2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Picks Edition: No. 12 - Miami Dolphins
At the end of the 2009 season, the Miami Dolphins did some self evaluation -- just like every team does -- and found the four to five main areas of need on the roster. Instead of waiting around for the draft, they signed Pro Bowl linebacker Karlos Dansby. Doing so allowed them to take their focus away from an inside linebacker in the draft and focus on four other areas; wide receiver, defensive tackle, outside linebacker and safety.
The Dolphins still have need for a wide receiver, even though they took Ted Ginn, Jr. in the first round of the 2007 draft. They're looking for a playmaker and the top receiver in the draft could be available at the 12th pick. However, since Ginn hasn't panned out exactly as the team has hoped, will they be reluctant to grab another receiver?
Another huge hole is in the interior portion of the defensive line. The Dolphins need a nose tackle, and while Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy are long gone by this pick, there still are solid picks from which Miami can choose from.
As many of the Dolphins outside linebackers are either role players or near the end of their careers, Miami could go this route in the draft. There is also uncertainty surrounding Jason Taylor, who is still testing the free agent waters. If he chooses to play elsewhere, the Dolphins will have to find some way to bolster the linebacker corps.
Previous Pick: Denver -- Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama; Next Up: San Francisco (Monday, April 12, 9 AM ET)
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Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee: Many scouts feel that Williams isn't far off from Suh and McCoy, when speaking of draft grades at defensive tackle, and Williams is a heavier line-clogging commodity. Williams is an excellent combination of strength, athleticism and size wrapped in a package that is built perfectly to anchor effectively against the run. Draft pundits feel that Williams may be off of the board before this pick, but since the fans here at FanHouse haven't drafted him yet, the Dolphins would truly consider it.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF: The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Pierre-Paul is a raw talent, having only one season of Division-I football under his belt. But, he's one of the best pass rushers in this draft and his upside is almost limitless. The fact that 's he's a physical specimen who's being compared to Javon Kearse should excite any team looking for an edge rusher.
Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan: Graham had a great Senior Bowl, being named defensive MVP. He is also coming off of back-to-back monster seasons at Michigan where he registered 20.5 sacks. Graham looks to be a complete package with elite edge rushing skills and the ability and speed to pursue and tackle.
Earl Thomas, S, Texas: The Dolphins seem enamored by Earl Thomas, who they are meeting with for a third time. Since the team released Gibril Wilson they have a starting free safety position up for grabs, and also have some depth issues at safety. He truly impressed at the combine and his pro day running a 4.37 40-yard dash, and he has the ball hawking skills and intelligence to step in and produce instantly.