Miami Dolphins 7 round mock draft
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins have to be the worst or one of the worst teams in finding 2nd round talent. Sure, Jarvis Landry has been exceptional but he is the exception to the Dolphins 2nd round woes the last ten years or so. Miami needs to find not only the right player here but a day one starter as well.
Vadal Alexander – OG – LSU
There are a lot of people who believe that Alexander is a day one selection in 2016 but there are just as many people who believe that Alexander will slide into the early portion of round two. Vadal is a very good guard and would immediately upgrade a unit that has been underperforming for more than six seasons. Finding offensive line help is imperative this off-season. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the NFL the last four seasons and that needs to change.
Another name to watch is defensive end Shaq Lawson. Scouts and teams are mixed on where Lawson may go and it’s only to get more unclear as the draft approaches. Like Alexander, many believe that Lawson will a first round pick while others say 2nd. If Lawson is available when the Dolphins select in round two they would be hard pressed not take him especially considering their current state at defensive end with Olivier Vernon an impending free agent and Cam Wake coming off injury.
The last five 2nd round selections
2015 – Jordan Phillips: Phillips was a surprise pick last season and he didn’t see the field quite enough to warrant such a high selection. In the first quarter of the month, Phillips was playing better than the starters but Joe Philbin left him on the bench. He saw far more time when Earl Mitchell was injured. He still has a lot of on-field maturing to do.
2014 – Jarvis Landry: Landry has more receptions than any other NFL receiver over the span of his first two seasons than any other receiver in history. Last season he became the Dolphins all-time single season receptions leader.
2013 – Jamar Taylor: Taylor looked as though he was going to be a strong competitor at cornerback in 2014. His rookie season was marred with injuries and he didn’t have much of an impact. 2014 saw a turnaround and 2015 was supposed to be his season. Instead, he was benched for the last three games of the year and may not have a roster spot in 2016.
2012 – Jonathan Martin: We don’t even need to go here
2011 – Daniel Thomas: What makes this pick bad is not the fact that he is no longer with the Dolphins or the fact that while he was he did very little. It was the fact Miami traded up to get him.
Next: Round 3