2013 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins Complete 7-Round Mock
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Miami Dolphins Complete Seven-Round Mock
The 2013 NFL Draft is now less than 24 hours away, and the Miami Dolphins continue to be talked about as the big event gets closer. The rumors have been coming one after another as the weeks have gone by: rumors about the Dolphins selecting a cornerback with the 12th overall pick, rumors of them moving up to select one of the three coveted offensive tackles, and now rumors of them moving back in the draft to add another pick (or two) to their sizable treasure trove of selections.
The Dolphins head into Thursday night with 11 picks to their name, but there is a strong possibility that the number changes before the Commissioner announces that Miami is on the clock. For the last few days, rumors about a possible trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for left tackle Branden Albert have been heating up. This would send one of the Dolphins’ two second-round picks to the Chiefs if a deal were to get done, and it likely would not be the only move general manager Jeff Ireland orchestrates throughout the seven rounds of action
Since no trade has been made at this point and there is no way to predict exactly what will happen, the Dolphins still have the 11 picks, and that is how we will approach our final 2013 Mock Draft.
Ireland has made it clear that he wants to upgrade the entire offensive line, and the Dolphins’ cornerback situation will certainly demand his attention early and often as the draft gets underway.
The following slides represent what Ireland and the Dolphins could do if they were unable to make any changes in their draft order. It is unlikely that the 11 picks they have tonight will be what they bring to the table on Thursday — or throughout the rest of the week for that matter — but this is what it could look like if everything stayed the same.
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Round One, Pick 12: Xavier Rhodes — CB — Florida State
At the beginning of this process some months ago, I started with a player profile of Xavier Rhodes and now, with the draft just hours away, we come full circle back to the talented corner.
At 6-foot-2, and a solid 210 pounds, Rhodes has everything you could ask for in a corner. He is a physical receiver who has played wide receiver in the past, and uses that experience to disrupt routes and get in his opponents mind. According to Drafttek, Rhodes only allowed 5.7 yards per completion, the best in all the land. There is no question about how talented Rhodes is. He has everything it takes to become the Dolphins' top corner.
The biggest downside of Rhodes to Miami actually has nothing to do with the young cornerback. His physical attributes remind the fan base of Sean Smith, a corner that was supposed to be of the lockdown variety. Instead, Smith proved to be among the most frustrating selections of the recent past. That said, it pays to remember that Rhodes is a completely different player, and it would be foolhardy to pass up this type of talent because his size is reminiscent of a wasted pick.
Round Two, Pick 42: Zach Ertz — TE — Stanford
This pick will take a little luck, especially with the New York Jets just two picks ahead of the Dolphins. But for the sake of this mock, Zach Ertz is available at 42. Ertz is a massive man standing just a shade over 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at 245 pounds. Despite his size, Ertz ran a 4.68 and a 4.62 40-yard dash, showing great speed and agility for his size.
Miami just signed former Jets standout Dustin Keller (which is why they could grab Ertz with the 40th pick), but he only signed for a one-year deal. By selecting Ertz, they lock down a huge target with great hands. He would be an excellent weapon to add to an offense that continues to add solid pieces.
Round Two, Pick 54: Damontre Moore — 4-3 DE — Texas A&M
If you look at 20 mock drafts, you will see Damontre Moore going in 20 different spots. Some drafts have him going as low as 28th, to the Denver Broncos; others have him as a late second, even an early third. There was a time when Moore was considered a lock to be among the first ten names called on Thursday night, but a poor showing at the NFL Combine and the Texas A&M Pro Day have caused his stock to drop drastically.
The Dolphins have one of the best 4-3 defensive ends in the league in Cameron Wake. Adding Moore to the opposite side of the line would be a win-win for everyone involved. Moore would benefit from the disruption Wake consistently creates, which takes some of the pressure off of the rookie. As he develops, Moore will compliment Wake in ways the Dolphins had hoped they would get from 2010 draft pick Jared Odrick.
It seems crazy to think that Moore could still be here at 54, but with as much upside as the DE has, there are just as many negatives, each contributing to the way this mock breaks down. With him on the board, the Dolphins will jump to the podium when they are put on the clock.
Round Three, Round 77: David Bakhtiari, — OT — Colorado
Since the moment Jake Long chose to sign with the St. Louis Rams over re-signing with the Dolphins, all of the talk has surrounded the hole his absence has created on the left side of the line. The thing is, Miami played hardball with Long because they had Jonathan Martin on the roster. If the Dolphins’ front office felt like they couldn’t trust Martin with Ryan Tannehill’s blindside, then they would have never let Long get away. They had a chance to match the Ram’s offer. They had the money to pay more than that. The Longs were established here in Miami and if the Dolphins had wanted to keep him, they certainly could have.
The Dolphins have been in talks for Branden Albert’s services, and the rumors about them moving up for a top tackle have been heating up for the last several weeks. In all of that, the fact that the Dolphins already have a left tackle gets lost. That is what makes David Bakhtiari a steal in the third round.
