Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/4/12
Who will the Dolphins take with the number eight pick? Here's a look at the options.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: It's been clear for years now the Dolphins have always needed a franchise quarterback. If the Dolphins truly believe Tannehill can be their franchise quarterback, then they should absolutely pull the trigger. If not, then don't. I'm sick of people saying they have other needs. There are always other needs. First it was middle linebacker. They got Dansby. Then, it was a true number one receiver. They got Marshall. Did they get any better? No. They added all these stars, but all along what did they really need? A quarterback. If the Dolphins think Tannehill is the guy, then get him.

Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina: Pass rusher is obviously a need. Jason Taylor retired and Cameron Wake took a step back last season. Some one else has to be there to help put the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Joe Philbin himself emphasized the need for more pass rushers. The Dolphins can easily go after a player like Ingram who has an extremely high motor and is athletic enough to excel in their new "hybrid" scheme.

Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Again, Miami needs a pass rusher. I don't think the chances of this pick are high because Joe Philbin has emphasized getting high character guys and Coples has done nothing to prove he is one.

David DeCastro, G, Stanford: I believe DeCastro is the second best linemen in this class. He is in a league of his own when it comes to guard prospects. One can argue he's the most "can't miss" prospect in this draft, but he happens to be a guard. I don't see the Dolphins going offensive line, however. They have 2 high picked linemen on their line already and can easily upgrade the line in other rounds.

Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa: Reiff is an option, but his draft stock has gone down slightly after the combine. He didn't do anything to prove he will be an elite tackle in this league, which takes him out of the top 10 in my opinion. The value just isn't there.

Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Receiver is an obvious need, but after Justin Blackmon, there isn't a receiver who deserves to be a top 10 pick. Floyd is the next rated guy so a team like the Dolphins might make a reach.


Hopeful options:

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Almost no chance this happens, but if he's there they should pull the trigger.

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: If the Dolphins are on the clock and Richardson is still available, they should either trade back or take him because the value at this spot is ridiculous.

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