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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins projected to take top receiver

The Dolphins selected Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen in the latest SB Nation mock draft.

Jed Jacobsohn

With a rookie quarterback during the 2012 season, the Dolphins finished the season 7-9 and had the NFL's No. 27 offense. While there's plenty of optimism surrounding the rookie campaign of Ryan Tannehill, the consensus is that the team needs to add receiving talent around the young passer.

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In many mock drafts, there is a belief that the draft does not have a receiving talent worth the No. 12 selection; however, in the latest joint mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn, the first selection for the Dolphins was used to take the top rated receiver in the draft: California wide receiver Keenan Allen.

We're back to where we started with the Dolphins. When we started putting out 2013 mocks, Allen was the popular choice for the Dolphins. It's easy to forget about Allen. He missed Cal's final three games and his college quarterback was abysmal. Allen is the best receiver in the draft this year. He's a competitive outside target who can often win jump ball situations.

Brian Hartline led the Dolphins in receiving in 2012 with 74 receptions for 1,083 yards and one touchdown. Davone Bess also racked up a lot of yardage, finishing the year with 61 receptions and 778 yards, but also found the end zone just once.

In his junior season, Allen finished with 61 receptions, 737 yards and six touchdowns, a large step back from his 1,343 yards receiving during his sophomore season.

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