Miami Dolphins daily mock draft Wednesday edition

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PhinPhanatic’s daily edition of mock drafts rolls on in Wednesday’s 4/11 edition, and the Dolphins get a top quarterback to fall right in their laps at pick 11.

We continue on this Wednesday, April 11th, of PhinPhanatic’s daily edition of seven round mock drafts leading all the way up to the big event. PhinPhanatic’s lead writer, Brian Miller, kicked things off yesterday with his edition, using the Fanspeak mock draft simulator.

Brian made mention in his mock draft that simulators have their hiccups, and mine was no different. Just like in Brian’s mock draft, Lamar Jackson landed at the #3 overall spot to the Jets. Maybe Fanspeak knows something we don’t, but then it makes you laugh when you consider how much the Jets gave the Colts in that trade to move up three spots.

For my mock draft, I too used the “difficult” level, but with the NFL Draft Scout big board. I chose the Fanspeak option for team needs. Keep in mind that all the other teams picks were auto picked, and not chosen by actual people. Trades were not a part of the simulation. Let’s take a look at how the results played out.

Round 1 (11 overall) – Josh Rosen – QB

Just like in Tuesday’s edition, Miami lands a quarterback in the first round. Only this time it’s Rosen instead of Baker Mayfield, who went to the Giants at #2 in this simulator. Josh Allen went to the Bills a pick later so if there are no trades made within the first ten picks, the Dolphins very well could see a quarterback or two left on the board.

Round 2 (42 overall) – Leighton Vander Esch – LB

Not surprisingly, both Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds went off the board within the top 10. After that, however, linebackers faded off with only Rashaan Evans going to the Steelers before the Dolphins picked again. It’s highly unlikely that Vander Esch is available for Miami this far down as he has been skyrocketing up boards after an impressive Combine. If he is there, however, the Dolphins should race to the podium.

Round 3 (73 overall) – Hayden Hurst – TE

Both Brian and I have the same idea for the Dolphins in rounds 2 and 3. However, the likelihood that either player is available at these respective positions remains questionable at best. The Dolphins would have nailed Day 2 if it does pan out this way though. Miami is desperate for tight ends, and they have Hurst on their radar after visiting with him earlier today.

Round 4 (123 overall) – R.J. McIntosh – DT

Parting ways with Ndamukong Suh leaves a hole at defensive tackle, but it doesn’t mean Miami needs to take one early. The Dolphins drafted Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor last season, and they have Jordan Phillips playing in a contract year. They can groom the hometown player McIntosh into a stronger player, and ease him into the rotation.

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Round 4 (131 overall) – John Kelly – RB

The Dolphins will look to add another running back to pair with Kenyan Drake and newly signed Frank Gore, and this is the draft to do it. Kelly is one of my favorite running backs in this draft so I, personally, would be very happy with this selection. In most drafts, Kelly would probably be a Day 2 selection, but with such a strong group of running backs in 2018, round four is an expected landing spot for him.

Round 6 (209 overall) – Siran Neal – S

The Dolphins need some help at safety, but unless they land Derwin James in the first round, I’d expect them to not address it until Day 3. In this simulation, James went one spot ahead of the Dolphins at #10 to the Raiders. The knock on Neal is that he played at a small school in Jacksonville State, but he does well in covering tight ends, and can play anywhere in the secondary, if needed.

Round 7 (227 overall) – Dorian O’Daniel – LB

Look for the Dolphins to double down at linebacker in this draft, and with O’Daniel, Miami can snag a fantastic special teams player in the process. O’Daniel comes from a winning culture (there’s that word again) too at Clemson, which includes a national championship in 2016. There’s a good chance he’ll be off the board beforehand, but this is solid value for the Dolphins if he’s still available.

Round 7 (229 overall) – Tanner Carew – C

The Dolphins re-signed long snapper John Denney a month ago for his 14th season, but how much does the veteran have left? Miami could look for his potential replacement with their final pick. Long snappers are rarely drafted, but Carew is viewed as one of the best to be had in a long time that should have a lengthy career in the NFL.