Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft

 

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With every passing day, the Miami Dolphins and the rest of the NFL are getting closer to the 2014 NFL Draft.  The draft will show the direction that this team is going in, and will give us our first glimpse of new General Manager Dennis Hickey’s plan to turn this franchise around.  Hickey’s success in this draft very well may determine his fate as a GM for this team in the future, coupled with his success in Free Agency.  While I think the Dolphins should draft the BPA (Best Player Available), here is my mock draft based on what I think the ‘Phins will do.  Keep in mind that this is simply a mock draft, and that there is very little chance that anyone will be able to predict Miami’s route until after they have drafted.  I mean seriously, who saw Miami selecting Oregon’s Dion Jordan (actually I did, but it was pure luck)  in last year’s draft ?

Round #1, Pick 19: Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame

If I had my way, Miami would trade down in the first round and pick up at least a second round pick.  There are plenty of teams who will be looking to trade up and grab one of the better QB’s or even one of the better pass rushers, something that the ‘Fins’ are not in high demand for.  Adding another second would be huge.  That being said, if Miami does stay at 19, I see them taking Martin.  Martin increased his stock at the Senior Bowl, and has a tremendous upside.  He could come in an start immediately on the line, bolstering what was easily Miami’s weakest subsection last season.  Case in point, Martin is “safe” and “makes sense.”

Round #2, Pick 18: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Assuming Miami does not re-sign both Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, they will need to add depth to what was one of their deepest positions last season.  Jernigan can do it all.  He is big enough at 6 foot 2, 298 pounds to clog the middle and wrestle down running backs, and he is fast and strong enough to break through the middle and get to opposing QB’s.  He could come in and immediately earn playing time while also learning behind either Starks and Soliai.

Round #3, Pick 17: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

Aside from the abysmal Offensive Line, Miami’s linebackers were the next worst part of the team.  Enter Attaochu, a 6 foot 3, 252 pound tackling machine.  He has improved on his coverage abilities, and has the athleticism to do it all in the NFL.  The best part?  His 4.68 speed helps him get to the QB.  He had 12 sacks last season.

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Round #4, Pick 16: James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State

Wilder Jr. could be Miami’s franchise back.  He is not only 6 foot 1, 229 pounds of pure athlete, but he showed that he can be an all-purpose back for FSU throughout his three years there.  He flew under QB Jameis Winston’s radar for much of the season, but Wilder Jr. has all of the necessary skills to be a starting RB in the NFL.  I would like to see the Dolphins take him and bring him in to compete with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas for the starting job.  He reminds me of a mix of both, with Millers’ explosiveness and Thomas’ toughness.

 

Round #5, Pick 15: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

This guy is a freak of nature.  He is 6 foot 5, 220 pounds and runs a 4.59 forty yard dash.  He finished second in Rutgers history with 19 TD catches, and is only a junior.  He is ranked so low because he struggles to get separation from defenders.  This can be taught.  His size alone is enough to make him a red-zone target for Ryan Tannehill, something Miami lacked last season.  Coleman would give the Dolphins size at the position and would only draw more attention away from Mike Wallace.

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Round #6, Pick 14: Brandon Linder, OG, Miami

Linder is a mountain of a man at 6 foot 6, 316 pounds.  He started for 3 and a half years at the University of Miami, and would be a nice addition to a depleted ‘Fins’ offensive line.  He may not come in and start immediately, but with growth he could soon be a solid piece to a restructured offensive line.  He blocked for a Hurricanes Offense that averaged over 400 yards of total offense a game.

 

Round #7, Pick 19: Dontae Johnson, FS, North Carolina State

If Miami doesn’t resign FA safety Chris Clemons, it will leave a huge whole in their already average secondary.  Hopefully, Miami will resign CB Brent Grimes, but will not likely pursue a safety in FA in order to save cap space.  Enter Johnson, a rangy 6 foot ball-hawk with 4.5 speed.  In 2013, Johnson had 81 total tackles and 3 INT’s.  With some grooming, he could be a future starter and potential stud in this league.

As of now, these are the picks I see the Miami Dolphins making come this April.  They are likely to change as we get closer to the draft, but it is always fun to see the differences in what we “experts” choose now versus what we say will happen closer to the draft.  Please feel free to leave any comments or opinions in the comment section below! Happy drafting and remember to keep those

FINS UP!

 

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins, Mock Draft

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  • tpl

    I don’t see Miami drafting a DT, at least not in round 2. Especially with AJ Francis and Aaitui on the roster. Definitely love the idea of a trade down for another second round pick. Miami certainly needs a back to compete with Thomas and Wilder is a good one. I think its a very good draft.

