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A mock draft of picks 1-13 by national media

For a few years now writers and columnists from the 32 NFL cities have been doing a live mock draft. The idea is to have folks with a solid finger on the pulse of their teams run through the exercise and see how the actual draft might go.

The first leg of that draft happened Sunday, as 13 selections were made. I made the selection for the Dolphins among the list of national media. (And I recognize you are now asking, 'Why did Salguero make the Miami pick if it's supposed to be done by someone with a good idea what the team will do?')

Folks, this isn't science. I made the pick for Miami, like it or not.

I am not predicting this will be Miami's pick.

The greater point is, judging from the picks made by folks ahead of the Dolphins, I would tell you the Dolphins will have quite a few talented players to pick from at No. 12 if the writers have any clue what their teams might do.

The exercise suggests that when Miami picks at No. 12 great talent will remain on the board for the Dolphins if they do not trade down. In this mock, Earl Thomas, Jimmy Clausen, Mike Iupati, Derrick Morgan, Dez Bryant, Sergio Kindle, and Dan Williams are all available to Miami at No. 12.

If that happens on draft day, I would tell you the Dolphins will try to bug out of No. 12. Clausen will have value to someone. Bryant may have value to someone. Thomas will have value to someone, as well as to Miami.

The Dolphins may be able to trade down and get back a second or third round pick. Of course, all this is speculation, an opportunity for you to disagree. It's a mock draft.

1: St. Louis Rams (By Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post Dispatch).

The skinny: After passing on Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan in the past two years, the Rams won't pass on Sam Bradford this year. Only what GM Billy Devaney calls a "king's ransom" of picks and players in a trade down will keep St. Louis from taking Bradford. After three subpar seasons, two-time Pro Bowler Marc Bulger was released, leaving only A.J. Feeley, and small-school projects Keith Null, and Mike Reilly on the roster at QB. The pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.

2: Detroit Lions (By Mike O'Hara, longtime Lions beat writer for Detroit News).

The skinny: The Leos have ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed for three straight years, and the interior defense has been especially soft. Ndamukong Suh can give them more than a run-stuffing tackle. He can get pressure up the middle on the quarterback, and his presence will free up players such as Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril to get single blocking to rush the passer. The pick: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska.

3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (By Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune).

The skinny: The Bucs finished last in rushing defense and their starting DTs were Ryan Sims and Chris Hovan. Enough said. It's hard to imagine the Bucs passing on either Suh or Gerald McCoy at No. 3. If both are gone, the Bucs will entertain offers to move down and perhaps land S Eric Berry. Other pressing needs are DE, WR, CB and G. Tampa Bay was strangely silent in the offseason for a 3-13 club, signing free agent S Sean Jones and trading for Eagles WR Reggie Brown. Second-year QB Josh Freeman desperately needs more weapons, but GM Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris are committed to rebuilding a once-proud defense and the D-line is in shambles. I believe they prefer Suh over McCoy, but they won't mind turning in a card with McCoy's name on it Thursday evening. The pick: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma.

4: Washington Redskins (By David Elfin, longtime beat writer for the Washington Times).

The skinny: If there was any doubt that the Redskins would use the No. 4 on a LT to replace Chris Samuels (who had to retire because of spinal issues), that was erased when they traded for Donovan McNabb to replace incumbent Jason Campbell. After a 4-12 season, their worst since 1994, the Redskins have plenty of needs (see above) not to mention unhappy DT Albert Haynesworth and LB Rocky McIntosh, who skipped this weekend's "voluntary" minicamp, but they are bereft at LT beyond the marginal Stephon Heyer, who started at RT last season. Washington hopes that Okung can be a carbon copy of Samuels, who made six Pro Bowls in 10 seasons after being chosen second overall in the 2000 draft. The pick: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State.

5: Kansas City Chiefs (By Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star).

