With the Eighth Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Miami Dolphins Select...

Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Courtney Upshaw who is projected to be a top ten draft pick speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the eighth pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Miami Dolphins select...

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

This selection and write-up was made by gentryholdem:

While the new Dolphin's staff would probably find it hard not to take Claiborne off the board I'm going off of need and taking the edge linebacker. New Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is said to be sticking with the 3-4 Hybrid the Dolphins have been running the past few seasons. They desperately need a right side pass rusher/run defender to complement Cameron Wake on the left and Upshaw fits that role perfectly. Stats at 6'2" 265-270 pounds with 4.75 speed you can line him up with multiple roles on the right side. He's a "short burst explosion" speed guy with excellent skills not only getting into the backfield but in his judgements for screens and draws. Also shows outstanding ability to shed blockers with his arms while finding the ball. His Alabama game tape speaks for itself.

I don't think we know for sure yet if the Dolphins are going to run a 3-4 or a 4-3, but a hybrid (as mentioned above) certainly sounds possible. I like how the Dolphins "desperately need a pass rusher to complement Cameron Wake," as if every team has a player of Wake's caliber ;) Drafting Upshaw is an aggressive move to help this defense get younger, and the pass-rushing combination could be just what the doctor ordered for when it comes to causing chaos for quarterback Tom Brady in the future.

The Carolina Panthers are on the clock next (email will be sent to nickjs21).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck
QB Stanford Ryno III
2 St. Louis
Matt Kalil LT USC SpecialBrownie
3 Minnesota Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State pt_999
4 Cleveland Robert Griffin III QB Baylor rufio
5 Tampa Bay
Trent Richardson RB Alabama Rounds94
6 Washington Riley Reiff OT Iowa Groza
7 Jacksonville Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Chalmdeezy
8 Miami Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama gentryholdem
9 Carolina nickjs21
10 Buffalo The New Kardiac Kids
11 Kansas City
Brownie's Year
12 Seattle Jon @ DBN
13 Arizona Browns town
14 Dallas bross09
15 Philadelphia PaduaDSP
16 N.Y. Jets
17 Cincinnati
18 San Diego Adrock2009
19 Chicago OrangeAndBrownFever
20 Tennessee iwearmocs
21 Cincinnati Bernie19Kosar
22 Cleveland rufio
23 Detroit nickmar19
24 Pittsburgh rdy
25 Denver notthatnoise
26 Houston troy145
27 New England
Boston Browns
28 Green Bay
29 Baltimore Ecwingen
30 San Francisco -bobby-
31 New England
Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
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