2012 Miami Dolphins’ 2012 NFL Draft Analysis

1st Round (#8) QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A & M

2nd Round (#42) OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford

3rd Round (#72) DE Olivier Vernon, Miami

3rd Round (#78) TE Michael Egnew, Missouri

4th Round (#97) RB Lamar Miller, Miami

5th Round (#155) LB Josh Kaddu, Oregon

6th Round (#183) WR B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State

7th Round (#215) DT Kheeston Randle, Texas

7th Round (#227) WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada

Analysis of Notable Selections:

Ryan Tannehill: The former Texas A & M signal-caller clearly was the 3rd best quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft. Miami had to have Tannehill because Matt Moore and David Garrard are nothing more than serviceable backups. Tannehill has a good skill-set and he is a hard worker. His performance at critical times against good opponents left something to be desired. Ideally, Tannehill belonged late in the 1st round or at the top of the 2nd. However, he was never going to last that long and the Dolphins made the right choice in grabbing him. Miami at least has a talented young quarterback to develop and he gives the franchise hope. The team needs to surround him with talent and hope that with experience his play when it counts most improves.

Jonathan Martin: Marc Colombo is as tough as they come, but his body sustained too many injuries and he called it a career after the 2011 season. Miami had a huge hole at right tackle to fill and Jonathan Martin is an excellent candidate to fill it. Martin played left tackle at Stanford, but he projects better in the NFL at right tackle (not to mention he is not going to beat out Jake Long at left tackle). Martin is a solid run blocker, but could struggle handling quick NFL pass rushers. He is a dedicated and smart player who should with experience and technique work develop into a solid right tackle for the Dolphins.

Olivier Vernon: Jason Taylor retired and Miami is in need of a pass rusher to complement Cameron Wake. Vernon missed half of his true junior season after being suspended for taking improper benefits. The former Hurricane had mediocre production in college and his work ethic and maturity are less than ideal. Vernon fits Miami’s defense as far as being able to play defensive end or outside linebacker. He is very raw drafting services as far as technique and has relied upon decent quickness and strength to make some plays. His questionable work ethic, motor and maturity make this selection a questionable one. The Dolphins passed on Jake Bequette who could have filled the defensive end/outside linebacker role that they sought. It will be particularly interesting to compare the careers of Vernon and Bequette because they went to division rivals Miami and New England.

Michael Egnew: Anthony Fasano is a solid tight end, but he lacks speed. Egnew is not going to be able to block as an in-line tight end. He lacks the strength and toughness to be effective blocking NFL linebackers and defensive ends as a tight end. Miami hopes to use him really as a big receiver who can stretch the seam. Egnew is a finesse player who has good straight-line speed and hands. The question is does he have the quickness to get open on a consistent basis? Every NFL team would like to have an Aaron Hernandez-like H-back catching passes for them and keeping drives alive. However, most H-backs do not have Hernandez’s quickness, route-running skills and ability to gain yards after making the reception. Egnew did not slip or break many tackles in college. He may prove to be a mediocre pass catching tight end in Miami’s offense. Egnew also should be compared to fellow star Missouri tight end, Chase Coffman. Egnew has more speed than Chase Coffman, but Cincinnati’s 3rd round pick in the 2009 NFL draft did little in pro football. Coffman had a prolific career at Missour