Miami Dolphins 2013 Mock Draft, Week 3: Seven Rounds
Miami Dolphins 2013 NFL Mock Draft
It’s been a week since my last mock draft came out, and this mock should look very different. With some input from my viewers, as well as researching more, this mock should be more appealing.
The Miami Dolphins were a little quieter during the second week of free agency, which was to be expected. After making a big splash in the first week, the Miami Dolphins stayed in house, re-signing a bunch of players. Among these were Randy Starks, R.J. Stanford, Pat Devlin, and Nate Garner. Starks was their franchise tag, and signed him for a one-year tender through 2013.
The Dolphins positions of concern are on the offensive line, at secondary, and on the defensive line. Last week, I went offensive lineman first, which will be the same this week. This mock draft will represent two consecutive corner back picks, with the next being a defensive lineman.
Last week, I had Monte Ball in the mix, which after much thinking will not be in this mock. Even though running back might be a weakness on the offense, Lamar Miller has great potential, and with Daniel Thomas and the other surrounding backs, they should be able to hold their own.
The Dolphins also need to add another tight end to their roster, preferably a blocking tight end. Even with the addition of Keller, they need someone who can block, as well as receive. Keller is not a good blocking tight end, so drafting somebody here could create a good, balanced tight end attack.
The Dolphins also need help at the safety positions, so I have kept their fifth round pick from last week. So, here are is my latest mock draft.
First Round: Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle - Oklahoma
I had them going offensive line last week, and I have them going offensive line again this week. Lane Johnson is a dominant tackle who can line up on both sides of the line. Many fans want a left tackle, and Johnson can be that tackle.
Second Round: Jamar Taylor, Cornerback, Boise State
The fans also expressed that they want a lockdown corner, and Jamar Taylor can be that force. Taylor is a great talent, and is very aggressive and physical. The thing that is impressive about Taylor is that he is well discipline, and is instinctive, which makes him out to be a veteran more than a rookie.
Second Round (2): Jordan Poyer, Cornerback, Oregon State
The fans want double cornerback picks back to back, and you can’t get any two better aggressive cornerbacks than Taylor and Jordan Poyer out of Oregon State. On the scouting report Poyer is known to throw his body around. He is a good athlete who plays stronger than he looks, and gets physical if he is matched up will bigger receivers. Poyer just needs to be coached up a little more, but Poyer can also be a possible lockdown corner in the near future.
Third Round: Travis Kelce, Tight End, Cincinnati
Travis Kelce can be that blocking tight end that the Dolphins so desperately need. Not only a good receiver, who uses his hands well and is quicker than you’d think, Kelce is an aggressive blocker. Kelce plays with NFL like intensity, and could be a great compliment to Dustin Keller. The past two weeks I had them picking up the big tight end Dion Sims out of Michigan State, but Sims isn’t the blocker than Kelce is.
Third Round (2): Devin Taylor, Defensive End, South Carolina
The Dolphins need a pass rusher. Devin Taylor out of South Carolina is an absolute monster. Standing 6’7, Taylor stands among the top five defensive linemen in most combine drills. Taylor is smart, disciplined, and very quick for his size. Taylor, as a shock as it may seem, does get pushed around a bit, and needs to have a better sense of urgency. With the right coaching and influence, Taylor can be a dominant force in the league.
Fourth Round: Corey Lemonier, Defense End, Auburn
I am going with my same pick as last week in the fourth round. I may be criticized for going back to back defensive ends, but I believe Corey Lemonier is a great talent to get in the fourth round, and it will be interesting to see what he can do in the league.
Fifth Round: Robert Lester, Safety, Alabama
This pick will stay consistent with last week. Robert Lester, safety out of Alabama, is a solid pickup in the fifth round. With comparisons to Kerry Rhodes, his ball hawking skills, along with his admirable work ethic will get him far in the league. The Dolphins need secondary help, and Lester could provide some depth.
Seventh Round: Denard Robinson, Wide Receiver, Michigan
I had them picking Denard Robinson here last week. Look, we all know what Robinson can do, maybe he can be the next great wildcat orchestrator.
Seventh Round (2): Tanner Hawkinson, Offensive Tackle, Kansas
In the seventh round, you’re most likely not going to find a gem, but Tanner Hawkinson could be close to it. Hawkinson will probably never be a starter in the league, unless there are injuries, but he is a former tight end who is an impressive blocker. He’s quick, patient as a pass blocker, and instinctive as a run blocker. Hawkinson could be one of those guys that you bring in during special packages for run plays, which can be a vital weapon in critical third down plays.