In one month the Miami Dolphins will have completed the majority of their off-season moves when the draft wraps in Philadelphia.
It’s important to know who the Dolphins might select but it’s more important to know why that player was selected. It’s not always easy to predict who goes where and why but it is a lot of fun to play G.M.
The Doplhins will enter the 2017 draft with a variety of holes that remain unfilled. Depth that needs to be addressed and somewhere they need to find starters for this year and for the future. This year the Dolphins, for now, enter with 7 draft picks and far more needs.
1st round: 22nd overall
2nd round: 54th overall
3rd round: 97th overall*
4th round: None
5th round: 166th overall, 178th*, 184th*
6th round: None
7th round: 223rd overall
Here is my post-free agency 7 round Miami Dolphins mock draft.
Round 1 – pick 22
The Dolphins would do themselves a favor by trading down. This is a deep draft for defensive players and some corners are projected starters as deep as round three. Defensive tackles and ends are also projected to run into late round two and early three as potential starters whle starting linebacker prospects could fall into mid-round two.
Trading down makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins given they lack a 3rd round pick prior to the compensatory selections. But I’m not going to trade down in this mock. So sticking at 22 the Dolphins take:
Forrest Lamp – Guard – Western Kentucky
Why? Despite the huge and obvious need for defensive help, Lamp is a day one starter that immediately improves the Dolphins offensive line. In fact, Lamp could make Miami’s Oline a top 10 line in the NFL. Jermon Bushrod and Ted Larsen would compete for the right guard spot and Lamp would line up next to Tunsil.
Lamp is well rounded and has the ability to pass protect and run block. He could be the most impactful player available when the Dolphins pick.
Other options are all on the defensive side of the ball where DE Taco Charlton has been mentioned as has versatile safety/linebacker Jabril Peppers from Michigan. Temple linebacker Hassan Reddick is also a possibility.