The skinny: I would be lying if I said I had any idea what Scott Pioli is thinking other than I know it's something completely different than the rest of us (see Tyson Jackson). While they don't have a safety to line up and play a game, I'm not buying into the Eric Berry hype. Just too high a pick for a safety when the Chiefs can grab one with one of their two second-rounders. Of course, some say they can get an OT in the second round. I really think Pioli wants to trade down, pick up extra picks, take a Rolando McClain or an Earl Thomas later in the first round or one of the second-tier OTs. Short of predicting trades, I've been giving them Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga with the fifth pick in most mock drafts, though if Suh falls there, they'd have to grab him. They can play Bulaga at RT or move Branden Albert from LT to RT and plug in Bulaga at LT. He's a safe pick and fits their profile. The Chiefs allowed 45 sacks last season. Trent Williams' inconsistency and work ethic does not fit what Piioli calls The Right 53. The pick: OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa .

6: Seattle Seahawks (By Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times).

The skinny: General manager John Schneider is running his first draft, and in Green Bay he worked for a team that made a habit of trading down in the draft order to acquire more picks. Trading down will be a consideration at No. 14, but at No. 6, expect Seattle to take a left tackle. While Walter Jones has not officially retired, the Seahawks are planning as if he won't return. Seattle started four different players at left tackle last year, two of whom were not on the team's roster when training camp began (Brandon Frye and Damion McIntosh). Seattle held its first minicamp last week, which showed just how thin Seattle is along the offensive line. Both of the tackles on the second-string offensive line were tryout players. Seattle is high on safety Eric Berry, who played for Monte Kiffin last season at Tennessee. Kiffin remains a formative influence on new Seattle coach Pete Carroll, but the Seahawks' needs on offense are simply more urgent as Seattle hasn't chosen an offensive player in the first round since choosing center Chris Spencer in 2005. The pick: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma.

7: Cleveland Browns (By Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

The skinny: Forget a trade up with Rams. Forget taking Jimmy Clausen. Mike Holmgren's statement to me about wishing he liked Clausen more was not a smokescreen; he was being candid. Could he have been won over by now? Possibly, but Holmgren realizes the team has many more urgent needs. He paid Jake Delhomme $7 million for 2010 and thinks the world of backup Seneca Wallace. Odds are down to 50-50 that Holmgren even picks a QB, perhaps using two 3s to move into 2d for McCoy. Otherwise, he might wait till 5th ... I seriously doubt they would trade up with Kansas City to take Eric Berry. I just don't think they like Berry enough to give up a 3 for him. Like everyone else, they like to move down. Potential move-down possibilities are Penn State DE Jared Odrick (they love him and they've got nothing but over-30s at DEs) and OG Mike Iupati. If they stay at No. 7 and Berry's there, I'd say Berry. If he's not there, they may consider Odrick that high, but my best guess would be Texas S Earl Thomas (if Berry's not there). CB Joe Haden was eliminated when they traded for Sheldon Brown. Dez Bryant or C.J. Spiller? I think Bryant scares them (post-Braylon Edwards). Spiller is a glorified Jerome Harrison, who they already have. Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul? Neither are fits in the 3-4 and the Browns had more sacks (40) last year than 8 playoff teams, including God's gift to the NFL, the Jets. The pick: FS Eric Berry, Tennessee.

8: Oakland Raiders (By Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse)

The skinny: Al Davis is tempted – really tempted – to pick Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen here, since he is still on the board and even the owner seems to be losing patience with JaMarcus Russell. But can the Raiders afford another first-round quarterback mistake? No way. The team has four quarterbacks on the roster now (Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller) but has no legitimate left tackle to protect any of them. He may consider Oklahoma OT Trent Williams here and is intrigued by the potential of USF. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, but Davis won’t be able to forget what one of the Combine’s celebrated workout stars. The pick: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland.

9: Buffalo Bills (By Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News).

The skinny: The Bills' entire 2009 season was held hostage by the OT position. But the top three tackles are gone. Don't think they will reach for Anthony Davis here. I don't think they will go with Clausen even though you could make a good case for it. They're kind of stuck. Look for a surprise pick. They will go best player available. Possiblities include C.J. Spiller, Dan Williams and Rolando McClain. The pick: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson.

