Miami gets a QB in Sunday’s mock draft

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh Allen
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh Allen /

The Dolphins would really like for a quarterback to fall them on Thursday night. In today’s mock draft, they get exactly that, but is it the player they really want?

The Miami Dolphins haven’t made it a secret that they want to take a quarterback early in the 2018 NFL Draft, and that they’re even willing to trade up in the draft to get one. There is the chance that one or more falls to them at 11, and in today’s mock draft simulator that’s exactly the case.

We continue on with our daily seven-round mock drafts for the Dolphins with the latest Sunday edition. Using the Fanspeak simulator, I chose to use the big board of Matt Miller from Bleacher Report and the Fanspeak team needs on difficult level. Here’s a round out for today’s results.

Round 1 – Josh Allen – QB

Personally, I’m not high on Allen, but I could be proven wrong with time. I’m not sure how the Dolphins really feel about him either as they have been repeatedly linked to Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen. With a few players still left available on this board that Miami is high on, there is the chance they may want to find a trade partner who is willing to take Allen in this spot. I don’t think the Dolphins would be willing to let him slip to Buffalo right behind them.

Round 2 – Hayden Hurst – LB

The Dolphins have already brought Hurst in for a visit, and they appear to be very high on him. It’s possible they have him listed right behind Dallas Goedert on their big board. With Goedert already off the board, this is an easy decision, and solid addition for Miami.

Round 3 – Darius Leonard – LB

Miami can’t wait around any longer to take a linebacker so they’re very fortunate for Leonard to still be there for them at this point. Leonard comes from a small school, but he should be a starter quickly in the NFL. The Dolphins would benefit nicely having Leonard as their outside linebacker.

Round 4 – Trenton Thompson – DT

If Thompson remains available for the Dolphins in the 4th, they should rush quickly to scoop him up. Provided he can stay healthy, this becomes a steal for Miami. Thompson would fit nicely into the defensive rotation, and likely become the eventual starter at some point.

Round 4 – Royce Freeman – RB

There is a crop of running backs that the Dolphins have to choose from in this draft. Freeman is the best option left available for them in the fourth, which is right around where I expect them to take one. He is a good mix between Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore from what I can tell, allowing himself to fit nicely into Miami’s scheme.

Round 6 – Dorian O’Daniel – LB

Miami would probably benefit from taking a couple of linebackers in this draft. They benefit greatly here with O’Daniel still on the board. O’Daniel still has some things he needs to work on, but he excels in coverage, which Miami needs a lot of help with.

Round 7 – Tray Matthews – S

Miami needs to add some safety help for sure. If a Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick falls to them in the first I can’t see the Dolphins passing up either player, but if not, Matthews is a great option in the late rounds.

Round 7 – Coleman Shelton – C

I don’t want the Dolphins to wait until their very last pick to finally address the offensive line, but with more pressing needs that’s how this simulation fell. The good news is that Shelton is the type of player they can fit in anywhere on the line, although center is probably best for him.

Next: Dolphins land linebacker in Saturday's mock draft