"Here is a breakdown of the players I view as the Favorite Five to be Ireland's selections in the first round. In this breakdown we explain why the player fits what Miami is building, and why the pick might not be him.
1. Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson
The player: He's a top 10 talent, a forceful and physical offensive tackle who is light on his feet, and heavy with his jab step. He's only played one season at left tackle but was dominant in the Senior Bowl when facing this draft's top pass rushers.
Why he fits: He's tall (6-foot-6), lean (302 pounds) and athletic, which is exactly what the Dolphins are looking for in this zone blocking scheme. With Jake Long gone to St. Louis Lane would compete with Jonathan Martin for the left tackle spot, and the loser would start at right tackle or move inside to guard.
Why he won't be: The way this draft is shaping up the three top offensive tackles - Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Johnson - will be the most indemand players of this entire draft. The odds of all three slipping past Arizona (pick No. 7) and San Diego (No. 11) is unrealistic, and the Dolphins would have to move up to get one. Is Johnson really worth giving up one of the team's two second round picks?
2. Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes
The player: He's a 6-foot-1, long armed, athletic cornerback that already calls South Florida home. He excels in press coverage. He's a three-year starter for the Seminoles, who has contributed 140 tackles, eight interceptions and forced three fumbles.
Why he fits: He has the size and length needed to contend with the NFL's bigger receivers, which is something Miami's cornerback unit presently lacks. He's competing with Washington Desmond Trufant and Houston's D.J. Hayden to be the cornerback drafted after Alabama's Dee Milliner, so he'll likely be on the board when the Dolphins are on the clock at pick No. 12.
Why he won't be: This former receiver needs work on his technique, and his zone coverage isn't stellar. He also needs to prove he can stay healthy, especially considering the NFL presents a more physical game than what he faced in the ACC. He's a top 30 talent in this draft, but picking him in the top 15 selections might be reaching.
3. North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper
The player: This 23-year-old personifies the type of guard a zone blocking scheme needs. He's a superb puller, who often gets to the second level, and can typically be found on his feet.
Why he fits: He's fun to watch, a svelte 290-pounds, and fits one of the team's biggest needs. Put him next to center Mike Pouncey and the Dolphins would have two athletic offensive linemen that could turn the corner on any running play, which would open up the playbook tremendously. Adding Cooper would allow John Jerry to move to tackle, a position which might be a better fit for the 350-pounder. Taking Cooper in the first-round might address two positions in one.
Why he won't be: Offensive guard isn't a premiere position, and even though Cooper and Alabama's Chance Warmack are both first-round talents, picking a guard in the top 15 would be taboo. David Decastro, who was last year's top offensive guard, wasn't selected till Pittsburgh took him with the 24th pick.
4. Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert
The player: The Fighting Irish have a long standing history of producing quality NFL tight ends, and Eifert might be the best of the accomplished bunch. Eifert has started 34 games for Notre Dame, catching 140 passes for 1,840 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns.
Why he fits: Eifert has a solid frame (6-foot-5, 255 pounds), a tremendous catching radius, and has shown that he's a decent blocker in 2012. The Dolphins only signed Dustin Keller to a one-year deal, and they'll need a tight end to block considering that's not Keller's strength. Charles Clay and Michael Egnew also haven't proven they can be solid in-line blockers.
Why he won't be: Only three tight ends - Vernon Davis (sixth pick in 2006), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth pick in 2004), and Jeremy Shockey (14th pick in 2002) - have been taken in the draft's first 15 selections this past decade. And Eifert doesn't have the same athleticism as the previous three. The Dolphins could also upgrade the position with a second, third or fourth-round target.
5. West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin
The player: Austin was the most explosive player in college football last season. He's an elusive open-field runner, who split time at tailback and receiver to produce 29 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Mountaineers. He's caught 215 passes for 2,475 yards the past two seasons.
Why he fits: Despite his troublesome lack of size (5-foot-8, 173 pounds) Austin is the type of player you build an offense around. He's the type of Percy Harvin-like talent who would make Miami's offense more dynamic if paired with Mike Wallace.
Why he won't be: He's a gimmick of an offensive player, one who would need plays drawn up for him. What happens to the offense when he's not available? Austin is not a refined route runner, and would be a non-factor as a blocker if used in the backfield. There's also concern that a team would have to limit his touches because of the physical nature of the NFL. He's 25-pounds lighter than Harvin. The Dolphins already have solid slot receiver in Davone Bess, and receiver isn't necessarily a need considering Brandon Gibson was signed this offseason, so selecting Austin in the first round would be luxury for a team that is starving at other positions (OT, OG, TE, DE, CB, FS, RB are bigger needs).
So....after seeing the players I view as the Favorite Five for a Ireland pick which one would you pull the trigger on in the first round, and why?"