Tannehill will be the Dolphins pick, according to expert mock drafts

The Miami Dolphins are now 3 weeks away from being on the clock in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Every website, every blog, every NFL fan seems to have a mock draft nowadays.  Yes, we’ll have one too, next week!  Everyone has an opinion on what the Dolphins should do with the #8 pick in the draft.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to give an opinion when we don’t know which players will be on the board when the Dolphins are on the clock.

We read a lot of mock drafts this time of year….probably more than we should.  When looking at mocks, it’s important to remember who is writing it.  Warning: take our Dolphins mock draft next week with a grain of salt!  However, when you look at the ‘experts’, you can get a sense of which player(s) that might make the most sense for the Dolphins.  Below are 4 mock drafts from 4 reputable NFL writers….They all seem to agree that the Dolphins will select Ryan Tannehill, filling their need at QB for many years to come.

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Brandon Weeden could be a special player for the Dolphins

A lot of draft talk surrounding the Miami Dolphins has focused on Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M.  Tannehill has rocketed up draft boards in recent months.  He’s now viewed as the next best quarterback behind Andrew Luck and RG3.  The Dolphins have shown obvious interest in Tannehill, as we wrote about yesterday.  But, what if another team drafts Tannehill before the Dolphins are on the clock?  I highly doubt that Jeff Ireland will move up from the #8 spot to ensure that he gets Tannehill, the Dolphins just have too many needs in this draft……but you never know!

If Tannehill is drafted by the Browns, or even a team that likes him enough to move ahead of the Dolphins in the draft, what will the Dolphins do?  The Dolphins could use the #8 pick for the best available player (Coples, Ingram, Floyd, etc) or they could look to trade back in the first round and acquire additional draft picks.   Whichever strategy the Dolphins choose to implement, they’ll still need to find a QB to develop for the future.  I’ve made no secret in saying that I’d be VERY happy if Brandon Weeden is that QB.  Whether it’s trading down to later in the first round and drafting Weeden there, or taking a Quinton Coples at #8 and hoping Weeden is there in the 2nd round; Weeden has the ability to be a special player with the Dolphins.

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First look at Miami Dolphins new uniforms (Hint: they look familiar)

Well, the old Reebok uniforms weren’t working out so well for the Miami Dolphins. Maybe the new Nike uniforms will bring about a change to the Dolphins luck!   On Monday, Nike unveiled the new uniforms for all 32 NFL teams.  Nike is now the official sponsor for NFL apparel (jerseys, uniforms, etc.), replace Reebok, which had been the official sponsor for years.  Nike wanted to make a splash and it did so by building the anticipation for the uniform release today.

Most teams, including the Dolphins, have a very similar look to previous years, as you can see from the above picture.  By the way, who the hell is #12 for the Dolphins?  Others have a new, more modernized look, like the Seattle Seahawks.  Check out the Seahawks new helmet….looks kind of like tire tread doesn’t it?

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Dolphins “love them some Ryan Tannehill”

It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins are looking long and hard at Ryan Tannehill, quarterback from Texas A&M.  And why shouldn’t they?  After all, the Dolphins are clearly still look for their franchise quarterback…..Tannehill played for Dolphins offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman at Texas A&M…..and Tannehill should…I mean, could be there for the taking when the Dolphins select #8 in the Draft in 3 weeks.

Peter King of CNNSI.com confirmed the Dolphins ‘love’ for Tannehill in his Monday Morning Quarterback article.  The Dolphins obviously know a lot about Tannehill, thanks to Mike Sherman’s familiarity with him.  But, they’re going even further to get to know him.  A Dolphins contingent, including Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin, attended Tannehill’s pro day last week.  They met with Tannehill for dinner the night before his pro day.  Heck, they even met with Tannehill after his pro day workout to discuss offensive philosophies by having him draw up what he learned on a white board!

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Dolphins in contract talks with Long, Wake, and Hartline

The Miami Dolphins may not be making a lot of news right now, but rest assured they are staying busy.  Right now, the Dolphins are talking to free agents from other teams, talking to current players about extensions, and scouting players for the NFL draft hat is just 3 and a half weeks away.  Why are they so busy?  Frankly, the Dolphins roster right now, is not better than the one that went 6-10 last season.  There MUST be more upgrades coming via free agency and the draft.

We are now about 3 weeks into free agency and most of the flashy names are off the board.  As such, the Dolphins are looking for some, let’s call them second tier , free agents.  Jake Scott, the offensive guard from the Titans we told you about last week?  His camp is still in contract talks with the Dolphins.  There seems to be an awful lot of negotiating, but no deal is done yet.  I’d expect the Dolphins to sign Scott within the next few days.  The Dolphins lost out on Phillip Wheeler, who signed with the Raiders last week. Lost out might not be the right word, but he Wheeler did visit with the Dolphins and even tweeted that he thought he’d be coming to Miami.  Apparently not.  to be fair though, we do not know how interested the Dolphins actually were.  This morning, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, tweeted that the Dolphins were bringing in former Redskins linebacker, Rocky Mcintosh for a look.

