the teams who are interested in him. Don’t be surprised if you here his name much sooner. Some teams have him as their fourth or fifth best corner on their boards. “

chuckdtke says:

i think the dolphins get albert with the lower of their 2 – 2nd round picks and use the 12th pick to get an edge pass rusher, whether it be ansah, mingo or carradine
with their next pick in the 2nd, they should target a good CB which there will be so i would trade up to secure hayden and give up 1 3rd

professorlou says:

Xavier Rhodes is extremely good at press coverage but he has shown that he struggles in zone coverage which is what Kevin Coyle institutes in pass defense. Unless Rhodes has done something to prove to this team that he can also play zone I don’t see him coming here. That’s not just my opinion but that is the big knock on him according to others as well. A guy like Leon McFadden or Jordan Poyer would be more suited to this defense as well as Rashaan Melvin. All three are not only extremely good at covering one on one but excel in zone coverage as well. In zone coverage you need to be able to cover a lot of ground quickly and these three have shown consistently that they can close on a player very fast when the ball is put in the air. Melvin had 17 passes defensed this past season. That is phenomenal.

professorlou says:

Just stay at 12 and take Cooper in the first followed by:
Zach Ertz
Terrance Williams
William Gholston
Le’Veon Bell
Leon McFadden
Ettiene Sabino
Keith Pough
Chris Faulk
Rashaan Melvin
Theo Goins

UDFA: George Winn, Lanear Sampson, Craig Wilkins,

AJ says:

One Wrong All Wrong

poizon says:

What is Gil Brandt smoking when he says another receiver in the first round?