As week 16 is about to begin, Dolphins fans can’t help to look ahead to April with a 5-9 record. After a 0-7 start draft talk has dominated the minds of Dolphins fans across the nation. Since we can’t talk playoff scenarios in Miami, I guess it’s time for some potential draft day scenarios.With 3 elite QB prospects in the draft, it would appear there is a good chance that this is the year the Dolphins will finally draft a 1st round QB.
Assuming the Dolphins lose out (@ Pats, vs. Jets) the Dolphins will finish with a 5-11 record putting them in the top 8 at the very worst of the NFL draft. It is never smart to assume wins or loses on an NFL schedule but here is some speculation of where the Dolphins may end up selecting next year’s draft.
1) Indianapolis Colts ( 2- 16)- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
While many are beginning to talk how it is possible the Colts will play themselves out of Andrew Luck, I see them falling just short of doing so. While they have two winnable games (Hous, @ Jags) I only believe they will be able to pull out one victory of the two.
2) Minnesota Vikings (2-16) : - Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Falling just short of the 1st pick overall due to SOS (strength of schedule), the Vikings will take a sure thing in left tackle Matt Kalil.
3) St Louis Rams ( 2-16) - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
St Louis will be in tough against the Vikings for the 2nd overall pick because they most likely want Kalil too but Claiborne here makes plenty of sense too
4) Cleveland Browns ( 4- 12) Matt Barkley, QB, USC
To the dismay of the Dolphins fans, I expect the second QB of the draft to go off the board at pick number 4. With games against Baltimore and Pitt it seems almost a 100% inevitability the Browns finish at 4-12. Barkley probably fits with the Browns better but they could go with RG3.
5) Jacksonville Jaguars: (4-12) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Dolphin’s fans better hope Blackmon is still on the board when the Jags are drafting so they aren’t tempted to with RG3. With games against the Colts and Titans, I am only predicting one win but two would be possible placing them behind the Phins.
6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
I don’t think the Bucs win another game and therefore take Ronde Barber’s replacement.
7) Miami Dolphins : (5-11) Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
If the Dolphins lose out, they would probably still have a strong shot at RG3. Washington still has the Vikings on their schedule and I think Carolina will beat Tampa Bay both scenarios see the Dolphins moving up in the draft.
Maybe I am biased but I still think there is a strong possibility of the Dolphins getting RG3 or Barkley.