With most positions being as deep as they are, there looks to be many high value picks available in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Any team with 2 or more picks in the second round have a chance to immediately upgrade their roster and add a potiential starter for the next year. The Miami Dolphins only have one pick in the 2nd, but have the resources and player depth to obtain maybe another late 2nd round pick. With QB likely to be addressed in the first round, there are many different paths you can go down in this round. Right Tackle, Free Safety, Right Guard and,Tight End are a few that come to mind. Here is a look at a few prospects projected to go in the 2nd round that might fill some of the Dolphins needs.
Dwayne Allen - TE - Clemson
As the college football season comes to a close, Allen is moving further and further up alot of people's draft boards. He is an excelent athlete at 6'4" 255 lbs. and runs the field very well. He is a seam monster and can create some mismatches at the next level against linebackers with his quickness and great hands. He run blocks very well and has very good feet. If he can put up some good numbers at the combine, I expect Allen to move up into the back end of the first round by time the draft rolls around.
2011 - Stats
46 Rec. 545 Yards 6 TDs
6-6 321 lbs.
Datko is a little bit of an odd looking athlete in my opinion. He is 321 lbs., but certainly doesn't look like it (not sure if that is good or bad). He can definently make an impact right away as a rookie in the NFL. He has very good feet and a very good base while run blocking. He is also a very good pass blocker and has done a very good job handling good pass rush in the ACC. He is a very diciplined player and is rarely penalized. Overall, a solid prospect. Won't be an anchor for an NFL offensive line, but definently will be a soild starter well throughout his career.
Mike Adams - OT - Ohio State
Once regarded as a first round pick, Mike has fallen off of many people's radar because of the sanctions that took place at Ohio State causing him to miss the first five games of his senior year. As a player, Mike is a very talented blocker. Has good feet for his size. Very good lead blocker in the open field and on toss/sweep plays. Very strong and stays low during contact making him very hard to overpower. Mike struggled with injuries in the beginning of his college career (shoulder injury freshman year, knee injury sophmore year) but as a junior received All Big Ten honors in his first complete season.
Nick Foles - QB - Arizona
I already know what you're thinking. "NO QB'S IN THE SECOND ROUND!!!!!!!" Well, we can't just throw the possibilty of taking a QB in the second round out because Ireland has done it before. That said, another prospect that is projected to go in the second round is Arizona's Nick Foles. Foles fits the mold of a prototypical NFL QB. 6'4 or 6'5, 225+, Strong arm. He is pretty consistent with accuracy on short an intermediate routes. I haven't really seen him throw the ball downfield much in Arizona's offense which is kind of weird since they run the spread. One thing that stands out about Foles is that for his size, he actually has pretty good footwork. He rarely throws the ball off of his back foot and shows excellent balance and awareness in the pocket. Of course at 240 lbs. Foles isn't the quickest of QB's but knows how to step up in the pocket to avoid that extra rusher. Foles does struggle with accuracy on screen plays as he tends to overthrow RB's in the flats. Needs to improve overall touch on some throws, but can zip it when you need him to.
Stats - 2011
387-560 69% Comp. Rate 4,334 Yards 28 TDs 14 INTs