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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft:# 12 Miami

Miami sure has been busy this off season. With a few big name signings over the last few weeks, including WR Brandon Marshall, things are tighter in the AFC East, a division featuring the retooled NY Jets and the ever dangerous New England Patriots. With the 12th pick, the Dolphins have to address some needs and add depth to an already strong team.

And with the twelfth pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select..

DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU

At first, I was a bit skeptical about this pick, but the more I look into it. the more it makes sense. With the departure of Jason Taylor to the Jets, it all comes into focus.

Brant Houghton of DolphinsGab offers his reasoning in selecting Hughes and also scouts the TCU product

With both Derrick Morgan, and Earl Thomas gone by the time the Dolphins are on the clock, while it is very likely that they will trade down if this scenario were to occur, I believe that if they were to stay at #12, while it may be a bit of a reach, the Trifecta would pull the trigger on the selection of Jerry Hughes, from TCU. Hughes is the best all around outside linebacker in the draft. He can rush the passer with absurd consistency, and can drop back into coverage when needed. He is also exceptionally well against the run. I do not see any other outside linebacker that is as polished in every single important stat category than Hughes at this point in the draft.

Devon Heinen of SeahawksGab agrees..

With the glaring hole of wide receiver filled thanks to the addition of Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins turn to the defensive side of the ball with the selection of Hughes. An All-America and Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, Hughes is fast off the edge with 40 times in the upper 4.5’s and the low 4.6’s. Some N.F.L. personnel executives believe Hughes could make the switch to linebacker at the pro level.

Let’s see where we’re at..

12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On the clock…the San Francisco 49ers.

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