10: Jacksonville Jaguars (By Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union).

The skinny: What they want to do is trade down. They hope somebody will want to trade up for Clausen. They want more picks and don't think they'll get value at 10. Think they'll have to overpay. They would have liked one of the 3 OT tackles and could play Eban Britton at guard but they're gone. So is Spiller. Gene Smith is a best available guy. The pick: ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama.

11: Denver Broncos (By Jeff Legwold, Denver Post)

The skinny: If the Jags or anybody else indeed take McClain as this scenario had unfolded, they're going to be looking to get out and move down. They're looking wide receiver at the top of the second, though Josh McDaniels (some smokescreen) went on and on Friday about how Dez Bryant is not a bad guy. So that is a slight possibility here. However, they would love to move down a little, get a pick and take Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, who could start from the moment they draft him. So, that's who I would give them here with the caveat they would try to move down to do it. They do like Dan Williams as well as a guy to go in the rotation at the nose so he is a possibility as well. But Pouncey would be my pick with a move down to do it. The pick: C Markice Pouncey, Florida.

12: Miami Dolphins (By Mando, The Miami Herald).

The skinny: The Dolphins are in the market for extra picks. They want to recover the second-rounder they gave up for Brandon Marshall. Another reason they want to add picks is they currently have no proven starter at FS, SOLB, and LG. NT is also a problem because 36-year-old Jason Ferguson will serve an 8-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He won't be availabe until November, meaning Miami has issues at NT as well. If Miami cannot get out of the pick and add a second- or third-rounder in the process, it will look to fill one of its top needs. Bill Parcells is still looking for his new Lawrence Taylor. After carefully considering Earl Thomas (who's visited twice and worked out) and Dan Williams (who has the measurables at NT), the Dolphins go with the pass-rusher. The pick: OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech.

13: San Francisco 49'ers (by Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse).

The skinny: Offensive tackle (LT Joe Staley is very solid but RT Adam Snyder struggles in pass protection and is really a backup thrust into a starting role); cornerback (LCB Walt Harris is recovering from ACL surgery, big-money free agent bust Nate Clements was replaced in the starting lineup last season by ’07 fifth-round pick Tarell Brown and talented Shawntae Spencer is better as a nickel CB); outside linebacker (Niners need a hybrid pass rushing LB/end who can excel in both fronts); nose tackle; wide receiver. The 49'ers are thrilled to grab the top-rated CB in the draft, who excels in press coverage and should have an easier transition to the NFL than most college cornerbacks. Coach Mike Singletary isn’t worried about the knocks on Haden’s speed; he’s more impressed with Haden’s physical play against top SEC receivers. The pick: CB Joe Haden, Florida.

OK, the countdown is on before someone comments that my pick is wrong. 3-2-1...


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If Earl Thomas is the pick at #12,i would be very happy but there are reports that Parcells really likes Major Wright and probably will pick him in the 3rd if available.

Personally,i'd rather we pick McClain more so than anyone cus we could just put Dansby at OLB where he'd be just as effective

we should go with a nose tackle first if we can and if not the safety or OL , sign Jason to one more year get your linebacker next year







Dez isn' ¡t que viene al tonto de Miami!

I am a big fan of Graham from Michigan along with the Texas Safety. I just don't see the Georgia Tech OLB being that special, while those two guys are. We'll see.

Justin usted no es creible!

Graham es un extremo defensivo nada mas el can' ¡juego de t fuera de la defensa bastantes ya!

Pienso que esta entre Sergio, Morgan, y JPP cuando escogemos cualquiera seria una sorpresa a mi.


Look for Ireland to trade our 10 draft picks to the Rams for the number one pick so we can take Brian Bosworth. Shame he said he won't play for us...

Chad is the best Jones in this draft not Rashaud. Better athlete...more speed...taller....better cover guy at safety.

