The reason is pretty simple. The Dolphins have four major needs heading into the 2009 draft, and those are a playmaking linebacker, a shutdown cornerback, a true No. 1 wide receiver and a nose tackle to groom behind Jason Ferguson.
Because there shouldn't be a great difference between a wide receiver picked at No. 25 or No. 44 or even 56, we don't believe for a second the Dolphins will be going -- or should be going -- for a wide receiver in the first round.
There's also no defensive tackle outside of BC's B.J. Raji worth the 25th pick, and he'll be long gone by that point. So that eliminates nose tackle as an option.
That leaves linebacker or cornerback. By this time in our mock, the only linebacker of note left is Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, who certainly would warrant consideration, but the thinking here is Sean Smith would have the opportunity to make a much bigger impact right off the bat.
Smith has great size for a cornerback and he also ran very well at Utah's Pro Day. Smith also has good ball skills, as evidenced by his nine interceptions over the last two seasons.
He would come in and start from day one opposite veteran Will Allen.
The annual Scout.com mock draft should be released within a few days and will include the first two rounds.
The Dolphins have two picks in the second round, and we'll be focusing on a linebacker (Clint Sintim perhaps?), wide receiver (Brian Robiskie?) and nose tackle (Ron Brace?) in Round 2.
Feel free to disagree.