version 1.0 of the Miami Dolphins' first round draft projections according to various mock drafts. As you now know, plenty has happened since then and it's time to see what analysts, writers and bloggers have to say with the actual draft just days away. Let the "mockeration" begin, once again:
And with the 12th pick in 2010 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select...
- Phin Phanatic - Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan (Predicted April 17)
- Pewter Report, Charlie Campbell - Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas (Predicted April 17)
- FFToolbox.com, Joshua Lobdell - Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama (Predicted April 16)
- WalterFootball.com, Walter Cherepinsky - Dan Williams, T, Tennessee (Predicted April 15)
- The Football Expert, Mike Abromowitz - Dan Williams, T, Tennessee (Predicted April 15)
- The Football Expert, Clint Clearwater - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (Predicted April 15)
- ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. - Dan Williams, T, Tennessee (Predicted April 14)
- NFLDraftDog.com - Jason Pierre-Paul, LB, South Florida (Predicted April 12)
- Draft King, Lou Pickney - Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas (Predicted April 12)
Rarely do you see mocks that include Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant going to the Dolphins anymore because of the new "Marshall" in town. The only other offensive pick that is still floating around as a wild card is Clemson RB C.J. Spiller. But having lost their second round pick in the Marshall trade, the Dolphins will likely address the side of the football with the most holes: defense. With that said, it's safe to limit Miami's first round options to linebacker/defensive end, nose tackle and safety.
Dan Williams is the sole nose tackle being projected at number 12 and would address the need for a run-stopper and hole-plugger while Jason Ferguson serves his eight-game suspension. Williams' stock skyrocketed in the past few months, placing him as a legit first round pick according to many analysts. Whether Miami decides to apply the pressure through the defensive line or linebacking core, the need for an improved front seven is evident.
All this speculation will soon be gone one April 22nd rolls around and the Dolphins place their bets of the franchise's future. Having changed the direction of this organization, the Trifecta has already made some impressive improvements through their draft decisions the past two seasons. Fans can only hope this trend continues on Thursday, pushing Miami toward elite status in the NFL.
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