The Dolphins have been searching for a franchise QB since Dan Marino hung up his cleats in 2000 and became the spokesmodel for Isotoner gloves. With the #8 pick they hope they found one and at the very least locked down a signal caller with a smoking hot wife (should get plenty of air time when the Dolphins appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks).  If the QB thing doesn’t work out, Tannehill should have no problem finding a job on the Vanderbilt coaching staff.

Matt Moore finished strong and could very well be the starting QB in week 1 of the 2012 season but he’s not the long-term answer (Dolphins passing game ranked 23rd in 2011). Tannehill (6’4, 220) is an athletic big armed QB that should be an immediate upgrade. He began his career as a WR and is the only player in college football history to record more than  3,000 passing yards and 1,500 receiving yards in a career. Tannehill suffered a fractured bone in his foot in pre-draft workouts but appeared 100% at his Pro Day. Tannehill will likely start the season as a backup (owner Stephen Ross wants him eased in) but could very well be under center by mid-season at the latest (Matt Moore is a free agent at the end of the year and is not long for the job).

The Dolphins opted to add local product Lamar Miller (from the U) in round 4 – seems like a steal to us as many had him as a 2nd round value. Miller could cut into the backfield rotation of Bush and Thomas and has been in impressive in OTAs. After missing 20 games over four seasons (2007-2010), Reggie Bush enjoyed a career rebirth in 2011 as he flashed interior running skills, missed just one game and finished with a career-high 216 rushing attempts for 1,086 yards (failed to crack 600 yards rushing over his first 5 NFL seasons).

Miami Dolphins 2012 Draft Selections:

18Ryan TannehillQBTexas A&M
242Jonathan MartinTStanford
372Olivier VernonDEMiami (Fla.)
378Michael EgnewTEMissouri
497Lamar MillerRBMiami (Fla.)
5155Josh KadduLBOregon
6183B.J. CunninghamWRMichigan State
7215Kheeston RandallDTTexas
7227Rishard MatthewsWRNevada-Reno

Here is how we see the Dolphins 2012 Depth Chart entering training camp.

QBRyan TannehillMatt MooreDavid Garrard
RBReggie BushDaniel ThomasLamar MillerSteve Slaton
WR1Brian HartlineLegedu NaaneeClyde GatesBJ Cunningham
WR2Davone BessChad OchocincoRobert Wallace
TEAnthony FasanoMichael Egnew

WINNERS: WR Davone Bess (ADP: 185 Overall / WR68) / RB-WR Lamar Miller (ADP: 202 Overall / RB69):

The Dolphins defied logic by failing to address the WR corps after the trade of Brandon Marshall (81 catches for 1,214 yards and 6 TDs last season).

We don’t consider Ochocinco to be an upgrade considering he can’t even figure out where to lineup. By default, Davone Bess could be the Dolphins #1 WR and should have fantasy value especially in PPR leagues (averaged 77 catches per season in 2009/2010). Monitor his recovery from ACL surgery but for now he seems likely to be on the field in week 1 and is well worth a late round flier with limited competition for a starting job. We like Bess’ upside more than Brian Hartline (expected to start opposite Bess). Hartline was held to one catch or fewer in six games last season and has just 5 TD catches in his first three NFL seasons. 

Lamar Miller (5’11, 216) ran the fastest time for a RB at the combine and is a true game breaker. He rushed for 1,272 yards as a red shirt sophomore becoming the first Miami back to top 1,000-yards since 2002. Early word from OTA’s is that Miller could be used at WR in his rookie season as Miami needs playmakers with Brandon Marshall’s multiple personalities now stationed in the Windy City. Dynasty leaguers and those in deeper PPR leagues should consider Miller in the late rounds

LOSERS: RB Daniel Thomas (ADP: 118 Overall / RB46) / TE Anthony Fasano 

Rookie Daniel Thomas battled injuries and never got on track finishing with just 165 carries for 581 (very pedestrian 3.5 YPC).

He’s on notice after the addition of Lamar Miller but Thomas (6’1 , 228) does boast a workhorse back frame. Some have questioned whether Thomas fits into the new up-tempo West Coast scheme that will be run by first year coach Joe Philbin and new OC Mike Sherman. If Miller continues to impress he could very well surpass Thomas as #2 on the depth chart behind Reggie Bush.

The Golden Dome TE has failed to average more than 40 YPG in any of his first six NFL seasons. Best known as a strong blocker with reliable hands – his inability to separate from defenses keeps him off the fantasy radar. Entering the final year of his contract, Fasano could find himself phased out after the Dolphins spent a 3rd round pick on TE Michael Egnew (Missouri).

Check out the entire Post Draft Winners/Losers series HERE.

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