E. Thomas covers well but isn't the same size as Reed or Sanders. Both of those guys weigh more and also are much more physical. E. Thomas is very finese and probably the biggest arm tackler in this draft at the position. Scary!

We need a rb and another wr out of this draft also. Ricky and Ronnie are ancient and limited in the open field. If Spiller lands in Buffalo we will have headaches for years trying to chase down the 2010 version of Chris Johnson.

Those thinking B. Marshall alone will turn us in to a feared passing offense need to put the pipe down.Hartline...Bess....Camirillo are all slow possession wr's who struggle to get open and do zero after the catch. Far from dynamic in the passing game. You must have 2 good wr's on a contending team. We have one.

If Dez Bryant is on the board you take him, we can fill the holes in the defense in later rounds. But there is no way the Bronco's are going to pass on him if he is there

Why do posters not understand that we need a FS not a SS. Does any one understand the differece??? Who cares if a guy can hit back there....what we need is a free safety type that can cover and tackle if needed. He won't be in the box trying to light guys up. Even though however land E. Berry will get a guy that can do both.

I like Mando's pick: The pick: OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech. If he is another L.T.; we're going there first!

Hartline era en los diez superiores en yardas por la recepcion tan cuales son usted que habla?

Morgan no es ningi n sueno del LT tan encendido si el fuera el seria el primer jugador admitido este bosquejo

I don't really see Morgan being a top flight edge rusher in a 3-4. He's more a traditional DE.

That's why I don't like that pick. I don't even know if there's anyone available at OLB/DE that will be a D. Ware type of pass rusher.

That's why if we don't trade down to get in the 2nd round, we go with MY NAME IS EARL!!!

i think its JPP all the way.

Funny how everyone in the Top 10 wants to trade down. They really need to change the compensation of Top 10 Draft Picks.

But on the draft, if all those names mentioned were left, I'd go with Kindle (though I wouldn't be mad with Morgan or Thomas). Any of those 3 will be assets. If Spiller is still there, I wonder if they'd have to take him.

I disagree with Mark about Major Wright, he's not going to be a FS (our need position), they say he's more of a SS (can't back-pedal well). I say we draft OLB and NT and pick-up Otagwe on June 1.

My preference if the first picks shake out this way would be either Spiller or Bryant. Spoiled i guess through the Marino years, but I just think we are better served ramping up the offense. There are serviceable NT's availiable later and JT has some fuel left in the tank. Look at last super bowl - it's the way to win football games nowadays.

DC Dolfan,
Otagwe is a good option at FS as well. How many other teams are interested in him? As far as Sharper goes, who would you rather have and who is most likely to end up on our Defense if we go free agent at the the FS spot?

You may be on to something. I think gearing it up with a lot of weapons on offense might be the way to go.
I always say good teams draft best talent available while other teams draft reach for needs.

If Spiller or Dez are still available (and one will be there) they may be the best talent available at #12.

On defense, we Def. have to re-sign TAYLOR! And what we lack is game changing ability - we need more players who can contribute to turnovers, etc. The most key stat in football is turnovers. The Saints last year not only haf a lot of weapons on offense but they created turnovers and won games by thier defensive efforts to change outcomes.
Even our 11-5 playoff run, we didn't have super stars but we had one of the best (if not the best) turnover ratio in 2008

I'm OK with the pick as long as we make Darren Sharper a priority after the draft.

I want a DT in round 3 if Morgan is the pick in round one.

Major Wright can back pedal fine. He's a baller. And unlike Earl Thomas he's played FS before and roamed deep centerfield.

Jamillion, I'd rather have Otagwe (younger, always around the ball). Not that Sharper wouldn't work for one year. But you're on to something when you say other teams have him on their radar. I think it might be a fight. So, in that case Sharper might make more business sense, because if we don't draft a FS, we're in trouble if we don't get one of those guys (I don't think Clemons will be ready). If everything went as I'd want, we'd get Otagwe (then I think we'd be ready for a playoff run), with the addition of whomever we pick up in the Draft.

