The Miami Dolphins replace Shaq Lawson.
After trading Shaq Lawson to the Houston Texans, the Miami Dolphins have not replaced him. That is where former Pittsburgh edge defender Patrick Jones II comes into play. Jones II should be able to give you the production Lawson gave you, and you can likely get him in the fourth round.
Jones II is a terrific run defender, but he flashes potential as a pass rusher too. I really wanted to see how he did at his Pro Day, but he pulled his hamstring, so I think he will be available in Round 4.
The former Pittsburgh Panther had a productive senior season, ending with 12.5 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. He improved every year in college, and Miami would mold him into a starter they could trust on the edge.
The Miami Dolphins draft my favorite prospect late.
Miami may be rolling with the players they have now in the slot, but I think they should add some competition to the room. And I think that competition would end up becoming a household name and a starter for Miami, even though he is projected to be a later-round pick.
Every time I use The Draft Network’s mock drafty simulator, I am always amazed they have Darden available so late. I do not think he will last this late, and if I were Miami, I would move up in the draft to get him in the later rounds.
Darden is my draft crush, and he is going to be fun to watch in the NFL. According to PFF, among the draft eligible slot wide receivers, Darden is first in catches (210), receiving yards (2,493), yards after catch (1,377), and touchdowns (33).
He is awesome.
The Miami Dolphins add a rotational safety with their last pick.
Miami has not addressed the safety position all offseason, and I think they will stick with the guys they have for one more season. Bobby McCain was a possible cap casualty, but it seems that he has survived and will be back. McCain did play over 89% of the snaps, so it makes sense to bring him back.
With their final pick in this seven-round mock draft, Miami takes a safety that can contribute on special teams. Former Florida Gators safety Shawn Davis may never be the best player on the field, but he will work hard to be the best. He flies around the field and will hit you in the mouth. Flores will love his energy, and adding him late makes a ton of sense.