Posted: 12:09 pm Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
By Post Staff
You are Jeff Ireland, general manager of the Miami Dolphins, and you have the 15th pick in this month’s NFL Draft.
That was the scenario put before me today when I joined the Rob Long Show on 1370-AM in Baltimore.
Except I wasn’t just allowed to pick any old player for the Dolphins. Long is doing a “Media Mock Draft” on his show, with a reporter in each market serving as his team’s general manager. Fourteen players were picked before my appearance today, just like in real life.
So when I picked for the Dolphins, the following players had already come off the board:
1. Panthers – Cam Newton – QB – Auburn
2. Broncos – Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama
3. Bills – Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson
4. Bengals – AJ Green – WR – Georgia
5. Cardinals – Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M
6. Browns – Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn
7. 49ers – Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU
8. Titans – Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri
9. Cowboys – Tyron Smith – OT – USC
10. Redskins – Julio Jones – WR – Alabama
11. Texans – Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina
12. Vikings – Cameron Jordan – DE – California
13. Lions – Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska
14. Rams – Corey Liuget – DT – Illinois
My first thought: Damn.
No dream prospect fell out of the top 14 that would instantly improve the team or allow me to trade back. All of the top quarterbacks (Newton and Gabbert), receivers (Green and Jones), cornerbacks (Peterson and Amakumara) and defensive linemen (six of them) came off the board early. And an excellent offensive lineman, USC’s Tyron Smith, is gone as well.
But two notable names that have great interest to Dolphins fans are missing from this list:
Mark Ingram and Ryan Mallett.
The Dolphins need a running back. They need a quarterback. Two of the top players at those positions have fallen in my lap. I can pull the trigger right now and get the Dolphins’ next franchise player on offense.
Or I can call an audible and go a different route — Offensive line? Wide receiver? Outside linebacker?
Click Here to listen to the segment and see who I picked — and why.
Also, listen to the latest ESPN 760 Dolphins On Demand Podcast, where Ken LaVicka and I catch you up to speed on everything that has happened with the Dolphins over the past three months.