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Miami Dolphins news, analysis

Updated: Palm Beach Post Final 2013 NFL Mock Draft

  • 9:00 am Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Post Staff

UPDATED on April 24 to reflect Jets trading Darrelle Revis and several other changes.

With the 12th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select …

The best player available.

Unlike in 2011 when the Dolphins desperately needed a center (Mike Pouncey), and in 2012 when they badly needed a quarterback (Ryan Tannehill), the Dolphins are in a good position this year to take the best player on their draft board, regardless of position.

They still have a few holes to fill – they need to find a starting right tackle, another tight end, more help on the defensive line and another cornerback – but they don’t have to target one single position with their 12th pick, because they filled most of their needs in free agency.
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The Palm Beach Post’s 2012 NFL mock draft

  • 5:14 pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Post Staff

With the 2012 NFL Draft quickly approaching, Dolphins writer Ben Volin shares his forecast for how the first round will unfold. To read the method behind Ben’s madness, click here to read the accompanying story that explains his pick. Click to see the mock draft after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Mock Draft 3.0: Bill Parcells guides us in our quest to pick for the Dolphins at 15

  • 10:52 pm Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 by Post Staff

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland didn’t exactly reveal his draft board to local reporters last week during his pre-draft press conference, so trying to predict what he will do with the 15th pick isn’t so easy.

Fortunately, Bill Parcells starred in a 90-minute ESPN infomercial Tuesday night, in which Ireland’s former boss and mentor explained his draft philosophies in great detail. So let’s let Parcells guide our quest to pick a player for the Dolphins in our final mock draft.

First off, the obsession of every football fan in South Florida: Quarterback. Should the Dolphins, who say they haven’t given up on Chad Henne, draft Ryan Mallett? Or Colin Kaepernick? Or Andy Dalton? Or Christian Ponder?

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Mock Draft v. 2.0: Predicting the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft

  • 11:49 am Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 by Post Staff

Once again, a disclaimer is in order before you rip me and this mock draft to shreds:

The draft order will ultimately be different when the first round is completed on April 28. Trades will happen, very likely including the Miami Dolphins at 15. I believe the Dolphins will be able to trade down to the bottom of the first round and pick up a second-round pick, just like they did last year.

But for now, we have to assume the Dolphins will pick at 15. And though they need help at several high-profile positions — quarterback, running back, receiver and outside linebacker — all of the top offensive players in my mock draft will be taken by the 15th pick, and the Dolphins will ultimately find the best value at offensive line, which happens to be a significant area of need.

The pick, then, is Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi, a consensus All-American in 2010 who won the Outland Trophy for the nation’s top interior lineman. Carimi, 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, can fill an immediate need for the Dolphins at guard, and in several years transition to right tackle as Vernon Carey, who turns 30 in July and has about $20 million in base salary due in the next four years.

The Dolphins then can use their remaining 6-7 picks stockpiling speedy running backs, receivers, pass rushers and, yes, a quarterback.

As for the top of the draft, I now predict the Panthers to take the bait and select Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick. He is simply too intriguing a prospect for the Panthers and new head coach Ron Rivera not to take. He will instantly become the face of the franchise and have a Tebow-like effect on jersey and ticket sales.

We took a stab at an initial Mock Draft a month ago, which can be found by clicking HERE.

Here, then, is the widely anticipated follow-up: Mock Draft v. 2.0:

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Mock Draft v. 1.0: Predicting the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft

  • 8:49 am Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 by Post Staff

OK, first, a disclaimer:

Obviously, the draft order will look nothing after the draft like it does now. Trades will happen, of course, and they are impossible to predict. The Dolphins likely won’t be drafting at No. 15 in the first round after they trade down for multiple picks.

But the bosses want a Mock Draft. So that’s what we do.

And the Mock Draft has plenty of value, even if only 25 percent of the picks will be correct come Draft Day. You can use this as a guide to understand a team’s needs — offensive line, pass rusher, skill positions, etc.

For the Dolphins, I believe they want to take a top-flight receiver, running back or quarterback with their first pick. But you’ll notice I have them taking an offensive lineman. That’s because I believe all of the top offensive skill players they would consider will be off the board by 15. At that point, it makes sense to take a stud offensive tackle to beef up Chad Henne’s protection, rather than reach for a running back or receiver. There is plenty of depth at those positions in the middle rounds.

OK, enough explaining. Here is my Mock Draft v. 1.0. We will update this periodically before the draft, which is April 28-30.

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