Derrick Morgan's gonna be really good ... as a 4-3 DE. He is not a 3-4 end. Too thick, too big. Not really sure how folks began lumping him in with the other hybrids.

what's the injury Sharper is coming off of? have to be careful with that considering his age. with each year it gets tougher to come back from injuries.

After carefully considering Earl Thomas ... and Dan Williams ... the Dolphins go with the pass-rusher. The pick: OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech.

Not to be a syntax nazi, but shouldn't this say "instead the Dolphins go with a pass-rusher"?

Agree Esteban...Major Wright should be our pick in the third. Good football player who will benefit from a good scheme

Lol at strunk ... Good point, though

This guy cant play outside back, did u guys watch him when he attempted to play that against the Miami Hurricane. Very talented pass rusher at this point.

Not to be an english teacher or anything and I don't mind the usual typo but the very first word? LOL. Just giving ya a hard time Mando. I appreciate the time you put in on your stuff.





Love the pick!!! Pass rusher has much more value than the other positions available.

I think I am the only one who thinks they need to draft Dez Bryant, that would be an unstoppable O with him, this would take care of the "problem" at TE also, Fasano will catch about 60 passes with those two and Bess lining up. That was the TE problem last year, stack 9 or 10 in the box, and the TE couldn't do anything. Draft Bryant and then use the rest of the picks on D.

This is what I would like to see happen, sign FA safety ( Otagwe, Sharper). Resign JT. Draft McClain with the first. The rest of the draft get an OLB, NT, S in no particular order. We gotta plug that Middle!

Ronnie on the way to the Lions
according to my source Gupta

Is it Thursday night yet?

Earl Thomas!!

Armando...your mock draft and your pick and your worthy to pick it...but...Morgan isn't and never will be like L.T. If stuck at 12, one has to take the best player at a position especially if that player is a need, that player can only be Earl Thomas. Neither Morgan or Williams played at the position that the Dolphins would need them to play...so they already have a large question mark against them. The safe and smart pick would have to be Thomas.

I am back from vacation and I missed alot of phin's activity while I was gone. For all those posters or should I say posers who are still on Dez Bryant bandwagon - Get over it. We do not need him now. It is obvious the Trifecta had serious reservations about him because they pulled the trigger for Marshall. With Marshall our WR corp is set, we must address the D side of the ball. We neet a NT but I am begining to think Dan Williams won't be there when we pick. We need a FS - not Taylor Mays who is more suited for SS. Mays can't cover to save his life. We saw that last year with the Gerbil. So I think we need to go DE or FS with our pick. If Earl Thomas is there I grab him, I would also be happy with B. Graham or Derrick Morgan. I know Morgan has the better measurables but I like Graham better, I think he is the better player. I am not huge fan of Kindle. I think he is another Joey Porter waiting to happen. He will rush the passer but won't play the run. Those are just my thoughts for what it is worth.

Where the JT has arrived from Costa Rica blog entry???? oh my I am sooooo worried about JT.

JT's is no longer the DIVA in town. LMAO

fishypete, Earl has never played FS either. All the guys mentioned will be learning new responsibilities.

I think trade down or go with Thomas he could be an instant starter - but my opinion counts as much as mando's - for squat

Honestly, I think it would be awesome if we selected CJ Spiller with are #12 pick. He has the potential to have the same sort of impact on the Dolphins that Chris Johnson has had on the Titans. He's explosive, durable, a gifted runner with excellent hands. He can also return kicks. This would open the door to trading Ronnie Brown (who has become a durability issue). It would also give us a second homerun hitter on offense (CJ & Marshall). That is, if CJ is even there at 12.

What do you think about a Ronnie trade to the Lions for thier 2nd rounder?

Get Spiller at #12 assuming he's there and at #34 it's almost like ahving to 1st round picks, we can get best defender available.

