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The Silver And Black Pride Mock Draft Begins:

First off, I'd like to thank those of you who have volunteered to join me in this experiment.

Here is how it will work.

When you are on the clock, make your pick. Your pick should contain WHY this player is being chosen and also anything else that you think about the team's needs and propensity to trade the pick.

The readers of this site as well as the other participants will grade the pick and also give opinions on who should be drafted there.

Since RaiderTC has turned into a ghost, I'll make the first pick and get us off and running.

1)

Miami finds itself with MANY needs and could easily take ANY ONE of the Top 3 talents in this draft (Gholston, Long or Long), but the chance to land a FRANCHISE QB only comes around every once in a while.

They rolled the dice and passed on Brady Quinn in favor of a John Beck and Ted Ginn Jr. tandem last year and I just don't see how they would pass on Matt Ryan this year.

He has all of the tools to be a great NFL QB and with Josh "The NFL QB Groomer" McCown already signed, he can be eased into the starting role, ala, JaMarcus Russell last season.

The Dolphins are already on record as being more than 100% willing to trade the pick, but most of the action will come for Darren McFadden who could still be traded for from #3 on down.

I expect the Dolphins to keep the pick and they SHOULD draft Matt Ryan and let him sit for a year while McCown and Beck take a beating.

Once again, when you have the #1 pick and there is a potential franchise QB out there, you have to take him...Period.

If you want to gamble AGAIN and hope that Brohm makes it to the Top of the 2nd, then you'd take Jake Long here and Brohm in #2. I'm not much of a gambler when it comes to the draft and in a draft this deep, gambling makes ZERO sense. There will be a solid OT/DT/DE or WR sitting atop the 2nd round. In fact, that is a pick that I can see Miami moving for more picks.

Miami is doing a good job in free agency of adding role players that will instantly make their special teams better and this draft is a great draft for a team that needs to build from the ground up.

Getting their QB will allow the rest of the puzzle to be filled in over the next two years when Ryan will be ready to step in.