Posted: 9:45 am Friday, April 17th, 2009
By Post Staff
(Apologize for the delay updating the blog … the blog tool was down off and on all day Thursday).
With the No. 25 pick, Mel Kiper Jr. sees Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins falling to the Miami Dolphins in the ESPN’s draft guru’s latest mock draft.
That could end up being quite a steal, considering Jenkins was considered a top-10 pick until he ran a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash.
“The speed thing is the big … 4.45 he’s a top 10 pick, 4.55 late first round pick,” Kiper said Thursday during a national conference call. “Some think he’s the third corner (behind Illinois’ Vontae Davis and UConn’s Darius Butler), but I still have him as top corner.
“I like the kid.”
He likes Jenkins enough for Kiper postpone addressing what he sees the Dolphins’ biggest need: wide receiver.
“I tried to get a wide receiver in there,” Kiper said. “But if Jenkins is there does cornerback supersede that?
“Best case scenario is a wide receiver,” he continued. “They have to have help. They’re going give the ball to Chad Henne at some point.
“To begin the Henne Era you need a wide receiver.”
Based on Kiper’s mock, two WRs – Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rutgers’ Kenny Britt – in addition to projected top-10 picks Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin will be gone by No. 25.
Kiper’s counterpart Todd McShay projects Britt coming to Miami at No. 25.
Kiper even suggested (brace yourself johnnysambuca) that Ohio State’s Brian Robiske could be an option for the Dolphins at No. 25.
“Brian Robiskie’s a name we haven’t associated with the first round that much,” Kiper said. “I thought about putting Robiske with Miami or the Giants, but I didn’t and have him early second rounds.
“He’s a guy, great bloodlines with his father, Terry, good size, had a real nice career at Ohio State. He’s a guy that could be that surprise, curveball pick. It wouldn’t shock me.”
In the end, Kiper, like just about everyone, sees wide receiver and cornerback as priorities 1A and 1B, in whichever order works out best based on the first 24 picks.
Interestingly, McShay has USC inside linebacker Rey Maualuga falling all the way to No. 26 for the Ravens. If that happens, Bill Parcells could change course and pick him.
Barring something like Maualuga tumbling out of the teens, Kiper said the Dolphins situation is clear-cut on Day One of the draft.
“They have to come out of this draft with a corner and a wide receiver early on,” he said.