Monday, April 1, 2013
Three draft options: Miami Dolphins
By James Walker
This week, the AFC East blog will run a series on three top draft possibilities for each team. We start Monday with the Miami Dolphins, who hold the No. 12 overall pick.
Option No. 1: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
Analysis: The Dolphins did a solid job of filling many of their holes in free agency. Miami plugged needs at wide receiver, tight end and guard. This puts Miami in a good position to take the best available player or draft for need. Johnson, if he's still on the board at No. 12, could be both. Johnson is the third-rated offensive tackle behind Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. But Johnson has a high ceiling and is capable of playing left or right tackle at the next level. The Dolphins lost left tackle Jake Long in free agency and are still looking for a replacement. Options include Jonathan Martin, signing a veteran free agent (Eric Winston?) or considering a player like Johnson in the draft.
Options No. 2: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Analysis: Personally, I think Rhodes is more of a top-20 or top-25 pick. But Miami needs corners and Rhodes could be the best one on the board at No. 12. Rhodes is big and physical, which would fit in well in Miami. The Dolphins are in the process of remaking their cornerback position. Rhodes and free-agent signing Brent Grimes, if healthy, would be a solid one-two punch and a good mix of youth and experience at corner for Miami.
Options No. 3: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Analysis: The Dolphins re-signed Chris Clemons this offseason. But it's still enticing for Miami to take the best safety in this draft. Vaccaro can do it all. Vaccaro can cover, he's good in run support and he can drop down in the slot, which Miami needs. Clemons and Reshad Jones are a decent tandem, but Vaccaro and Jones together would be more dangerous long-term.