NFL Miami Dolphins Mock Draft Of The Week: Post Super Bowl
By Brian Miller
Playoffs? Check. Super Bowl? Check. Season over? Check. Time to move on and with moving on comes the realization that the draft is only a short three months away. Hey believe me time will fly. This week we bring a new mock draft to the table for our weekly mock draft that will likely turn into more than one featured mock draft each week as the off-season rages on.
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Josh Sanchez of Fansided.com takes another stab at the mock draft and he has made a change with the pick for the Miami Dolphins. I would like to think that my critique of his last mock draft may have swayed his opinion at least a little bit. Knowing Josh however he likely came to the conclusion on his own, he’s a pretty smart dude.
Last week Sanchez had the Dolphins taking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. It’s a luxury pick that the Dolphins can’t really afford given the needs at other places. This week however Sanchez hit his pick for the Dolphins and Dolphins fans should hope that this comes to fruition.
With that 14 pick made by Sanchez, er, the Miami Dolphins, the team selects Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson.
"The Miami Dolphins’ defense has been in search of an impact player on the defensive side of the ball for years. In this year’s draft class, no one fits the bill better than the Washington standout, who made a name for himself in college football for his knack for making those big plays that could impact games. If Thompson can continue to do that at the next level, the Dolphins will have the kind of player that they have spent years searching for."
There is no question that the Dolphins need linebacker help. They need a guy who can tackle, hit, make plays both down field and behind the line. They need a guy that can grow into a leader and someone they can build the defense around. Thompson could be that guy.
Selecting Thompson would go a long way in fixing the unit as he would join the up and coming Jelani Jenkins giving the Dolphins a potent linebacking group with Koa Misi on the outside and perhaps Dion Jordan playing the roaming DE/LB hybrid we saw with Jason Taylor.
The pick would be a smart one but there is a lot of time between now and the draft and a lot of other options that the team and the fans will be looking at. For now though, Sanchez got this one right.