INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin of Stanford participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Draft Results: Miami Dolphins Choose 3 Offensive Skill Players On Day 3

The Miami Dolphins have selected wide receiver B.J. Cunnigham from Michigan State with the 13th pick in the sixth round, the 183rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft Bust Factor: Ryan Tannehill

The NFL Draft is now a week old, but the speculation and the prognosticating is nowhere near over. Now people are wondering if players selected in the first round will pan out, or will wind up being a bust. Ryan Van Bibber of SBNation.com has gone through the first round and has selected a handful of players that could be potential first round busts. Among those names, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The major concern with Tannehill according to Van Bibber is his lack of experience, which seemed to show during the second half of the season last year with Texas A&M. Van Bibber does mention however, because the Dolphins have Matt Moore and David Garrard on the roster, there is no rush to start Tannehill.

Tannehill made 19 college starts as a signal caller. That right there is what the kids like to call a red flag. Poor second-half performances and blown leads against Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Missouri last season all raise even more concerns. Working in Tannehill's favor is that the Dolphins have no need to start him immediately. They can get by with Matt Moore or even the veteran David Garrard, if they have to.

Miami fans certainly hope that Tannehill is the long-term solution that the Dolphins brass think he can be. That remains to be seen however.

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NFL Draft Grades 2012: Dolphins Receive "B" From SB Nation

The mild praise continues to roll in for the Miami Dolphins, as SB Nation becomes the latest to weigh in on the 'Fins' draft.

Like most draft analysis to this point, the Dolphins will have their 2012 Draft based on what becomes of first-round pick Ryan Tannehill.

Two premium positions with their first two picks -- Ryan Tannehill and Jonathan Martin. No. 8 is high for Tannehill but we all know how it works with quarterbacks in this league. Martin could be a very good value, and already has people wondering about Jake Long's future. Michael Egnewcan be a nice weapon for Tannehill.

If those first two picks work out, then this easily becomes an A.

Exciting times lie ahead for Dolphins fans, as it will be time to see if the 2012 NFL Draft sinks the franchise further or brings them back to a perennial contender.

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NFL Draft Grades 2012: Dolphins Receive "B+" Grade From Pete Prisco Of CBS Sports

As the analysis of this weekend's 2012 NFL Draft begins to pour in, various NFL writers have weighed in with their opinions of how each team drafted.

After Mel Kiper of ESPN gave the Miami Dolphins a "C" for their selections in 2012, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was much higher on the 'Fins' draft, giving the team a "B+" for their picks.

Here is his breakdown of the Dolphins' selections. He feels the 2012 Draft will be make-or-break depending on how first-round selection Ryan Tannehill pans out at quarterback.

Best pick: Third-round tight end Michael Egnew has the ability to split out and create matchup problems. He's what you want in a tight end.

Questionable move: Taking Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick is a risk. He has tools, but limited starts. Did they overdraft because of the need at the position?

Third-day gem: Running back Lamar Miller might have some shoulder issues, but he is an explosive runner. The Dolphins might have nailed a special back.

Analysis: The draft will be graded on the Tannehill pick in the long run. If their analysis is accurate, and he's a franchise passer, this will be a really nice draft. If not, well, this regime won't be around long. I liked what they did after Tannehill a lot. But he is this draft.

Grade: B+

Obviously, time will tell how much this draft will help or hurt the Dolphins' rebuilding efforts. Fans will surely want to keep an eye on the development of these players.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Miami Dolphins Handed "C" Grade By Mel Kiper

The 2012 NFL Draft officially wrapped on Saturday, with teams using three days and seven rounds to bolster their squads for the upcoming season. The Miami Dolphins added nine players in the draft, most notably selecting former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 pick.

Now comes the time for instant (over)analysis by pundits. First up to bat, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, who gave Miami an overall grade of "C" for this year's draft.

Summary: On my final Big Board, Ryan Tannehill was my 19th-ranked player. The Dolphins got him at No. 8, and probably felt like they couldn't move down. If he's your guy, you take him and live with it. Tannehill is all projection. My worry for him is he needs more game experience, but Miami can't put him out there as a rookie with the hope of being competitive. Remember, this team went 6-3 over its final nine games. Jonathan Martin isn't a bad get at all in the second round. But again, he won't help the team much in 2012. Olivier Vernon doesn't have a high ceiling, but targets a need. Michael Egnew was my No. 4 tight end, and has solid athleticism. He's 6-foot-5, but can run in the mid-4.5 range. Lamar Miller is a great late value; he has some explosiveness and provides some insurance if Reggie Bush gets dinged. Tannehill's success or failure will define this draft -- no way around it.

