Miami Dolphins three round mock draft stays mostly offensive
Craziness. This was my thought process after I heard about the trades that Chris Grier and Coach Flores implemented last week. In a span of 30 minutes, the Dolphins traded out of the top three and then traded back into the top ten. Excited, nervous, shocked, were the main reactions that all occurred in less than a minute.
Now that the dust has settled and the morning after hangover allows us to better understand the strategy that the Dolphins front office has conducted, you can see a team that is building a team unlike any other Miami Dolphin fans have seen before. That right there is amazing! This Dolphins team is not a few free agents and strong draft class away from the Super Bowl. The Dolphins are building from within and using smart decisions with respect to their salary cap and tenure.
All this grooming and refinement leads to what should be another exciting NFL draft. The Dolphins are now paired with two first round picks in 2021, two third round picks in 2022, and two first round picks in 2023. As a Dolphin’s fan, this is the best capital of draft assets the Miami Dolphins have ever had. They are no longer treating 2nd round picks as something you throw away – which is amazing to see.
Looking into the crystal ball, it will be ridiculously hard to even fathom what Chris Grier will do on draft night. Based on how things have gone, it should be fun, so let’s try and see how this cookie might crumble:
1st Round – 6th Overall Selection – TE/WR – Kyle Pitts – Florida
The more I watch game tape on Pitts the more I see Megatron, but he’s playing Tight End. Pitts is destroying his competitors and I can’t see anyone making the kind of difference that Pitts could potentially make. To be honest, I see the Jags taking T Law, Wilson going to the Jets, Fields to San Fran, Sewell to the Falcons and Chase to the Bengals. That leaves the Dolphins with Pitts, Smith or Parsons. I worry about Smith, and I compare him to Ruggs, who didn’t make that much of a difference last year, but he could look to develop next year, but with a top 6 pick I want an immediate difference maker and Pitts is that.
1st round – 18th overall selection – Micah Parson – LB – Penn State
Parson is the best pure defensive player in the draft, period. The problem with Parson is his off field issue with fights, bullying and threats. Fans have seen draft day slides based on characters almost every year and I think Parson will slide based on his locker room issue. On the field, completely different story – this kid reminds me of Terrell Suggs and can be utilized the exact same way.
2nd round – 36th overall selection – Javonte Williams – RB – North Carolina
Najee Harris is my favorite back in this upcoming draft, Travis Etinne is right after him, I honestly believe neither of those players will be on the clock when the Dolphins select in the 2nd round, which leaves the Dolphins with Javonte. This is no knock on him, Javonte is a violent player and runs with the mind set he wants contact. Basically, watch his game tape against the “U” and you will see Nick Chubb 2.0
2nd round – 50th selection – Elijah Moore- WR – Ole Miss
The Dolphins didn’t get Waddle or Smith or Chase in the first round, but get the best Wide Receiver available in the 2nd round. Moore is Jarvis Landry mixed in with Anquan Boldin, a perfect complement to Parker and Will Fuller on the inside. With Albert Wilson on his contract year and the uncertainty injury history surrounding Parker and Preston Williams, an injection of youth is required.
3rd round – 81st selection – Quinn Meinerz- C – Wisconsin-Whitewater
The best thing about the Senior Bowl was Quinn Meinerz. This kid loves contact and more importantly pancakes. Every time I saw a scrimmage, it was Quinn implementing a pancake block on someone. The Dolphin need for center is an understatement, and Quinn makes sense as Coach Flores coached him at the Senior Bowl, this match was destined to happen.
Round 4 through 5 are too early early predict right now, but I’ll take a crack at it next week. How do you see the Dolphins approach to the draft now that the dust has settled.