Alas, the NFL Draft is closing in on us Miami Dolphins fans!
Although rumors have been swirling that Miami has been engaging in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire LT Branden Albert, no deal has been reported.
That being said, it’s time to re-work our seven-round mock draft!
Here is a link to the previous version: http://phinphanatic.com/2013/03/28/miami-dolphins-7-round-mock-draft-1-0/
Round 1 (12) – Jonathan Cooper – Guard – North Carolina
Cooper is the most logical choice if Miami chooses to stand pat at number-twelve in the first round. The former North Carolina Tar-Heel is incredibly athletic and is one of the best guards to enter the pros in recent memory. Sure the team needs a pass rusher or corner, but the draft is incredibly deep at those positions this year. The 6’3” 311 pound athletic guard is not a “sexy” choice, but it IS the right one (even IF the team deals for Albert…).
Round 2 (42) – Jamar Taylor – Corner – Boise State
In my previous mock, I went with Blidi Wreh-Wilson here ( I was riding his band wagon, but it has tampered off in recent weeks..) but Taylor should be the pick at 42 if he is still available. Taylor has incredible ability to be a lock-down corner in this league. Very aggressive on the line against opposing receivers and will get involved in the run game when need be.
Round 2 (54) – Quanterus Smith – Defensive End – Western Kentucky
If you asked me to use one word to describe Smith I would choose the word “explosive.” Quanterus Smith has an incredibly quick first step. It’s simply amazing in my eyes. While some may question his production versus the level of competition, that did not stop Dallas from taking a chance on a former Sun-Belt pass rusher. Nor did it stop New York from taking a shot on another former Sun-Belt guy (We’re talking about DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyoria here). At 6’5” 250 pounds, Smith may have to bulk up a bit to become a “force”. But this kid is the real deal..
Don’t believe me? Take a look here.
Smith beats Alabama Tackle D.J. Fluker terribly! Yes, D.J. Fluker a potential top-15 pick next week…
Round 3 (77) – Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Corner – Connecticut
Man, call me silly but I had this guy going in the top-end of round two in my previous version. Wreh-Wilson is a tough guy to evaluate. You either love him, or you hate him. While I love the kid, I’m not sure WHERE exactly to peg him. If he’s still available at 77, Miami should waste no time sending the pick in. Some may say that Wreh-Wilson is more of a press cover corner, but the former UConn stand-out has some experience in zone and could develop into an excellent number-two corner for the team.
Round 3 (82) – Oday Aboushi – Tackle/Guard – Virginia
Many may point out Aboushi’s terrible 5.45 forty-yard dash at the combine. Sure in a ZBS that is awful for a tackle, but I’m not taking this kid as a tackle…That’s right I’m doubling down on guards. My reasoning is that I believe John Jerry is a better tackle than he is a guard and I’d much rather see the team take a shot with free agent right tackle Eric Winston than anyone else in this draft (Including Branden Albert AND I don’t see Lane Johnson making it past Arizona at 7..). Anywho, I value Aboushi as guard but his versatility gives Miami choices. Jeff Ireland has made it clear that he will attempt to add depth to both sides of the line of scrimmage during the draft and he LOVES offensive linemen that can play multiple positions. Aboushi fits that bill.
Round 4 (111) – Josh Boyce – Wide Receiver – TCU
In my previous version I had Miami taking a shot with Tennessee Wide Receiver Justin Hunter. While I would love Hunter, I’m feeling that he will not get out of the first-round. While the team really doesn’t “need” to add a wide receiver, Boyce would be an excellent pick-up here. I love this kid’s speed and slot ability. Yes, slot ability. It saddens me to say this, but Davone Bess’ time in Miami is coming to an end. Boyce may not beat Bess out for the slot job during training camp, but I wouldn’t expect Miami to bring Bess back after the 2014 season ends (his contract will be up)…
Round 5 (146) – Michael Buchanan – Defensive End – Illinois
Another pass rusher!? Yes. Buchanan is a physical FREAK. 6’5” 255 pounds with 34 inch arms and runs a sub 4.8 forty-yard dash. Sign me up baby. Cameron Wake is starting to get up there in age and the team must load up on pass rushers for the future. Buchanan’s stock has taken a hit due to poor showing on tape. You see flashes of brilliance and then the kid is nowhere to be found. Miami will take a look at Buchanan as a developmental guy. If this kid works on bulking up (hit about 270-280), technique and adding some pass rushing moves to his game he could help Miami’s pass rush ten fold.
Round 5 (166) – Knile Davis – Running Back – Arkansas
Adding Davis this late would be a steal in my eyes. Davis had a stellar career at the University of Arkansas before injuring his ankle and breaking his collar bone two-years ago. While Davis had a spectacular showing at the NFL Combine, many teams are questioning whether or not he can be a starting caliber NFL running back due to his injury history. Enter Miami. Miami does not need Davis to be the starting tailback toting the rock twenty to thirty times a game. Davis and Miller would compliment each other quite well.
Round 7 (217) – Michael Williams – Tight End – Alabama
I’m not ready to give up on Michael Egnew just yet. Hell, the team spent a third-round pick on the kid. Missouri used Egnew as a joker/wide receiver type player, so blocking was an issue. But we knew this when the team drafted him. Williams is one of the draft’s best blocking tight ends, but has little to no effect in the passing game. Could possibly be asked to move to tackle eventually..
Round 7 (224) – Jordan Rodgers – Quarterback – Vanderbilt
Nothing special to talk about here, really. Miami could stand to add a young quarterback to it’s roster to develop with Matt Moore aging and possibly looking for greener pastures in the next few years. Miami is unsure of what they really have in Pat Devlin as a back-up.
Round 7 (250) – Onterio McCalebb – Wide Receiver/Running Back/Return Specialist – Auburn
Before you throw something at me, hear me out. Miami already has a dynamic receiver in Mike Wallace. They already have a speed back in Lamar Miller. Hell, they also have a great returner in Marcus Thigpen. McCalebb is not going to be a team’s “guy” at any position. But his speed is incredible. McCalebb is reminiscent of Dexter McCluster in a way. Incredibly versatile and top-notch speed. But is insanely skinny (5’10” 165 pounds). If McCalebb can add muscle to his frame and get himself into the 180-190 range, there’s no reason he cannot be an intricate part of an offense in today’s speed oriented game.
I will leave you with this….
Well, there it is my friends. No, this is not my FINAL mock.
Check back Thursday to see my final Miami Dolphins Seven-Round Mock Draft!
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