Miami Dolphins 7 round mock draft
By Brian Miller
The NFL Draft is still more than two months away but it will be here quickly for the Miami Dolphins. With so much to do this off-season, nailing the draft will go a long way in turning the team into something far more successful.
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This years draft will be orchestrated by three primary individuals. New head coach Adam Gase, new general manager Chris Grier, and football czar Mike Tannenbaum. How well the three work together will determine the quality of the players that are drafted. In the last two seasons the draft has been primarily the job of Dennis Hickey and while Hickey managed to escape Miami with an o.k. draft record he can be lauded for finding Jarvis Landry. The best 2nd round pick in the last ten years.
With several positional holes to fill it’s out of the question that Miami can find starters for each of those holes. This years free agency will be important in this process. Finding solid and capable starters to fill one or two holes will allow the Dolphins to cast a wider net when the draft arrives.
Myles Jack – Linebacker – UCLA
In 2015, Jack tore his ACL and missed his final season. Many believe that because of this his stock will drop. And it very well may. Tearing an ACL is not as bad as it used to be and players are recovering faster than ever before. Ideally, the Dolphins may want to look at trading down in the draft and gaining another selection on day two of the draft. The Dolphins have a lot of holes and while Jack is the top linebacker prospect and a big need for the Dolphins, Miami could fill another need and still get a linebacker like Reggie Ragland or Jaylon Smith later in the first round.
Trading down makes a lot of sense, especially if the top players are indeed off the board like expected. Another name to watch is Vernon Hargreaves, III. The Dolphins need to fix their secondary and may be looking for two starting cornerbacks by draft day. Like Jack however, Hargreaves is a player that can be had a little later in round one if he is not on the board if the Dolphins moved back Mackensie Alexander may be and some believe that he will be the better corner.
The Dolphins could also look to the defensive line or for an edge rusher with their first pick but in reality, none of those players stand out as a worthy selection at 8th overall.
Last five 1st round picks
2015 – DeVante Parker – 14th pick: Parker was limited last season due to his recovery from injury, something Miami needs to consider with Myles Jack as well. When Parker was finally healthy and started seeing more playing time, he showed a lot of flash to his potential.
2014 – Ja’Wuan James – 19th pick: It’s hard to say what James will bring to the Dolphins. He was average in his rookie season and missed most of last season with a toe injury. Whether James is an answer on the right outside tackle position, the Dolphins suffered tremendously with him out.
2013 – Dion Jordan – 3rd pick: Jordan played minimal snaps his rookie year and in year two made no impact. Last season he sat out under suspension. Jordan is a complete unknown at this point and it’s unclear if he will be on the roster in 2016.
2012 – Ryan Tannehill – 8th pick: Tannehill is entering a crucial 2016 season. After posting back-to-back 4,000 yard seasons, there are a lot of questions surrounding his future despite the signing of an extension prior to last season.
2011 – Mike Pouncey – 16th pick: Pouncey has been named to the Pro-Bowl three of his five seasons and was given a contract extension prior to the 2014 season.
Next: Round 2