Miami Dolphins 2012 NFL Mock Draft | First Round
The Miami Dolphins ended the 2011 season on a high note, as they won six of their last nine games on route to a 6-10 record.
Reggie Bush was a big factor for the turnaround in the second half for the Dolphins. He recorded his first ever 1,000 yard rushing season and finished the year off with 519 rushing yards in the last four games he played in.
Matt Moore was able to manage at the quarterback position with only 5 interceptions in the final nine games, but it’s clear if the Dolphins want to take the next step they’ll need to upgrade at the quarterback position.
New head coach, and former Green Bay Packers OC, Joe Philbin has ties to potential free agent Matt Flynn, so it makes sense that it would be a great fit for both Flynn and the Dolphins.
They’ve also expressed interest in another potential free agent in Peyton Manning, assuming he’s healthy enough to play next season.
It’s safe to say that the Dolphins won’t be selecting a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft, as they are to far down to select the top 2 QB’s in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, so they’ll need to focus on upgrading their offensive line and secondary, as well as a complimentary back to Reggie Bush.
The Miami Dolphins own the 8th or 9th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft with a coin flip with the Panthers coming.
Here are some of the top options for them to pursue with the 8th/9th overall pick.
Option #1: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Kirkpatrick would be an instant upgrade for an average secondary and would likely start right away opposite of Vontae Davis.
He has elite athleticism, as well as being extremely aggressive and physical. He’s great against the run and could shut down half of the field for the Miami Dolphins.
Option #2: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Assuming the Dolphins do bring in either Matt Flynn or Peyton Manning, they’ll need to upgrade at offensive tackle and Reiff would be the perfect fit, as he could play on the left or right side.
Iowa has the pedigree of producing great offensive lineman and Riley Reiff is thought to be another great lineman. He could be a franchise type player that anchors a solid line for the Dolphins for years to come.
Option #3: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
DeCastro is the highest rated guard in the 2012 NFL draft, so he might not be around when the Dolphins pick in the first round.
The Stanford product is a great run blocker, despite not being overly powerful, but he uses his hands very well and is also a great pass protector, as seen by keeping Andrew Luck off of the turf for the past three seasons.
Option #4: Michael Floyd, WR, Norte Dame
The Miami Dolphins will be looking for a receiver to complement Brandon Marshall and Floyd would be that type of player that could start right away.
Floyd is a very physical receiver who has great hands and is not afraid to go over the middle to catch passes. He needs to improve his run-blocking skills, but he could prove to be one of the better pure receivers coming out of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Option #5: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Much like Floyd, Jeffery is thought to be a very physical receiver that is not scared to go over the middle, and he has been compared to Brandon Marshall.
Jeffery had a huge sophomore season for the Gamecocks, but he wasn’t able to produce enough in his Junior season due to inconsistent quarterback play and weight issues. There’s no question Jeffery has all the tools to become an elite player at the next level, but there are still some concerns regarding his speed and work ethic.