A six pack of draft notes, plus a couple of other items:
### Why does Mel Kiper advocate the Dolphins drafting Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker at 12?
He’s “the best run blocking right tackle to come out in years,” Kiper said. “Fluker is a much better pass blocker than people gave him credit for. A dominant run blocking right tackle who’s adequate at pass coverage and could be a little bit better than that – he deserves to be a top 15 pick. Miami at 12 would make an awful lot of sense.”
### Kiper said Miami also “could look defensive end” or “you could trade down off of 12.”
### Kiper said Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson “will not be there at 12” for Miami. “I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening.”
### For those advocating a cornerback at No. 12 for Miami, Kiper said he’s not even sure any cornerback other than Alabama’s Dee Milliner will be taken in the top 22 or so. Milliner is projected as a top-six pick. Kiper said Xavier Rhodes, Desmond Trufant or DJ Hayden could go next after Milliner, but perhaps not until the 20s.
### Kiper projects UM’s Mike James and Brandon McGee as late round picks. He rates James higher, though we’ve talked to scouts who rate McGee higher. Kiper projects one former Hurricane – Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown – for the second round. Too bad the former staff couldn’t get more out of Brown in his two years at Miami.
### If Miami waits until the third round or later to add a running back, Kiper names these options: “You could look at Giovanni Bernard in the third, you can look at Jonathan Franklin from UCLA in the third, Mike Gillislee from Florida in the fourth or fifth, Le'Veon Bell from Michigan State in the fourth or fifth. Christine Michael from Texas A&M. Same thing with Knile Davis from Arkansas, Miguel Maysonet from Stony Brook. There are a lot of backs in this draft.
“There's going to be some steals and some great finds in the late rounds, Joseph Randle at Oklahoma State, Montel Harris at Temple, Jawan Jamison at Rutgers, Kerwynn Williams at Utah State, George Winn at Cincinnati.”
### We'll have news on more Dolphins draft visits in Sunday's buzz.
### This was meaningful for the Heat, which plays the winner of the No. 4-5 series in round two: The Bulls lost and Atlanta won on Friday, putting the Hawks a half game ahead of Chicago for the No. 5 seed.
Atlanta has two games left: Tuesday at home against Toronto and Wednesday at the Knicks.
The Bulls have three: Sunday at the Heat, Monday at Orlando and Wednesday home against Washington.
Chicago would win a tiebreaker against Atlanta. So if the Bulls lose at the Heat Sunday, the Hawks would get the No. 5 seed if they and the Bulls both split their final two games.
The Nets are entrenched at No. 4. Miami would prefer to face Brooklyn or Atlanta after presumably dumping Milwaukee in Round 1. The Heat was 7-0 combined against the Nets and Hawks this season.
### The Heat was a game-high plus 19 with Rashard Lewis on the court against Boston tonight, which was notable because Lewis has by far the team’s worst plus/minus (minus 69).
### The Heat was 16 for 19 in the second quarter – their best shooting quarter since 2007.
### Amazing: Former Marlins catcher John Buck, now with the Mets, has more RBI this season (19) than the Marlins’ run total through 10 games (17).
### FYI: I’m finally on Twitter at @flasportsbuzz.