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Round 1: Pick 26: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
Trade details: Cleveland Browns trade picks 26 and 83 for pick 19, so they can move up for their quarterback.
As I projected in a mock draft earlier this week, I think Miami will take the highest-rated tackle on its board after moving down for what is essentially a free draft pick. The Shazier rumors could be a smokescreen, and ultimately improving the offense is more important. Get your right tackle in the opening round and then load up on other areas on Day 2.
Round 2: Pick 50: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
With Robinson, you’re getting a potential number with the size, speed, hands and yards after catch ability this offense is desperate for. He can come in and contribute as a rookie and challenge the current Dolphins receivers for a starting position.
Round 3: Pick 81: Billy Turner, OG, North Dakota State
By grabbing Turner, Miami lands a nasty road-grader with great athleticism to play right guard. All of a sudden, Miami’s position of need and weakness becomes a position with some depth and upside.
Round 3: Pick 83: Dri Archer, OW, Kent State
With the pick Miami received in the earlier trade, they take a swing on the diminutive Archer, who has incredible speed and quickness. He’s a threat to score every play and will likely take the backup tailback spot as well as replace Marcus Thigpen and Miami's return man. This would be a nice upgrade as Archer can lineup anywhere on the field and make an impact.
Round 4: Pick 116: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville
Brown is a thumper at middle linebacker. He brings nastiness and leadership to the position, thus potentially earning snaps early in his career. He is a bit stiff, which limits his coverage ability, but he’s smart and can contribute on special teams as well.
Round 5: Pick 155: Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall
Scott is the perfect developmental tackle for Miami. Now, with Albert and James, Scott can come in and provide depth and learn the nuances of the position. He’s a terrific athlete, with the upside to become a very good starting left tackle at some point. He needs to get stronger and work on his technique, but Miami can afford a high-potential pick at this stage.
Round 6: Pick 190: Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
Kevin Coyle doesn’t have much height to work with in the secondary, so getting him a zone-specialist like Richardson helps alleviate the size deficiency on the back end of the defense. Richardson could fall a little on draft day due to his lack of scheme versatility, but Miami will benefit from that.
Round 7: Pick 234: Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
The tight end class drops in quality after the top five guys, so Miami can wait until late on Day 3 and get Grimble, who has good size and athleticism. He’s nothing spectacular, but he can challenge Egnew and Sims.