Miami Dolphins mock draft has one QB dropping to Miami

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Baker Mayfield
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Baker Mayfield /

The 2018 NFL Draft is just nine days away, and speculation as to what Miami will do is all over the place.

There are talks that the Miami Dolphins interest in moving up in the 2018 NFL Draft to select a quarterback are heating up. The most likely trade partner is Indianapolis at #6, who would be glad to trade out of the top 10 in order to pick up additional picks.

If a trade does happen though, it’s not expected to happen until draft day. In the meantime, we continue to mock Miami at the #11 spot, along with their seven other selections throughout the draft. If the draft went down the way our mock draft played out today, there would be no need for Miami to move up. In today’s simulation, we used the NDT Scouting – Jonah Tuls big board with Draftplex team needs on difficult level.

Round 1 – Baker Mayfield – QB

The Dolphins have expressed their strong interest (whether real or not) in Mayfield for weeks now leading up to the draft. My belief is that the interest is very real, and although it’s a toss up where exactly Mayfield lands, it’s a safe bet he doesn’t get past 11.

Round 2 – Maurice Hurst – DT

Miami will look to add some help at defensive tackle after letting go of Ndamukong Suh, but they don’t necessarily have to address it right away. If Hurst is there for the taking in the 2nd round, however, they can ill afford to pass on his potential.

Round 3 – Malik Jefferson – LB

The Dolphins probably don’t want to wait until the third round to grab a linebacker, but they get lucky in this simulation with Jefferson still on the board. They likely won’t be as lucky come the draft, however, as he’s expected to be taken somewhere in rounds 1 or 2.

Round 4 – Ian Thomas – TE

Just as is the case with linebacker, Miami is not going to want to wait for a tight end until the fourth round, but I think Thomas fits in nicely with Miami, and realistically, could possibly be had for them in the third round.

Round 4 – Jerome Baker – LB

In previous mock drafts, I’ve repeatedly stated to not take these things seriously. Case in point, Baker is a Day 2 talent that likely won’t be available for the Dolphins this late in the draft. Miami very well could double-down at linebacker next weekend though, and they strongly do here by picking up Jefferson and Baker.

Round 6 – Bradley Bozeman – C

When in doubt, roll tide. It’s rare to ever go wrong with picking up an Alabama product, and Miami will look to continue beefing up their offensive line.

Round 7 – Justin Jackson – RB

I still think the Dolphins will find a way to add C.J. Anderson to the mix, which would all but eliminate them from adding a running back. Whether they do so before or after the draft though affects things. Should they decide to take one late, Jackson is a Miami native that could contribute on third downs, despite his lack of size.

Round 7 – Afolabi Laguda – S

The Dolphins lost one of their best special teams players in Michael Thomas to free agency. They can fill that void, however, with their final selection in Laguda, who would have a great shot at a final roster spot as a strong special teams contributor.

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