Round 1, Pick 18: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
The Dolphins don’t need to travel far to find the pass-rushing help the team desperately needs. Jaelan Phillips only played one season at the University of Miami but he made that season count. After injury concerns briefly halted his career in 2018-19, Phillips 15.5 ‘tackles for loss’ (TFL) and 8 sacks last season for the Hurricanes.
At 6’5″ and 266 pounds, Phillips has the ability to play both the run and pass for the Dolphins. He would plug in nicely on the opposite side of Emmanuel Ogbah in the Dolphins hybrid defense.
*If for some reason, the Dolphins aren’t comfortable with Phillips’ medical history and/or pursuit of a music career, the team wouldn’t go wrong with selecting Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to serve as a “do it all” linebacker.
Other possibilities include Michigan’s Kwity Paye and Alabama running back Najee Harris. Paye is not a great fit in the Dolphins’ hybrid defense as he’s built to only play defensive end. Harris. meanwhile, is a popular ‘people’s choice’ candidate to be drafted by Miami but pass rusher is a much bigger need.