Top 5 players who could be Dolphins by days end

Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) react following Elliot
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) react following Elliot /

The Miami Dolphins will pick 13th unless they trade up or down. One thing is for certain, or maybe not, by the end of the night, the Dolphins will have a new toy to shape and mold.

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It’s highly unlikely but always possible that the Dolphins the trade out of round one. They have too many needs to simply let a top prospect leave via a trade out. Still, stranger things have happened. The more likely outcome will be the Dolphins trading up not out. They are rumored to enamored with LB Myles Jack and RB Ezekiel Elliot and moving up may be the only way to get them.

Even without a trade, the Dolphins could be in a position at 13 to draft one of the two. Jack’s knee issues are rumored to be a serious concern for many of the teams in the top 10 and that could drop him to 13 where the Dolphins are fine with the medical reports. Last year the Dolphins drafted De’Vante Parker despite concerns over his foot. Parker missed all of the off-season work and training camp but Miami’s patience paid off and he caught 26 passes in the final weeks of the 2015 season.

Looking at tonights draft, which we will broadcast live on OnTheFinSide Miami will still have options if both players are off the board and here are five of those possibilities not named Elliot or Jack.

Vernon Hargreaves, III

Hargreaves is considered a top 10 pick who will likely go to Tampa Bay at pick nine. The Buc’s need corner help but they have other needs as well and as the draft approaches there is a lot of talk that they may go offense or defensive line. If that happens, Hargreaves could fall to 13 and would be an excellent option for the Dolphins at 13.

William Jackson, III

The Dolphins must like 3rd generation players this year. Jackson, out of Houston is a big strong corner back who is able to keep up with receivers on most routes. Jackson is a top selection for the Dolphins in many mock drafts and is who I believe Miami will select if Hargreaves, Elliot, and Jack are off the board.

Eli Apple

Apple has ascended the draft boards for many clubs but there are some concerns with the way he played at the college level. Specifically his inability to not grab opposing receivers jerseys. While it’s a small coachable problem, other scouts in the NFL believe Apple to be a late round selection so 13 could be too high for him.

Reggie Ragland

The Dolphins need linebacker help and Ragland lacks only the God given leadership that you look for in a linebacker. He is solid against the run and the pass and has very good instincts with smart pursuit angles. Ragland could develop the leadership Miami needs at the position.

Jack Conklin

There are some in the NFL circles that believe Miami’s real target is offensive tackle Jack Conklin. Conklin can enter the NFL now and start at guard eventually moving to the tackle position. Drafting Conklin fills a big need and secures the teams future at tackle. Miami would then have to focus on corner back in the 2nd round and linebacker in the 3rd where Scooby Wright, III is expected to be drafted. If Miami feels they can land CB’s Artie Burns, Mackensie Alexander, or Xavien Howard in round two, OT/G may be the pick at 13.

Other names to watch

Any of the players at defensive end are possibilities despite not a major priority. Some believe Alexander could be taken at 13 but many believe that to be a reach.

The bigger question is will Miami trade up? It’s always possible with Mike Tannenbaum who has done that in the past with the Jets. Tonights draft should be interesting and the above names, including Elliot and Jack are players to watch this evening.