Miami Dolphins' Mock Draft Roundup
Players have been scouted, big boards have been created and mock drafts have been done and redone over and over again.
Offensive tackle, offensive guard and linebacker are three of the most notable needs, but the Dolphins can also use upgrades at wide receiver and tight end. They are also in need of future replacements at safety and running back as well.
While nobody knows for sure how the Dolphins will approach the draft on May 8, many experts have taken their best guess on which direction Miami will go.
Here are the experts' mock drafts that will be included in the roundup:
- Matt Miller of Bleacher Report
- Rob Rang of CBS Sports
- Pete Prisco of CBS Sports
- Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports
- Will Brinson of CBS Sports
- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports
- Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN (subscription required)
- Todd McShay of ESPN (subscription required)
- Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com
- Brian Baldinger of NFL.com
- Charles Davis of NFL.com
- Bucky Brooks of NFL.com
- Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated
- Don Banks of Sports Illustrated
- Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated
Without further ado, let's take a look at these experts' picks for the Dolphins along with some analysis and my official selection as well.
First Round, No. 19
Matt Miller, B/R: Zack Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame
Rob Rang, CBS: Zack Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame
Pete Prisco, Will Brinson, CBS: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Pat Kirwan, CBS: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Dane Brugler, CBS: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Drafttek: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Todd McShay, ESPN: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Charles Davis, NFL.com: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Zack Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame
Brian Baldinger, NFL.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Chris Burke, Don Banks, Doug Farrar, SI.com: Zack Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame
As you can see, there is a relatively clear consensus among the national media that the Dolphins should choose an offensive lineman in the first round.
Most of them went with Zack Martin, who can play both guard and tackle and is viewed as one of the safest picks in the draft.
Kirwan and Baldinger opted for Cyrus Kouandjio, who has a number of red flags, most notably the medical concerns on his surgically repaired knee after he tore his ACL in 2011.
There have been a few different contradicting reports concerning the Dolphins and Kouandjio, with Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reporting the team is targeting him in the first round.
Meanwhile, Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reported that the Dolphins won't even consider him in the first round at all.
Todd McShay pegged the Dolphins to select Morgan Moses, whom I've previously written in depth about and have high expectations for.
Other first-round projections for the Dolphins include Eric Ebron, who seems unlikely to still be available at No. 19, and Bradley Roby, who would be a surprising pick considering the team's other needs.
That leads us to C.J. Mosley, whom Pete Prisco, Will Brinson and Mel Kiper Jr. picked to go to Miami.
I've also written about Mosley in the past as a player who would bring the biggest impact to Miami in the first-round.
Considering the major need the Dolphins have at linebacker and the low number of immediate impact players that can be found in this draft class at the position, Mosley is a no-brainer if he is still on the board.
My pick: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Second Round, No. 50
Matt Miller, B/R: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Rob Rang, CBS: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Dane Brugler, CBS: Joel Bitonio, OG/OT, Nevada
Drafttek: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Todd McShay, ESPN: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Joel Bitonio, OG/OT, Nevada
As it was in the first round, the national experts once again mostly agree on what the Dolphins should do in the second round.
Rang, Brugler and Kiper have the Dolphins going with an offensive lineman in the second. Rang chose to Mewhort, who he is pairing with Zack Martin to immediately solve all of the Dolphins' offensive line issues from last season.
Brugler and Kiper both went with a playmaker in the first round and decided it was best to grab Joel Bitonio to address the O-line.
He is a very solid player who would be a great fit for Miami as he can play both guard and tackle at the next level. He is as much of a sure thing as there could be on Day 2 of the draft and is good enough to step in and start from Day 1.
Drafttek went with an out-of-the-box selection with running back Bishop Sankey.
He is a solid all-around player but doesn't make much sense for the Dolphins this early, considering they already have their starting backfield set with Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller.
Meanwhile, Miller and McShay agree the Dolphins should go for a playmaking wide receiver in Jarvis Landry. He appears to have the makings of a solid possession receiver at the next level.
He is a polished route-runner and does a lot of little things very well, although he ran a very slow 40-yard dash time of 4.77 seconds at the combine, per NFL.com.
While I went in a similar direction as McShay and Miller with a receiver, Landry appears to be far too similar to what the Dolphins already have in Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson.
If the Dolphins are going to draft a receiver in the second round, they need to draft a game-breaking one.
At 6'2" and 221 pounds, Donte Moncrief is an explosive player who ran a 4.40 40-yard dash and jumped a 39.5-inch vertical; both were top-five performances at his position at the scouting combine, per NFL.com.
He is as physically gifted as any receiver in this draft class and has all the talent needed to provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill with another game-changing weapon.
My pick: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Third Round, No. 81
Matt Miller, B/R: Trai Turner, OG, LSU
Drafttek: Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut
The list drops off here quite a bit, with just Miller and Drafttek extending their mocks beyond two rounds.
