... And the BTB Community Mock rolls on! The Miami Dolphins are now on the clock with the 15th selection in the 2011 draft. We've been temporarily replacing current GMs with our BTB representatives. This time, BTB authorizes a permanent switch from Jeff Ireland, due to last year's embarrassing line of questioning he posed to Dez Bryant. Now that we have someone who understands that you have to respect your players as men, Miami has hope for a bright future. Let's head to the podium and see who the Fins select.
Selection: (RB) Mark Ingram, Alabama
Why the pick:
With the 15th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama. While Miami has several needs on the offensive side of the ball and since we've seen 3 QB's go in the first 12 selections Miami must have a BPA approach. Keeping in mind that Miami traded away their 2nd and 3rd round picks to acquire Brandon Marshall and that both Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams will both be FA's this was clearly the best possible choice.
While I did entertain selecting Pouncey who is clearly the top interior lineman and Watts because I really feel like he is a top 10 pick, Miami dropped to 30th in rushing in 2010 and only found the end zone 8 times and drafting Ingram here would allow Miami to move forward from the Brown-Williams backfield pretty smoothly and without a big drop in production. And while there is some recent concern about Ingram's knee and Ingram's 2010 year at Alabama showed a little bit of a drop in production from the Heisman campaign of is 2009 season he still finished pretty strong and still managed 5.5 yards per carry and 13 TDs against the traditionally tough SEC defenses.
Follow the jump for analysis of the pick.
(AP Photo/John Raoux)
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com:
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): Feature Wide Receiver, Posession Wide Receiver, 4-3 Defensive Tackle, 4-3 Outside LB, Free Safety, Cornerback
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): 4-3 Defensive End, Strong Safety, Feature Running Back, Guard, Center
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): COP Running Back, Right Tackle, Left Tackle
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): Quarterback, Slot Wide Receiver, Tight End, Middle LB
-- Drafttek.com ranked #19 Overall, #1 at the position
-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #7 Overall, #1 at the position
Impression: He's one of the most natural runners I've seen in years and looks like an impact-caliber guy ready to carry the load at the next level from day one and mature into one of the better backs in the NFL.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #12 overall, #1 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #17 overall, #1 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #16 overall, #1 at the position
This is one of the angriest runners I've ever seen. He's a three-down back. This is a kid who can play 16 games and want to play more. He can pass protect, catch the football, and has tremendous balance and vision.
Inside running: Possesses the deal frame for running between the tackles. Quickly presses the line of scrimmage and has the burst to get to and through the hole. Keeps his shoulders squared to the line and runs hard with a low center of gravity. His feet churn through contact and allow him to play bigger on short-yardage runs. Good awareness of the first-down marker. Has the leg drive and forward lean to finish runs falling forward. Instinctive runner with a good feel for when to bounce off blocks and set up cutback lanes. Can plant and drive to capitalize on a crease. Good vision and acceleration to get into the secondary. Does not possess elite stopwatch speed, but has enough to break free for long gains. Excellent ball security -- two fumbles in his career.
Outside running: Possesses good but not great speed to get to the edge. Best attributes as an outside runner are his vision to identify opening holes and the burst and power he shows coming out of decisive cuts. Doesn't waste time running laterally unless he sees he has the corner. Can make defenders miss in tight quarters with good lateral agility, but isn't a dancer.
Breaking tackles: Surprisingly powerful runner with a low center of gravity. He keeps his legs churning through contact. Won't wow with his ability to run over defenders, but is tough to bring down. Defenders have a hard time lining up a clean shot on him despite his broad frame and he shows good shiftiness when cornered. Capable of absorbing or delivering a big hit and maintaining his balance. Defenders have to wrap him up.
Blocking: Cognizant pass blocker. Is willing to take on the hard-charging defender and shows good effort and physicality to gain a stalemate. When trying to cut defenders he often gets too low, allowing defenders to easily leap over him.Receiving: Reliable receiver out of the backfield with soft hands and good flexibility to extend and pluck the ball. Secures the ball quickly. Good vision for the screen game and he has the patience to set up blocks, rather than run past them
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|
|5||Arizona||(5-11)||howboutdemcowboyz||QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT||Cam Newton|
|6||Cleveland||(5-11)||BlueEyedDevil||4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB||Robert Quinn|
|7||San Francisco||(6-10)||regaberto||3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB||Von Miller|
|8||Tennesee||(6-10)||accidentalinnuendo||QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB||Da'Quan Bowers|
|9||Dallas||(6-10)||ChiaCrack||ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB||Tyron Smith|
|10||Washington||(6-10)||Creasy729||QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Blaine Gabbert|
|11||Houston||(6-10)||I am Ironman!||3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Prince Amukamara|
|12||Minnesota||(6-10)||KJDH2154||QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,||Jake Locker|
|13||Detroit||(6-10)||DIRE WOLF||CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR||Anthony Castonzo|
|14||St. Louis||(7-9)||Squishmytomato||WR, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS||Julio Jones|
|15||Miami||(7-9)||iCoach||QB, 3-4 OLB, SS, OC, OG, 3-4 MLB, RB, WR||Mark Ingram|
Up next on the clock, the Jacksonville Jaguars and assigned GM gogokroz.