The NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and with it draft season has been kicked into high gear. Despite the fact that free agency is still a few weeks away, NFL mock drafts are in full swing.
Mock One—a community mock draft based on Twitter evaluators, draftniks and fans—has become an annual tradition, and the first one commenced in lock step with the combine. I represented the Dolphins in the draft.
Considering that Miami is in a particularly volatile position right now. The Dolphins have a ton of cap space, thus the uncertainty of free agency and subsequently the NFL draft are magnified.
As such, I made the following assumptions—educated guesses, in reality—going into Mock One:
- Jeff Ireland will land a big wide receiver in free agency. This is a rather big assumption considering his track record, but there is plenty of chatter about Miami's goals in this arena.
- Randy Starks and Sean Smith will be retained, either via long-term deal or franchise tag.
- Brian Hartline and Anthony Fasano will be re-signed. This, combined with the big splash at wide receiver, will lessen the need to utilize a high pick on receiver. It also means tight end will not be seen as a big need with Fasano, Charles Clay and Michael Egnew—however disappointing he was in 2012—in the fold.
- Jake Long, Chris Clemons and Reggie Bush will leave via free agency.
These are not unreasonable assumptions given the amount of cap space the Dolphins have and the precedents Jeff Ireland has set.
Now, onto the draft. Here were my results.