The Dolphins have become virtually irrelevant in recent years, and now must hope Ryan Tannehill is indeed the long-term solution at the quarterback position. Miami fans have their toes and fingers crossed.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Dolphins Select Risard Matthews With Last Pick

With their final selection of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Nevada wide receiver Rishard Matthews out of Nevada. Matthews is a six foot receiver who has a chance to work his way into the rotation, and become a potential target for new quarterback Ryan Tannehill down the line. He's a big receiver, who does well in traffic and is strong enough to out-duel NFL cornerbacks in battles for the ball. He's not considered a burner by any means, and struggles to burst off the line and get vertical.

The Dolphins wrap up their draft with three offensive skill positions drafted on the third and final day. After taking Hurricane running back Lamar Miller to start the day, the Fins added Matthews and B.J. Cunningham to add to the pass-catching corps.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Dolphins Select Texas DT Kheeston Randall In Round 7

The Miami Dolphins selected Texas defensive tackle Kheeston Randall with the 8th pick in Round 7, and No. 215 overall. The new offensive regime and Jeff Ireland took two offensive skill positions in Lamar Miller and B.J. Cunningham on day 3, and have now added the second defensive player to add to the front seven. Randall joins Josh Kaddu as a late-round defensive selection. He's a solid interior lineman, who will be used primarily as a run-stopper and often came off the field for the Longhorns on passing downs.

The Fins have one more selection later in the 7th Round, at No. 20 and No. 227 overall.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Miami Dolphins Choose Wide Receiver B.J. Cunningham In Sixth Round

The Miami Dolphins have selected wide receiver B.J. Cunnigham from Michigan State with the 13th pick in the sixth round, the 183rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Dolphins would appear to have a steal in Cunningham, a highly regarded prospect that some saw being taken as early as the third round.

The Spartans wideout is thought of as a good route runner and durable wideout. Cunningham is said to be savvy at the line of scrimmage, using his hands and physical frame to keep cornerbacks off balance as the play develops. The 6-foot-1, 211 pound wide receiver also blocks well downfield in the running game.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Miami Dolphins Select Linebacker Josh Kaddu In Fifth Round

The Miami Dolphins used the 20th selection in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft on 6-foot-3, 239 pound linebacker Josh Kaddu from Oregon.

Kaddu started his last two years for the Ducks, and has the athleticism to succeed at the next level. Kaddu is good in space and can run down plays, and is athletic enough to not be a liability in coverage. The Dolphins have likely added at the least a backup linebacker and solid special teams contributor late in the fifth round.

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2012 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins Select RB Lamar Miller In 4th Round

"With the 98th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins have selected Lamar Miller, a running back from the University of Miami who came into the NFL Draft as a borderline second or third round draft pick.

The 5’11", 212 lb Miller had a breakout campaign with the Hurricanes last year after serving as a backup the previous season. Miller rushed for 1272 yards last season, averaging 5.6 yards per carry with 9 touchdowns to go with 17 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Miller is one of the fastest running backs in this year’s draft and is electric in the open field. He has good strength for his size and can contribute on special teams immediately.

Miami's next pick is the 10th pick in the 5th round.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Dolphins Select LSU Safety Brandon Taylor With 2nd Round 3 Pick

One spot after taking defensive end Olivier Vernon, the Miami Dolphins selected LSU safety Brandon Taylor with the No. 73 pick overall and 10th selection of the 3rd round. Taylor is an impressive athlete who played in perhaps the deepest secondary in college football last year. He is largely considered a run stuffer, who enjoys playing in the box and coming up to punish the ball carriers. On other hand, he is considered weaker in man-to-man coverage, something that could be exposed against the tight ends of the AFC East.

The Dolphins got their quarterback of the future in Ryan Tannehill at No. 8 overall and added Jonathan Martin at No. 42 overall. After going defense and taking Olivier Vernon and Taylor with back-to-back picks in the 3rd round, the Fins are not scheduled to draft again on Friday but as we've seen, there's still plenty of time for movement in Round 3. If they hold off, they will not pick again until No. 103 with the eighth overall selection of Round 4.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Dolphins Select Hurricane Olivier Vernon With No. 72 Pick

After adding two cornerstone pieces on the offensive side of the ball in the 1st and 2nd round, the Miami Dolphins went to the defensive side of the ball and selected Olivier Vernon with the No. 72 pick overall and ninth in the 3rd round. Vernon is a local product who played for Al Golden and the Hurricanes. He is considered a solid 4-3 defensive end rusher who will add to the Dolphins rush off the edge in the AFC East. Vernon came out early without a lot of experience or tape on him, but he is still the first Hurricane to be drafted .

The Dolphins got their quarterback of the future in Ryan Tannehill at No. 8 overall and added Jonathan Martin at No. 42 overall. The Fins will follow up this pick with their second 3rd round selection of the evening, possessing back-to-back picks in the round after acquiring the No. 73 pick from the Panthers through the Bears.

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2012 NFL Draft: Jonathan Martin Selected By Miami Dolphins With 42nd Pick

With the 42nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins decided to go with Jonathan Martin, the left tackle that protected Andrew Luck's blind side the past several seasons at Stanford.