Miller went with a second offensive lineman, grabbing Trai Turner to fill the void at offensive guard for the Dolphins.
He is a very strong and powerful run-blocker who has just 20 starts under his belt at the college level. He needs to work on his technique in order to improve on his pass-blocking.
Meanwhile, Drafttek went with another surprising selection, passing on an offensive lineman for the third straight round to select linebacker Yawin Smallwood.
If the Dolphins can't land Mosley in the first round, Smallwood is an intriguing option. At 6'2" and 246 pounds, he is a solid player who is good at diagnosing plays quickly.
He isn't an incredible athlete but is capable of being a three-down starter and a productive, if not spectacular player at the next level.
However, considering how badly the Dolphins are in need of help on the offensive line, the decision to go three rounds without picking a lineman is strange.
After going with playmakers in the first two rounds, I am projecting the team to go with Billy Turner in the third.
I have already made a case for the Dolphins to draft Turner. He is a versatile player who can step in on Day 1 and start at four different positions along the offensive line.
He is a strong and powerful blocker who is capable of dominating at both guard and tackle with the right coaching and development.
My pick: Billy Turner, OT/OG, North Dakota State
Fourth Round, No. 116
Matt Miller, B/R: Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
Drafttek: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
After going offense in the first three rounds, Miller chose to go defense in the fourth with cornerback Nevin Lawson.
He is a good athlete who has plenty of physical ability to be a good cornerback, but he needs to work on his technique in order to refine his game.
He would likely start out as the Dolphins' fourth or fifth cornerback, where he can develop along with the other young cornerbacks on the roster.
Drafttek decided to go with defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, a stout run defender who is very good at occupying gaps.
With my selection, I'm sticking with offense and drafting C.J. Fiedorowicz, the best blocking tight end in the draft.
At 6'7" and 265 pounds, he is a dominant blocker but can also be a dangerous weapon on pass plays, especially in the red zone where he uses his big frame to take advantage of smaller defenders.
My pick: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Fifth Round, No. 155
Matt Miller, B/R: Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State
Drafttek: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
In the fifth round, Miller chose to go with a different tight end, drafting Crockett Gillmore from Colorado State. He is a solid blocker with decent hands but is very likely a developmental player who will play most of his snaps on special teams over the first couple of seasons.
Drafttek went with an interesting selection, choosing to draft Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
He would likely become the eventual replacement for Matt Moore and could possibly develop to compete with Ryan Tannehill for the starting quarterback position as well.
My choice in the fifth round is a player who could be the steal of the draft if he falls this far.
Now that he is likely going to miss a full season, his stock has dropped considerably. However, that doesn't change the fact that he is capable of being a perennial Pro Bowler at the guard position once he returns to full health.
If I'm Miami, I jump at the chance of taking Thomas at such a discounted price, even if it means waiting a year to get him on the field.
My pick: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
Sixth Round, No. 190
Matt Miller, B/R: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Drafttek: Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State
In this round, Miller chose to go with Seantrel Henderson, who is physically one of the largest players in the draft.
At 6'7" and 331 pounds, Henderson is a mountain of a man who is one of the major question marks as far as where he is going to end up going.
On one hand, he is a talented player with a ton of potential. However, he has many red flags, both due to injuries and character concerns as he missed several games due to suspensions and back problems while at Miami.
Regardless, this would be a very good value pick for the Dolphins. At this point, he would be a very low-risk, high-reward player.
Drafttek meanwhile waited until the sixth round to pick its first offensive lineman, going with Kadeem Edwards. He has great size and length but is very raw in his technique and is more of a project than an instant contributor.
For my selection, I am going with a player who should replace Daniel Thomas this season and could possibly develop into the starter next year.
At 6'0" and 209 pounds, Storm Johnson is a big running back with a unique combination of power and agility.
He is very good at fighting for extra yards but is also capable of making a big play or two as well. He would be a great complement to Moreno and Miller in the backfield.
My pick: Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
Seventh Round, No. 234
Matt Miller, B/R: Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky
Drafttek: Marquis Spruill, LB, Syracuse
This late in the draft, the Dolphins can go in any direction with this pick.
All three of us decided to go defense, with Miller choosing safety Jonathan Dowling—a very good athlete who has plenty of raw potential.
Marquis Spruill—Drafttek's selection—is a bit of an unknown as he only played two seasons at Syracuse. He has been billed as a high-motor guy with noticeable quickness and range.
With my final selection, I am choosing the eventual replacement to Matt Moore with quarterback David Fales.
He is a quick decision-maker and is very solid at reading the defense pre-snap and adjusting the play to get his team in the right spot. He is similar to Chad Pennington in that he is a smart player but doesn't have a strong enough arm to make all the throws.
However, he is capable of filling in if needed and holding his own, so long as the coaches put him in the right situations.
My pick: David Fales, QB, San Jose State