Its still February and the 2010 season hasn’t officially begun yet. But mock drafts are a fun way to spend the time anticipating what your favorite team will do to try and turn themselves into Super Bowl contenders. Since the combine just started and free agency is a few long days away, here’s a look at what the Miami Dolphins might do through the draft to continue building this team into a contender.
The main rule: The combine and free agency will ultimately change what teams could do in the draft, so I’m going purely on what’s available at this moment. I am not going to even speculate on trades or signings. I’m just looking at building purely through the draft. I’m also not going to be stupid and think every great player will fall to the Dolphins. I’m going to pick players based on need and where they might be available.
The Dolphins’ needs (in no particular order): NT, WR, ILB, OLB, FS, OL, TE
Without further ado, my Miami Dolphins mock draft for 2010. And remember, its just for fun.
Round 1: Sergio Kindle (OLB, Texas)– Kindle is a prototypical 3-4 OLB. He has the height, speed, and ability to be a pass rushing LB in the 3-4 system. His stock could rise tremendously with his combine workouts, specifically the linebacker coverage drills. Some might say this is a reach, but Parcells took DeMarcus Ware in the first round with Dallas and with the success of guys like him and Orakpo, this could be a likely pick.
Round 2: Cam Thomas (NT, Carolina) – Thomas put himself on the map with a strong Senior Bowl week. At 6’4" 331 lbs., Thomas could be a hot commodity in April with more teams switching to the 3-4. Nose tackles are the key to a good 3-4 and there aren’t many good ones available either through free agency or the draft. Jason Ferguson is aging and coming off a season ending injury. Finding his replacement should be paramount.
Round 3: Carlton Mitchell (WR, South Florida)– This kid, in my opinion, is a sleeper pick. He’s 6’4" 212 lbs. with 4.45 speed. He’s not getting much hype, but I think he has the potential to be a #1 WR in the NFL. His combine performance, particularly the gauntlet, will affect his stock. If he’s available in the 3rd (and he could be), I see the Dolphins taking him.
Round 4: Micah Johnson (ILB, Kentucky)– Another somewhat under the radar prospect, Johnson could very easily be available in the 4th round. Knee injuries have hurt his stock and that’s why he could drop. He seems to be a good fit in the 3-4 at ILB. He has good size and is a tackling machine. He could provide an upgrade at the ILB position and be another steal in the 4th round.
Round 6, Pick 1: Jimmy Graham (TE, Miami) – The Dolphins have 3 picks in the 6th round. With the first one, Miami takes a project player here. Graham is a converted basketball player with tons of athleticism. He could be a receiving threat running the seam, giving match-up problems for safeties and linebackers. His stock could soar at the combine, meaning he could move up draft boards, but until then, he’s still considered a project player and thus a late round pick.
Round 6, Pick 2: Thomas Austin (OG, Clemson) – Austin is a late round prospect that can provide depth at the guard and center positions. Miami will need to add depth here after injuries forced the Dolphins into running a patchwork line for a few games. While the offensive line is a strength for Miami, adding depth is important to keep it strong.
Round 6, Pick 3: Robert Johnson (FS, Utah)– This might be a stretch with this pick; meaning Johnson may go as early as the 4th round. However, he seems to be flying in under the radar. Some fans may think that FS should be addressed earlier, but Miami drafted Chris Clemons last season. While he didn’t get much playing time, he could develop into a starter. How well his development is going could be indicated by how early the Dolphins address this position. If they don’t take a FS in the first 3 rounds, this could mean the coaches are confident Clemons can get it done.
Round 7, Pick 1: Javarris James (RB, Miami)– Miami has 2 picks in the 7th round. Running back is not a huge need for the Dolphins, but they can take a flyer on a local kid. He’s 6’0" and 215 pounds and could give the Dolphins some added depth in the case that Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams goes down again.
Round 7, Pick 2: Terrell Hudgins (WR, Elon)– Hudgins is the all time leader in TDs and receiver yards at the I-AA (FCS) level, surpassing the great Jerry Rice. Hudgins is a huge target at 6’2" 235 lbs. He isn’t super fast though and that will hurt his stock. However, he does have great hands and makes the tough catches. In the 7th round, he’s worth a shot.