A lot has been made about how much potential each of Miami's draft picks have. It's also assumed that Miami is in a rebuilding, or at least re-modeling mode. I can't deny either, but let's take a look at what each will likely bring to the table right away.
1. Ryan Tannehill - Obviously the story line of the Off season has been, is, and will continue to be Tannehill. Everybody has an opinion on when he should start. Everybody has an opinion on when he will start...Personally, I'm fine with whatever the coaching staff decides. I think that Miami has the pieces to protect him, (good offensive line, very strong run game, solid Defense, good check down weapons); that, combined with the fact that Tannehill is so familiar with the offense, likely means Ryan would not only survive his rookie season as the starter, but would benefit from it. I don't see Tannehill playing a lot his rookie season though. I think Moore wins the job, and the Dolphins are in contention due to the weak schedule for 14 weeks or so. Tannehill might get a start or two at the end of the season, but I wouldn't expect more than that.
2. Jonathan Martin - This is one of the easiest draft picks to predict. I'm not Martin's biggest fan, but he'll start at RT from day 1. Martin started a lot of games on one of the better coached offensive lines in college football, so the transition, (despite moving from left to right tackle), should be seamless. Martin should be a solid starter for years to come.
3a. Olivier Vernon - I'm not a big fan of Vernon, but even those who do like him will admit that he's a lot of work. Vernon was poorly coached in Miami - who wasn't the last few years? - and lost almost his entire Sr. season due to a suspension. Vernon is strong against the run and puts in a lot of effort, but is viewed by most as a pass rush specialist. I think Vernon gets playing time on all 3 downs this season, but not consistently. I don't see him being a pass rush specialist at any point in his career, but I don't see him as just a 1st and 2nd down guy either. I think his rookie year will be very similar to Koa Misi's rookie season.
3b. Michael Egnew - It might seem like a theme, but I'm not Egnew's biggest fan either. If used correctly I think he can be a nice weapon. But he has to be used in certain roles. In 2012, expect him to be used much like Aaron Hernandez...not as effective, but you'll see him at TE, at WR, maybe even in the backfield. It will be hard to get playing time with Clay on the roster though. If Egnew impresses this August, don't be surprised if Fasano isn't on the roster come September.
4. Lamar Miller - The steal of the draft for the Dolphins, Miller will be a heck of a player down the road. For 2012 though, his role may be limited. Between Miller's stage of development and with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas ahead of him on the depth chart, Miller likely won't see a ton of carries early. He should be the kick returner though, and will get some 3rd down duties.
5. Josh Kaddu - Kaddu won't see a lot of playing time in 2012 on Defense, but he should be a key contributor on special teams. Kaddu is seen down the road as a 1st and 2nd down player, but quite honestly I see a future for him on 3rd down. He's got versatility (played both linebacker and defensive end for Oregon, producing a reasonable amount of sacks last season with 6.5), and is very athletic. I see him as being a nice role player for Miami down the road, and possibly as soon as next year.
6. B.J. Cunningham - With Miami's lack of talent at the WR position, Cunningham could easily become the 3rd target behind the only two sure things on the roster in Hartline and Bess. Cunningham is viewed as a polished product coming out, so he should see significant action.
7a. Rishard Matthews - Matthews needs some work on his route running, but he does have plenty of talent. I see him as Miami's punt return man this year. I don't expect a lot out of him offensively, but he should see some playing time here and now.
7b. Kheeston Randall - Randall at one point was viewed as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Whether or not that talent comes out at some point is the question, but for this season I wouldn't expect much. Randall should make the roster, but he's got a lot of good talent ahead of him between Starks, Soliai, Odrick, and McDaniel. I don't expect any contribution until at least 2013.