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Sports Buzz: A look at Mel Kiper's mock draft and Miami Dolphins notes

Mel Kiper told us a couple weeks ago that he liked Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson as Miami’s potential first round pick, and that’s who he listed in his first mock draft Wednesday.

Patterson, 6-3, had 46 catches for 778 yards. Of course, if the Dolphins add a top receiver in free agency, this Kiper projection likely would change.

Here’s what Kiper wrote on about Miami’s pick at No. 12: “The Dolphins nailed their quarterback pick in taking Ryan Tannehill in 2012, but when they dealt Brandon Marshall to the Bears, they also left Tannehill without a wide receiver who opposing defenses truly fear as a matchup problem. Patterson had just one year against top competition after spending two years at the junior college level, but he has very good hands, can beat cornerbacks with his height and strength, and will go up and beat defenders for 50-50 balls. He also has big-time ability to run after the catch, and this slot matches up with his current value.”

He’s the only receiver Kiper has being drafted before Baylor’s Terrance Williams at No. 23.

Here’s Kiper’s first mock draft, followed by highlights from his conference call today:

1) Kansas City: Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel

2) Jacksonville: Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore

3) Oakland: Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei

4) Philadelphia: Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner

5) Detroit: Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones

6) Cleveland: FSU defensive end Bjoern Werner

7) Arizona: Alabama guard Chance Warmack

8) Buffalo: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o

9) Jets: LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo

10) Tennessee: Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan

11) San Diego: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher

12) Dolphins: Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

Read the rest of the mock draft and highlights from his conference call at Barry Jackson’s Sports Buzz.

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