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Mock Draft: Dolphins are on the clock, who should they take?

The Miami Dolphins have left themselves quite a lot of work to do in the NFL Draft next month.  Free agency is winding down and the Dolphins still have needs on the right side of the offensive line, at defensive end (pass rusher), at wide receiver (2?), at safety, and yes, at quarterback.  The Dolphins can still fill a hole or two by signing a veteran (Jake Scott, Phillip Wheeler, others).  They could also hold out hope that a veteran or two, an acorn if you will, could become available later this offseason as teams trim their rosters.  We’ll know sooner or later.

For today, though, we want to focus on the draft.  The Dolphins have a top 10 pick for the first time since they had # 1 overall in 2008, when they drafted Jake Long.  Like most years, everyone has an opinion on what the Dolphins should do with the #8 selection.  Should they take Ryan Tannehill, who some believe can be a franchise QB?  Should they take a supposed ‘elite’ pass rusher, like Quinton Coples?  Or should they invest another draft pick in the offensive line by drafting a Cordy Glenn or David DeCastro?  That last question probably made you throw your phone or computer onto the floor.

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Is Ryan Tannehill worth the #8 pick for the Dolphins?

Miami Dolphins fans have been waiting…um, impatiently, for the Dolphins to find a franchise quarterback.  Will 2012 finally be the year?  Will Ryan Tannehill be that franchise quarterback?  After all, the Dolphins haven’t used a first round pick on a quarterback since the golden arm himself, Dan Marino (We miss you Dan!).  The Dolphins currently have 2 viable starting QB options on their roster in David Garrard and Matt Moore.  Tannehill, who possesses all of the tools to be an effective NFL QB, will need time to develop.

From everything I’ve read, Ryan Tannehill is graded by most ‘experts’ as a 2nd round draft pick.  However, due to the emphasis on the quarterback position in the NFL, his stock seems to be skyrocketing into the first round….perhaps even the top 10.  With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin 3rd most likely coming off the board at 1-2 respectively, the next best quarterback will be pushed up to a team that needs a quarterback…..and that team could be the Miami Dolphins.

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Dolphins close to signing Jake Scott and Phillip Wheeler?

Yesterday, we told you that the Miami Dolphins brought in OG Jake Scott and LB Phillip Wheeler.  Today, wanted to let you know that the Dolphins are in negotiations with both players.  It appears, barring a snag, that the Dolphins could sign both players by today or tomorrow.

When asked by a fan if he would be back with the Colts in 2012, Wheeler tweeted“I wish man. I Think I’m taking my talents to South Beach lol. Not sure yet though.”  So one would have to assume that he’s interested in becoming a Miami Dolphin, if the money works out.  Wheeler was impressive in his college days and fits the mold of a pass rushing specialist.  His signing would probably more about depth, but given the amount the Dolphins rotate personnel on defense, he could be a solid contributor.

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Dolphins host OG Jake Scott and LB Phillip Wheeler

Over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins brought in 2 free agents for a visit.  The Dolphins welcomed Jake Scott and Phillip Wheeler to Davie to kick the tires on these second-tier free agents. Maybe, just maybe, the Dolphins aren’t done adding pieces to the roster before the draft.

Jake Scott, formally of the Tennessee Titans, is a 6’5″ 295 lb. offensive guard.  Scott started 121 of 124 games during his time in Tennessee.  Scott is an athletic lineman, which makes sense considering the offense Joe Philbin wants to install.  According to the Sun Sentinel, Scott was ranked as the 7th best offensive guard in 2011, allowing just 2 sacks and committing just 3 penalties.  Scott, if signed, would likely replace Vernon Carey at the right guard position for the Dolphins.  Carey was not resigned by the Dolphins and still remains a free agent.

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What can the Dolphins expect from Garrard?

When the Miami Dolphins sign David Garrard earlier this week, it was met with a lot of questions.  Since the signing, we heard from Garrard and from Jeff Ireland.  According to both men, the Dolphins will have an open QB competition in training camp between Garrard and Matt Moore.  Honestly, I feel like someone is messing with me.  Doesn’t it seem like the Dolphins are always entering camp with a QB competition for the starter’s job?  Last year, the Dolphins sign Matt Moore who was signed to backup Chad Henne.  Some suggest he didn’t have a legit shot in the competition with Henne, but we saw Moore’s value after he was forced to take over the starting role.  Moore guided the Dolphins to a 6-3 record.  Moore has dodged bullets this offseason, with the Dolphins missing on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn.  Either would have been named the Dolphins new starter upon signing with the team.

Since the Dolphins were unable to bring in a clear upgrade to Matt Moore, they turned their attention to a guy who didn’t play in 2011 and is returning from an injured back.  Garrard’s contract will pay him just over $3 mil for 1 season.  He’s a low-risk, medium reward type signing.  I can’t say high reward, because Garrard does not have high reward potential.  This is not meant to diminish the value Garrard can bring.  He either beats out Matt Moore for the starting job, or he gives the Dolphins the best backup QB option in the division (except for maybe the Jets, I’M KIDDING!).

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