The 2014 combine is in the books, and NFL prospects have had a chance to prove their worth to the 32 NFL teams. They will have another shot to either boost or decrease their stocks at their pro-days and personal workouts before the 2014 NFL Draft. Before the combine, I posted my first attempt at a mock draft for our Miami Dolphins. Not surprisingly, much has changed post-combine and my mock has changed too. Here is my second attempt at a complete 7 round mock draft for the Miami Dolphins.
Round 1, Pick 19: Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama (Previous Pick: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame)
I see the ‘Fins going after a left tackle in Free Agency, whether it be Branden Albert, Eugene Monroe, or someone else. I would prefer to see Miami trade down with this pick and maybe add a second or third rounder, but ultimately I think they will pull the trigger on another bookend tackle to compliment their FA addition. Kouandijo has the size and experience to be a franchise tackle in this league. Miami’s line will need a vast makeover, and with new OL coach John Benton at the helm, look for the ‘Phins to load up in the trenches in this draft.
Round 2, Pick 18: Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame (Previous Pick: Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU)
Tuitt is a monster at 6 foot 5, 304 pounds. He benched an incredible 31 reps at the combine, and would compliment Jared Odrick and A.J. Francis along the ‘Fins’ D-Line. Chances are Miami will let either Randy Starks or Paul Soliai go (if not both). It would do them some good to bring in a hole-plugging lineman that can also get to the QB. Tuitt’s value and potential make him a great pick for the Dolphins.
Round 3, Pick 17: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman (Previous Pick: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, GT)
Like I mentioned before, expect Miami to load up on offensive linemen, especially guards. Dozier is a lean and quick guy, listed at 6 foot 4, 315 pounds. He would fit perfectly in Miami’s zone blocking scheme. He would be a nice addition to a depleted offensive line. Great run blocker and not a bad pass protector. Would need to work on his pass protection, but is by no means a push-over.
Round 4, Pick 16: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (Previous Pick: James Wilder Jr. RB, FSU)
Jean-Baptiste has the build of a WR at 6 foot 3, 218 pounds, and even played WR at Nebraska before switching over. After a mediocre combine, his draft stock should fall, but only slightly, making him available in the fourth round. I think he would be a great addition to a group of Dolphin corner backs riddled by injuries. The secondary was very average other than star Brent Grimes. Miami may also be tempted to draft Jean-Baptiste and convert him into a safety should Chris Clemons not be re-signed. Jean-Baptiste is a freak athlete who would be able to cover the bigger wide receivers in the league.
Round 5, Pick 15: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford (Previous Pick: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers)
Running back is possibly the deepest position in this draft, and Gaffney’s great combine should up his stock. Hopefully he will still be available in the 5th round (I think he will be), and the 5 foot 11, 220 pound bruiser (who notably ran a 4.49 forty) is exactly what Miami needs at the running back position. His combination of speed and power and his ability to run low to the ground will make him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Throw in his soft pass-catching hands and his ability to run block and the Dolphins have found their franchise back.
Round 6, Pick 14: Russell Bodine, OG, North Carolina (Previous Pick: Brandon Linder, OG, Miami)
No surprise to see Miami go with another lineman with this pick. Bodine fits Miami’s zone blocking scheme (6 foot 3, 310 pounds) and plays low to the ground to gain leverage. He is a fantastic run-blocker and a good pass protector. His 42 bench reps at the combine signify his natural strength, and Bodine would be a nice addition to the Dolphin O-Line.
Round 7, Pick 19: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (Previous Pick: Dontae Johnson, FS, N.C. State)
Janis has great size at 6 foot 3, 22o pounds. The really impressive part about this receiver? He ran a 4.42 forty yard dash, benched 20 reps and had a 37 inch vertical. He is freak athlete with soft hands. The reason he is so low on most boards is the lack of competition in his conference. That being said, Janis’s athletic ability and talent go without saying. I would love to see Miami take a chance on him and if all else fails, bring him in to compete with KR/PR Marcus Thigpen on special teams while also serving as the ‘Phins; 4th or 5th receiver.
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