Martin helped anchor Stanford's top-notch offensive line in their passing game, as the Cardinal only allowed 24 sacks in the past three seasons. Martin's ability to seal the edge and block on the exterior also helped the Cardinal run offense become one of the best in the nation. Tackle will probably be his position in the NFL, although it's unclear which side he'd be best suited to play in the pros. He might have the athleticism to play left tackle and the power to play on the right side.

Martin was the second Cardinal linemen drafted, joining offensive guard David DeCastro. Luck might have been a great quarterback, but he received a lot of help up front from his protection as well.

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2012 NFL Draft Reaction: Can Ryan Tannehill Reach His Potential?

The Miami Dolphins made what many thought were the obvious choice in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday when they took Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill No. 8 overall. Our Dolphins blog the Phinsider is excited about Tannehill's potential with the young Dolphins team.

The Dolphins have the luxury of letting Tannehill sit for a while behind veterans Matt Moore and David Garrard. He can ease into the offense when he's ready. That could be in 2013 or later into 2012 depending on how the season goes. He can develop with the young WRs that the Dolphins have and will draft later this weekend.

The plan here is that Tannehill will develop into the franchise QB the Dolphins have needed for over a decade now. If he pans out, the Dolphins have a 15 year starter that will make us perennial playoff and championship contenders.

Whether or not Tannehill reaches that potential remains to be seen. But the Dolphins have some hope at the quarterback position, and that is not something that has been said a lot over the past decade.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Miami Dolphins Receive A 'B' For Ryan Tannehill Pick

Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft Ryan Tannehill was one of the most intriguing prospects in the Draft, and his selection would"turn the entire first round on its head!" But with all of the trades that happened in the first round Tannehill's selection at No. 8 to the Miami Dolphins got kind of lost in the wind. But the guys at SB Nation didn't forget about him, and they gave the Dolphins a "B" in their NFL Draft Grades for the selection.

Not going to knock a team for making a bold move to acquire a quarterback. That's simply what it takes in this league. Good luck, Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins hope that Tannehill can eventually step in and become their franchise signal caller, but we won't know whether that is the case for a few years. But Tannehill has a lot of potential and the Dolphins should be applauded for taking a risk. Here is some more analysis from SB Nation on Youtube.

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Round 2 NFL Mock Draft: Miami Goes Defense After Taking Tannehill In Round 1

The Miami Dolphins took what they hope will be the quarterback of the future for them in the first round on Thursday in Texas A&M gunslinger Ryan Tannehill. Defense was also a popular selection for them in some mock drafts around the Internet, and that's where the guys at Mocking the Draft have them going in their Round 2 NFL Mock Draft on Friday morning. The Dolphins are projected to take Courtney Upshaw of Alabama, one of the highest ranked players still on the board.

Koa Misi has been an average pass rusher for the Dolphins and Upshaw would be a steal at this point. He's a natural 3-4 outside linebacker and may not even last this long.

Upshaw was considered a mid-first round prospect but fell down the board because he has some concerns about what position he will end up playing. But he can flat out get after the quarterback, and the Dolphins could really use a player like that opposite Cameron Wake.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Dolphins Draft Ryan Tannehill With No. 8 Pick

The Miami Dolphins selected their quarterback of the future on Thursday night, drafting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Tannehill was the third-best quarterback in the draft, and his stock had risen significantly during the pre-draft process. Many suspected Tannehill could go as high as third overall, but the Dolphins ended up getting the quarterback at their original spot at eight.

Tannehill will re-join his former college coach, Mike Sherman, who spent last year in College Station as the head coach before being fired and joining Miami's staff as offensive coordinator. Sherman, along with new coach Joe Philbin, clearly felt comfortable with their ability to mold Tannehill into the quarterback of the future for the franchise, despite a limited sample of college games.

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Miami Dolphins Draft Rumors: Phins Considering Trading Down

Ryan Tannehill could fall to the Miami Dolphins at No. 8, but they might not be completely enamored with the idea of selecting him or any other prospect in that position. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are considering trading down and have already contacted other teams about doing so.

I alluded yesterday to the idea the Dolphins could trade down from the No. 8 overall selection in the first round and today that idea is picking up steam as multiple club sources are telling me at this hour Miami has spoken to at least three teams about moving back.

The top five or six prospects in the draft are basically set in stone, but there's a lot of uncertainty after that. If the Miami Dolphins aren't set on Tannehill or any other prospect outside of the well-defined top tier of players, it would benefit them to move down and pick up multiple picks. Tannehill would be a good pick for PR purposes, but the Dolphins are a team in need of help at multiple positions.

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2012 NFL Draft Schedule, TV Time, Streaming And More: Will Dolphins Take Their Quarterback?

There is a lot of intrigue following the Dolphins' first round pick, but they have plenty of picks through the weekend. Here is where you can watch the draft.

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