Bakhtiari has the size and strength to make his presence felt on the Dolphins offensive line. He was a redshirt in 2009, played right tackle in 2010, making the switch to left, where he played for the last two seasons. He is powerful, with a low center of gravity and long arms. He adjusts well when he gets beaten and once gets his hands on an opponent, it is hard for them to disengage. There are questions when it comes to his footwork against speedy defensive ends that can rush the edge, and that is where he found himself in the most trouble over the last two years. But, he looks like he can be coached up at the next level.
The Dolphins can go in to training camp with him penciled in as the right tackle and then see who can win the starting left position. Martin struggled a bit in his rookie year, but Tannehill did not have the weapons he does this year. He could develop into the franchise left they hoped he would be, or they can groom Bakhtiari to take over and move Martin back to the right.
Round Three, Pick 82: B.W. Webb — CB — William & Mary
With B.W. Webb still on the board, the Dolphins come away with an explosive playmaker with quick reactions and keen ball hawking skills. Webb snagged 11 interceptions during his time at William & Mary, and has seen his stock rise steadily since playing his last game there.
Having played in the FCS, Webb saw top-tier competition on a limited basis. Never has the word “average” sounded so negative as when it is used to describe Webb’s size. He stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 185 pounds but as the old saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog — and Webb has shown he has a ton of fight in him.
Webb proved he could hang with the big boys at the Senior Bowl, grabbing attention from the moment the seniors began practicing. His performance at the Combine only increased his worth. Despite his shorter stature, Webb was among the top performers in the vertical jump (40.5), the broad jump (132 inches), the 20-yard shuffle (3.84 seconds) and the 60-yard shuffle (11.06).
Webb also brings his sub-4.5 40-yard dash speed and playmaking ability to special teams, possibly playing opposite Marcus Thigpen on kickoffs, and as a back up in punt return situations.
He comes with a laundry list of issues that will need refinement at the next level, but he has what it takes to come out of training camp as the starting nickel for the Dolphins’ secondary. With his athleticism and skill set, Webb also has the ability to play on the outside and depending on how he develops, it is possible that Webb ends up being the steal of the draft.
Round Four, Pick 111: T.J. McDonald — FS — Southern California
The Dolphins just re-signed Chris Clemons to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million with $1 million guaranteed, but grabbing up T.J. McDonald in the fourth round is exactly what Ireland and Philbin are hoping for — the perfect merger of talent and need. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, McDonald led USC in tackles last season (112), along with a sack and two picks. He needs to work on staying focused as the play develops, as well as strengthening his route recognition. A great pick for the future.
Round Five, Pick 146: Zavier Gooden — OLB — Missouri
After a slight slip dropped him from a projected late fourth-rounder, into the early fifth, the Dolphins have someone to put pressure on Koa Misi. Zavier Gooden is a bit raw, but has shown flashes of what he could become with a bit of patience and tutelage while playing in the SEC. The Dolphins could have gone for a running back here as well, but Gooden is such an interesting prospect, it is hard to pass on that for a running back that may not be much of upgrade over the second and third-string backs already in place.
Round Five, Pick 166: Kwame Gaethers — DT43 — Georgia
What Kwame Gaethers lacks in speed ad agility, he can make up in power as long as he keeps his pads down and does not give up leverage. He is pretty raw at this point, but at 6-foot-6, weighing nearly 350 pounds, Gaethers could become a force to be reckoned with.
Round Seven, Pick 217: Jesse Tretter — OG — Cornell
To start the seventh round, Miami adds bodies to take into training camp this fall. Jesse Tretter is an interesting prospect that stands out, even though he has spent his career at a smaller school. Far from an immediate starter, he will find a place on the team even if it were the practice squad. It might not be sexy, but it is a place where he could be properly developed to become a part of the Dolphins' future.
Round Seven, Pick 224: Dustin Hopkins — K — Florida State
The usually-reliable Dan Carpenter missed several field goals last season, contributing to at least two Dolphins’ losses. He looked like he had stabilized near the end of the season, but Philbin and Ireland are going to want some insurance in 2013. There is too much riding on this season to have a kicker with shaken confidence costing them games. Dustin Hopkins is a player they know well, with him playing at Florida State, and he could easily work his way into a starting position.
Round Seven, Pick 250: Josh Kline — OG — Kent State
Being from Kent State, finding tape on Josh Kline proved a bit difficult, but several NFL teams sent representatives to the Kent State Pro Day to take a look at Kline and others. He posted a 5.12 40-yard dash and pressed 25 reps of 225. Kline has played both guard positions and right tackle, so he is versatile and could prove to be a great addition with the Dolphins' final picks.
And Now We Wait For The Real Deal
This wraps up the final 2013 NFL Mock Draft of the Miami Dolphins. You will notice there were no wide receivers taken in at any of the 11 selections. Besides the fact that the Dolphins already addressed this area in free agency, I expect them to bring in several undrafted free agents. Instead of using a high pick on a wide receiver during the draft, the Dolphins were able to add strength and depth across every position. Had they not selected Zach Ertz with their second pick, this may not have been the strategy.
The Mocks are done, and now you can enjoy the real thing. By the time all of the trades are finished, the draft landscape will look nothing like it did this morning. Hopefully, your team got their guy, or guys as the case may be. Remember to use the comment box below to share your thoughts, or reach out to us on Twitter using the hash tag #RML to let us know how your team fared on the NFL's most exciting day of the offseason.