    • Eric Roddy

      Thanks for the support! As for the DT, Aaitui has not played at all, and has been injured for the majority of his short career. Is he worth not drafting a known player? As for Francis, he is much more of a threat an option to start. I am just hoping Miami will draft someone to come in and compete with Francis should Starks not be retained. Aaitui won’t do it, and Francis should not be starting without a little competition. Jernigan is the next big thing, you heard it hear first! haha

  • TylerMcMullen

    Very solid draft, Eric. I like it. I like Easley a bit more than Jernigan (plus I think TJ is going round one). But I love the rest of the picks, especially Wilder Jr. (He’s my guy!) and Coleman would be a very, very nice player to add to this offense. Very solid, sir!

    • Eric Roddy

      Just realized how high Jernigan will go, can’t believe I messed that one up haha! Thanks for the support though Tyler. Wilder Jr. could be the next big back in this league. He has Thomas’ size and is just shy of Miller’s speed. I really hope he falls to us. Looking forward to seeing your next mock.

      • TylerMcMullen

        Oh man, I’d love to have Wilder Jr. on the team. He is a physical freakk.

        • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

          You ain’t lying. Wilder is a stud and if I had it my way we would trade back into third for this guy. Any team desperate for RB will not let this guy outta the third and maybe even take him in the second

          • Eric Roddy

            Hope he falls, lotta god RB’s in this draft. There is a chance he falls. Would be nice to have him!

  • Brad Casson

    We need to draft a linebacker instead in the 2nd round and one that fits well in our scheme. Definitely Ryan Shazier he’s a monster. I encourage everyone to check him out. I really like the idea of taking Wilder Jr

    • Eric Roddy

      Thanks, Brad. I agree on the need to draft a LB, but I think we should make sure the value is equal to the player, i.e. not reaching and not waiting. Shazier is a beast, hopefully he will be available when we pick in the 2nd. Thanks for the read.

  • Ian

    Pretty big assumption Jernigan falls that far. Don’t think he will, but would be absolute steal in 2nd

    • Eric Roddy

      very true ian, it was a minor blunder of mine having him fall that far. All we can do is hope, but fill Jernigan’s spot with Hageman or someone like that and we will be just as solid!

  • Patrick Keegan

    I think we should go with Resede Hagemen , the DT from Minnesota. Dudes a freak. 6′ 7″ and 330 lbs. Just think him Solia if resigned, and Odrick rotating would be a awesome set of players.

    Second round go for Cyril Richardson from Baylor. The guy can move and get to the 2nd level quick. He’s a guard.

    3rd round draft that huge corner from Nebraska, Jean-Baptiste. We need a huge DB to learn from Grimes.

    4th try to get Hyde from Ohio, Trade up if he is still on the board, which is a long shot. We do need a big back.

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      Great call there Patrick!!!!! Great approach and focus on a need which seems to be often ignored by mock drafts this off season and that is the fact we’re limping on one side of the secondary because either Patterson is out with injuries or Carroll’s play has been meh at best. Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a great pick in the 3rd. A local Miami product having played WR at one of the nation’s top 5 high schools, Miami Central High. NOTE: I was a fan of Aaron Colvin before his knee injury during the Senior Bowl week practices, which made me take a 2nd look at Jean-Baptiste.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I like the general approach your mock draft takes, although we have dissimilar players for the same pick. I am NOT a fan of trading down or up this season, I like where we sit in relation to our needs and also not a fan of BPA when we’re so close to a complete team exclusively from the draft leaving free agency to be, as it should, complementary and in a supplemental role. I love Martin, he was most impressive during the SR Bowl but his performance rose his ranking and I doubt, we’ll get him at 19. Understand DT but not on board with an OLB at this point at all. Why Wilder and not Freeman? Not that I disagree, just curious. The best for last LOVELOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brandon Coleman!!!!!!!!! A TALL WR!!!!!!! Our tallest receivers are no more than 6’3″ and one is injured and the other one on the practice squad (Bimms and Spadola). I have both Jean-Baptiste (from Patrick, one of your readers) and Coleman on my own mock drafts which obviously post on another site. One of the better mocks I have read… good stuff.Eric.

    • Eric Roddy

      Thanks Jules, as always good insight from a fan. I enjoy your twitter discussions as well.. Look for my article on Wilder Jr. (writing it now) to come out as to why I love the kid so much.

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