As a Miami Dolphins fan I'd love to see all the needs of the team addressed in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. While that is a bit unrealistic there is plenty of talent in this year's crop of college players ready to turn pro and I do feel that if the Miami Dolphins' brass goes about it in just the right way the Fins will be rewarded with some key players at positions that, in the eyes of this fan, need attention, including quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end and right guard. Even though those "in the know" like Chad Reuter of NFL.com think the Miami Dolphins will go after a quarterback first, I am hopeful they take a different route and first address the need for a wide receiver, then go after a quarterback and so on, targeting specific players along the way.
Round 1: Justin Blackmon - WR Oklahoma State
The first player that I hope the Miami Dolphins go after is Justin Blackmon. With the depatrure of Brandon Marshall by way of a trade, whoever ends up as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins will need a marquee receiver to throw to and Blackmon has all the ingredients to be just that. At 6 feet 1 inch and 207 pounds, Blackmon could be a steal for the Dolphins if he is available with the eighth overall pick in the first round.
Round 2: Brandon Weeden - QB Oklahoma State
Even though the consensus seems to be the Dolphins going after Ryan Tannehill with their first round pick, I think they can pass on him and still get a great quarterback in Brandon Weeden with their second round pick. One of the biggest reasons I like Weeden over Tannehill is his experience and his age. He is 28 years old and only got a late start in college after a stint playing minor league baseball. While some might think that is a negative I think that would translate into a mature leader who could lead the Miami Dolphins this season. Plus, with Blackmon already drafted, the Dolphins will all but guarantee some sparks from the pair as they frequently lit up the football field while playing together at Oklahoma State.
Round 3 (1st pick): Malik Jackson - DE Tennessee
The Miami Dolphins have a big need for a defensive end stud and Malik Jackson might just fit that bill. While he isn't the top rated player at that position by any means, by the time the Dolphins will get to him it will be the third round and they will be lucky to get him if they do. At 6 feet 5 inches and weighing almost 285 pounds this beast shows quickness and smarts that could translate into a defensive starter in his first year with the team.
Round 3 (2nd pick): Brandon Brooks - OG Miami (Ohio)
Rated as the number four offensive guard by CBS Sports, Brandon Brooks might be the perfect player to fill the gap for the Miami Dolphins at right guard. Though he may not be around for long in the third round and might even go in the second, if he is still on the board when the Dolphins pick for a second time in round three they should snatch him up in a hurry. At 6 feet 5 inches and just a tick under 350 pounds he could be a potential starter in 2012 and help protect whoever lands the starting role at quarterback for the Dolphins.
Round 4 (or later): Tommy Streeter - WR Miami (FL)
While the Miami Dolphins may not have to use their fourth round pick on him, I do think they should look long and hard at Tommy Streeter with one of their later picks. Although he really only played one full season for the Miami Hurricanes he still turned in over 800 yards in that season and I personally saw him make some amazing grabs while attending some home games last season. He may not be catching the eyes of many, but I think Streeter has what it takes to be one of the "sleepers" in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Time for Change
The Miami Dolphins know change is needed in a big way. As a fan, so do I and I'm hopeful that with the eight picks they do have, they make the most of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal "Dolfan" and fan of the NFL since he was six years old when he met Dan Marino and several other Miami Dolphins players. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Dolphins games each season and enjoys writing about the NFL and the Miami Dolphins in particular.
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