Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Zach Baun, Wisconsin
James Lynch, Baylor
Curtis Weaver, Boise State
Bradley Anae, Utah
Depending on what the Dolphins desire in a pass rusher, there is a player to meet their needs. Gross-Matos, Epenesa, Lynch, and Anae all have the mass needed to hold up against the run in either a 3-4 or 4-3 DE scheme while also showing the ability to get to the passer.
Prediction: Gross-Matos and Epenesa: Early/mid-round 2. —Anae/Lynch: Late 2nd/early 3rd.
Baun and Weaver, on the other hand, aren’t built to set the edge against the run. Their best use is standing rushing the passer.
Prediction: Baun Middle round 2; Weaver Late 2/Early 3
Ross Blacklock, TCU
Jordan Elliott, Missouri
Raekwon Davis, Alabama
I don’t suspect that the Dolphins will be prioritizing DT/NT this early in the draft but if they do, these three clearly fit what the Dolphins want out of the position.
Blacklock was projected by many to go in round one but runs at other positions pushed him out. Blacklock is best used as a DT who’s set loose to find the QB and if the running back happens to get the ball, tackle him instead. Not the best fit for a 3-4 NT but if Flores wants to go 4-3 and put Blacklock next to Wilkins, they could cause chaos for opponents. Prediction: Early/mid-round 2 to 4-3 team.
Unlike Blacklock, Elliott is better suited to control the inside gaps in a 3-4 scheme and let the linebackers flow to the tackles but also possesses the ability to fire after the QB if asked. Projection: Early round 2 to a primarily 3-4 defensive team.
Raekwon Davis can be as good as he wants to be. He has the size, strength and pass rush moves needed to disrupt both the pass and run. The problem is that his ‘motor’ isn’t always turned on so his production has been spotty throughout his college career. If Flores can motivate him, Davis could be a future Pro Bowler. Projection: Late 2nd/3rd round.