If the draft board falls well for the Dolphins, Scenario 1 will allow the team to select CB Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson). This pick
would give Miami three starting-caliber boundary corners and gives Tankersley a year to get acclimated to the NFL before taking over for Byron Maxwell in 2018.
Other players available here include DE Jordan Willis and G Dorian Johnson, both are also highly regarded by the Dolphins, but the Dolphins already got their DE in the first round and Tankersley’s ( INTs make him the kind of playmaker and the “best player available” which are both huge priorities for the Dolphins front office.
In Scenario 2 I overrode my personal feelings and bypassed Willis in favor of DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama). There is no doubt that Willis would be a great pick here, and I don’t see the fuss over
Tomlinson, but most analysts see a player that is dominant against the run and that is a trait sorely needed in Miami.
Ndamakong Suh and Jordan Phillips are the only quality defensive tackles currently on the roster and Phillips seems best suited to playing a part-time role so rotating him with Tomlinson would greatly help Miami’s 30th ranked run defense.