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Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft Pick #12

Up next is ThomasU picking for the hated Miami Dolphins. I'm guessing this pick will bring in a new slew of Dolphins fans to come over and say "WE SWEPT YOU!!!!!!!!1111111111111" in the comments section.

With the twelfth pick in the Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft, ThomasU picks for the Miami Dolphins...

Sergio Kindle

Kindle is very similar to Rolando McClain in the point that he is a playmaking linebacker, something the Dolphins cherish since the Channing Crowder experiment really didn't work out for them it seems. At 6'4, almost 260 pounds, Sergio ran a 4.71 for his 40 yarder at the combine, something that impressed a lot of spectators. Another reason to really like the guy is that some unknown guy named Brian Orakpo was his predecessor at Texas, and he just went to the Pro Bowl in his rookie year. There are problems that can be seen for Sergio, mainly a drunken driving incident back in 2007, but that should be nothing new for Dolphins fans. But seriously, he seems like a very very solid pick at number 12 for the Dolphins, and could go even before that.

My reaction:

The Dolphins have a number of gaping holes they can address with this pick. They can go with Dez Bryant to fill the void at receiver. They can go Dan Williams to address nose tackle. They could take Kindle's teammate, Earl Thomas, at safety. Outside linebacker is another position of need. Joey Porter is gone. Jason Taylor is unsigned and aging. Nobody can say for sure whether Cameron Wake is the answer. There's a lot to like about Kindle. He's incredibly athletic. Unlike a lot of conversion 3-4 linebacker prospects, he has experience rushing the passer both with his hand on the ground and standing up. Even though his sack numbers weren't great at Texas in 2009, he did record 18 hurries and elevated his game in the biggest of spots with 2.5 sacks against Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. This pick makes sense to me and should make their pass rush better.

David's reaction:

It's always my thinking that in a 3-4 defence, first you sort out the big man in the middle, then you add the parts around him to go out and make plays. With Ferguson suspended until the middle of the season and Soliai not starting material, I think that the Dolphins have to pick up Dan Williams if he is on the board. He can occupy blockers and let their new weapon Dansby do some work up the middle, Kindle has a lot of talent, but his coverage skills are questionable. He would be a good choice if they had their NT in place, but I think in the end they will resign Taylor, and they have Wake and Anderson. Some of their fans seem to like a guy called Moses but I haven't really seen him play. Kindle was productive in college, mostly playing on a good Texas D. If the Dolphins get their line fixed then they can draft a OLB next year. I think by adding a NT it automatically makes the players they have better, where adding a guy like Kindle doesn't make the line any better. Dolphins would be a better team with Dan Williams than with Sergio Kindle in my opinion.
What say you? Was Kindle the right choice? Should Miami have gone for another player in a deep pool of 3-4 OLB prospects? Should they have grabbed another position? How many Dolphins fans will come to the site and make foolish claims the Jets' Playoff run was tainted? The ball is in your court.

The Draft:

1. St. Louis (David Wyatt)-Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

2. Detroit (TheSanchize6)-Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

3. Tampa Bay (nrmax88)-Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State

4. Washington (eighthoursaway)-Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

5. Kansas City (michael28102)-Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

6. Seattle (arrowshockey16)-Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

7. Cleveland (chrebetsthebet)-Joe Haden, CB, Florida

8. Oakland (mousie)-Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland

9. Buffalo (MachlinT)-Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa

10. Jacksonville (Leamg)-Jason Paul-Pierre, DE, South Florida

11. Denver (THetes)-Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

12. Miami (ThomasU)-Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas