The Miami Dolphins, as of today, have four draft picks in the first two rounds and while many see a big offensive spree, we should be cautious.
If history has taught us anything, it is that we can not be certain about what the Chris Grier led Miami Dolphins will do in the draft. This year is no different. At the top, the Dolphins could do just about anything. They could trade down again, they could go offensive line, receiver, or surprise everyone and take a defensive player.
This quick look at how the draft could unfold may not make fans happy at all but could be how this draft plays out.
Rashawn Slater – Northwestern. The more I think about this guy the more it sits with me that Miami is going to draft an offensive tackle and I see Slater as the better option for Miami than Penei Sewell. The Dolphins are building around Tua Tagovailoa and Slater has two years of right tackle experience. In college, he manhandled Washington’s number one draft pick, Chase Young.
He would be blocking for Tua’s blindside. This is not the pick Miami fans want to see them make but he could be the target. Especially if the Dolphins think their wide-outs will be just fine.
Micah Parsons – Penn State. Fans want a running back but if Parsons gets by Las Vegas and New England, the Dolphins need to draft this linebacker and they will take him over Najee Harris any wide receiver who may be on the board, and over just about everyone else. Character concerns aside, the Dolphins won’t pass him up. The question is will he fall?
Let’s say he doesn’t. What is the other options? For starters, most will point to Harris but I’m not sold on that option at 18. Not yet. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Dolphins drop back from 18 and grab a mid-round pick (they do not have a five or six this year).
If Miami stays and Parsons is gone, look for Azeez Ojulari from Georgia. He is a big outside linebacker who is strong at the edge and Miami released Kyle Van Noy and will need to replace him. Ojulari can do that if he can transition to the NFL. Another name, Kwity Paye, an edge rusher out of Michigan or Jaelen Phillips from Miami. In any case, I think the Dolphins add an edge/LB at 18, not a running back.
Richie Grant – UCF. This will not make Dolphins fans very happy but Grant is a very good safety prospect and the Dolphins will need to get a replacement for Eric Rowe and Bobby McCain who won’t be around but maybe another season, two at the most. Grant won’t be available by the time the Dolphins select at 50.
Of course, this will all change should a player drops out of round one that wasn’t expected but I don’t see the Dolphins really pushing for an offensive receiver or a running back here.
Take your pick of centers. Landon Dickerson and Creed Humphrey both could be in play at 50 if they are still on the board. If they are not, I think the Dolphins will go center in round three and draft the top-rated WR or RB at this spot.