It is time to get dialed into the 2013
As the draft approached the Sun-Sentinel will keep you updated on what we suspect the
There are tons of options available to General Manager
But we all know that's not true, especially when you consider how predictable Ireland's conservative approach has been during his tenure as Miami's top executive.
Here is a breakdown of the players I view as the Favorite Five to be Ireland's selections in the first round. In this breakdown we explain why the player fits what Miami is building, and why the pick might not be him.
1. Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson
The player: He's a top 10 talent, a forceful and physical offensive tackle who is light on his feet, and heavy with his jab step. He's only played one season at left tackle but was dominant in the Senior Bowl when facing this draft's top pass rushers.
Why he fits: He's tall (6-foot-6), lean (302 pounds) and athletic, which is exactly what the Dolphins are looking for in this zone blocking scheme. With
Why he won't be: The way this draft is shaping up the three top offensive tackles - Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Johnson - will be the most indemand players of this entire draft. The odds of all three slipping past Arizona (pick No. 7) and San Diego (No. 11) is unrealistic, and the Dolphins would have to move up to get one. Is Johnson really worth giving up one of the team's two second round picks?
The player: He's a 6-foot-1, long armed, athletic cornerback that already calls South Florida home. He excels in press coverage. He's a three-year starter for the Seminoles, who has contributed 140 tackles, eight interceptions and forced three fumbles.
Why he fits: He has the size and length needed to contend with the
Why he won't be: This former receiver needs work on his technique, and his zone coverage isn't stellar. He also needs to prove he can stay healthy, especially considering the NFL presents a more physical game than what he faced in the
The player: This 23-year-old personifies the type of guard a zone blocking scheme needs. He's a superb puller, who often gets to the second level, and can typically be found on his feet.
Why he fits: He's fun to watch, a svelte 290-pounds, and fits one of the team's biggest needs. Put him next to center
Why he won't be: Offensive guard isn't a premiere position, and even though Cooper and Alabama's Chance Warmack are both first-round talents, picking a guard in the top 15 would be taboo. David Decastro, who was last year's top offensive guard, wasn't selected till Pittsburgh took him with the 24th pick.
The player: The Fighting Irish have a long standing history of producing quality NFL tight ends, and Eifert might be the best of the accomplished bunch. Eifert has started 34 games for Notre Dame, catching 140 passes for 1,840 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns.
Why he fits: Eifert has a solid frame (6-foot-5, 255 pounds), a tremendous catching radius, and has shown that he's a decent blocker in 2012. The Dolphins only signed
Why he won't be: Only three tight ends -
The player: Austin was the most explosive player in college football last season. He's an elusive open-field runner, who split time at tailback and receiver to produce 29 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Mountaineers. He's caught 215 passes for 2,475 yards the past two seasons.
Why he fits: Despite his troublesome lack of size (5-foot-8, 173 pounds) Austin is the type of player you build an offense around. He's the type of
Why he won't be: He's a gimmick of an offensive player, one who would need plays drawn up for him. What happens to the offense when he's not available? Austin is not a refined route runner, and would be a non-factor as a blocker if used in the backfield. There's also concern that a team would have to limit his touches because of the physical nature of the NFL. He's 25-pounds lighter than Harvin. The Dolphins already have solid slot receiver in
So....after seeing the players I view as the Favorite Five for a Ireland pick which one would you pull the trigger on in the first round, and why?