18: Kwitty Paye, EDGE, Michigan
With the 18th pick, Miami is going to bolster their pass rush.
With the impending departure of Kyle Van Noy, Miami now has a hole at linebacker. If Micah Parsons was available at 18, he may have been a better pick given the immediate need. Even with Miami needing another outside linebacker, they also need a player that can generate a consistent pass rush and Paye is the kind of guy who can do just that.
Paye is an explosive rusher who can easily play anywhere on the defensive line. He has the highest of motors and never stops fighting to make the tackle. He could easily offset the loss of sack production lost with moving on from Van Noy and could develop into a pass-rushing monster under the tutelage of Brian Flores.
36: Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State
Going into the second round of this mock, Miami has a ton of different options to compliment a strong first-round haul. It would make sense for Miami to reinforce the trenches a little bit even after the front office spent a lot of capital on linemen last season.
With this selection, the Dolphins get an accomplished guard. Wyatt Davis is a tough, physical lineman who could start from day one. Davis is a strong blocker and has a motor that keeps him engaged at the line longer than a lot of other prospects. If Miami were to take Davis, it might be the end of Ereck Flowers’ time in South Florida. Flowers was good last year for the Dolphins, but the ceiling is significantly higher for Davis, who could help provide quality for Tua Tagovailoa.