That's the only way a Ronnie trade makes sense, if not - we're losing a key weapon in Brown

Bills won't take Spiller at 9. I believe they will go OL, probably Davis. I think they are going to go with Lynch and Jackson for another year.

I think there will be a couple of teams that trade back (hopefully us). I'm fine with the Morgan pick (I've thought that will be there pick for awhile) but I think I'd be more comfortable with Kindle. I think this guy has only shown flashes of who he's going to become. He's still young and I think in the right program he's going to be a star. A lot of the so-called experts think he's going to be a better football player than Orakpo, who came out last year and had a nice year for the 'Skins. I would draft this guy and resign JT back to mentor him.

And for all you guys who are SO anxious to draft Earl Thomas, do some of you guys even watch football? While I like him, the knock on him is he's a poor tackler and he's not that big. He will wear down as time goes by. You guys are the same guys who roasted Wilson cause he couldn't tackle, so I think some of you need to re-think your position on him.

Jahvid Best at #34 would be better than Spiller at #12.

Derrick Morgan at 12. I think I was saying this way back in November or December. Taking the best pass rusher in the draft works for me. And people are making too much of this OLB/DE difference on the weak side for Miami. The WOLB IS a DE in this system. There are virtually no pass responsibilities for that position.

We go up against Brady twice, the jets pass offense twice, & still have guys like Manning, Roesthlisberger, Flacco, etc. in the AFC (thinking playoffs). We need a dominant pass rusher and we need a ball hawk at safety. So either Thomas, Morgan, or Kindle, whoever the Trifecta has pegged, will fill either of those 2 needs. We can't fill everything with that #12 pick.

I'm thinking based off everything we heard Mando is right - we draft a pass rusher with the #12 pick and a safety with our 3rd rounder.


Im sure the Phins would love to take an OLB, but are you sure Morgan projects as an OLB in the NFL? I have heard that is not such a sure thing.
I think they would love to trade down, but if you are forced to pick at this spot, I think the pick is either Kindle or Earl Thomas.

By the way, I think they shouldnt be bothered by not having a huge FS (Thomas has average size). The front 7 and SS (Bell) can do the tackling and let Thomas cover. They would have been a lot better off last year if they had a cover fee safety with range like Thomas than a physical guy like Gibril Wilson.

I agree it will be Derrick Morgan if Miami dosn't trade down but I'd prefer (My Name Is) Earl Thomas.

Actually Hirchman, your opinion counts less than Mando's. At least the trifecta read his opinions. Nobody reads your opinions.

So if Mando's opinion counts for squat, yours counts LESS than squat.


The problem with Wilson was he couldnt cover ANYBODY. He also couldnt tackle, but his biggest problem was that he was lost in coverage on every play. Thomas would have erased a lot of mistakes last year in the secondary. And, he is also 5"10, which isnt big for a FS but isnt small either.

Don't the Dolphins play Detroit this year? Don't you think this would make them think twice about sending Ronnie there?

Esteban, I read sources saying Best is still smarting from a concussion he got, and has a pulled muscle or something that's still irritating him. Since he's on the West Coast, I didn't get too much of a look at him (I'm an ACC-guy like most of us here, so I know Spiller more). What do you see about JB that's better than Spiller?

The Dolphins drafted CJ Spiller last year, and his name is Pat White. They dont have the luxury to take Spiller this year, b/c the defense has multiple gaping holes AND we dont even have a 2nd round pick anymore. No way they take Spiller and not draft a defensive player until the third round.

Big Slap, Big Ben will be no problem. All we do is have our youngest cheerleader slip him a note before the game telling him she'll be in the bathroom after the game (and likes it rough). He'll be so worked up thinking about it that he won't be able to concentrate on the game. Easy win Dolphins!!

Ronnie's headed to Detroit????

Trade down with eagles or some other team, pick Kindle in the 1st, with the second pick recieved from trading down pick up the best available NT, with 3rd pick you can look at a playor like FS Major Wright... This is a good deep draft if they play their cards right we should be good.

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