Who I think: C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
Mosley has the instincts that Miami’s defense was clearly lacking last year. With this pick last year’s MLB Dannell Ellerbe moves to the WLB, which moves Philip Wheeler over to the SLB to compete with Koa Misi for the starting gig. Picking Mosley at 19 would instantly upgrade all three linebacker positions and would add another dimension to a very good defense. Mosley has top-ten talent, but durability concerns coupled with concerns about his pro potential have caused his stock to fall a bit. Mosley becoming a Dolphin would be a blessing in disguise.
Who I want: C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
I have been banging my hand on the table for months now that C.J. Mosley needs and should be the guy for Miami in round one. Sure a guy such as Notre Dame’s Zack Martin would be nice, but it’s unrealistic for Martin to fall to 19 at this point given his ability to play all 5 positions along the offensive line. There is no reason for Miami to reach for a right tackle here at 19 such as Virginia’s Morgan Moses, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, or even Tennessee’s Ja’Wuan James. No reason to over-draft a guard such as UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo either. Take the best player on the board in Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and build up a strong defense in a division with Tom Brady.
Choices at 19:
A few choices I would ponder at 19 are the obvious if they fall in Michigan’s OT Taylor Lewan, Notre Dame’s OT/G Zack Martin, Oklahoma State’s CB Justin Gilbert, Alabama’s S HaSean Clinton-Dix, Pittsburgh’s DT Aaron Donald, UCLA’S OLB Anthony Barr and UNC’s TE Eric Ebron. If these players are indeed unavailable I think there are a few other choices that would be in consideration at 19 such as the player mentioned above in Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley, LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr., USC WR Marqise Lee, Oregon State’s WR Brandin Cooks, Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller, and Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier. Expect the unexpected Miami fans.