A quarterback will be debated here if there is a worthy one available, but I think the Dolphins will continue to start Ryan Tannehill next year. They'll focus on another position, and perhaps that'll be cornerback. Byron Maxwell was released, so Miami will need to find a replacement.
Pick change; previously Ken Webster, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
The Dolphins could add another offensive weapon. Addressing tight end makes sense, as I don't have much hope for Julius Thomas.
Miami has a poor linebacking corps that is relying on Lawrence Timmons. That obviously needs to change.
Rd. 4, Pk. 14
Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
The Dolphins traded Jay Ajayi, so they'll look for a new running back this upcoming offseason to pair with Kenyan Drake.
Rd. 4, Pk. 30
Martez Ivey, OT/G, Florida
Miami's offensive line is an absolute mess. Laremy Tunsil has never adjusted to left tackle. Center Mike Pouncey needs hip surgery. And yet, both players have been much better than either of the two starting guards.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Charles Harris, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Missouri
I think Miami wants to find an edge rusher most of all, and Harris would be a fit for the organization as a speed rusher who also has great football character. The Dolphins also could use a linebacker upgrade, so if Harris off the board, I think Jarrad Davis is their Plan B. Miami wants smart defenders with great football character, and both Harris and Davis fit those criteria perfectly.
Harris started off the 2016 season with underwhelming performances against West Virginia and Eastern Michigan, totaling five tackles in those games. However, he exploded versus Georgia with three sacks and seven tackles. In November, Harris grew red hot, racking up 4.5 sacks over two games. He totaled 61 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, two passes batted and two forced fumbles on the year.
Harris is a speedy edge rusher who broke out in 2015 with 56 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and notched two sacks. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Harris is a fast edge rusher who puts a lot of heat on the quarterback. He is very similar to Vic Beasley and Shane Ray.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
The Dolphins could use some young talent at cornerback, plus Mike Tannenbaum loves to draft corners early. Miami has hosted Tankersley, and he could compete quickly.
Tankersley recorded 47 tackles, four interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder has the size and coverage skills to be an first-rounder. In 2015, Tankersley was part of a tough cornerback duo for Clemson with Mackensie Alexander, showing impressive ball skills by racking up five interceptions and nine passes broken up. Tankersley also had 48 tackles.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
The Dolphins signed T.J. McDonald and Nate Allen to 1-year contracts, but Allen may not even make the team. Miami could use another long-term safety to pair with Reshad Jones and has shown interest in Evans.
In 2016, Evans notched 87 tackles with eight passes broken up and four interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder created a real buzz with his Week 1 game against UCLA, and there was talk that he could be a first-round pick. In that game, he made eight tackles and two interceptions. Evans totaled 78 tackles with three pass breakups and one interception in 2015. Sources say that Evans has nice feel and awareness. They think he is a good hitter and tackler, but a little tight and more of a strong safety type for the NFL.
Miami needs an upgrade at guard, plus Nelson is one of the best players in the 2018 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
Nelson has been exceptional in 2017, dominating opponents on a weekly basis. He has superb strength to blast open holes and is a true road-grader as a run blocker. As a pass protector, Nelson is very athletic with balance, agility, and quickness to shut down pass-rushers. Some league sources say that Nelson is the highest graded guard they've ever scouted, and that includes the likes of Logan Mankins and David DeCastro. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Nelson was dominant in 2016 as well, showing strength at the point of attack to open holes in the ground game and athleticism in pass protection. Last year, teams sources told me that Nelson was receiving first-round grades prior to him deciding to return for his senior year. One general manager told me this fall that they have Nelson as clearly the best guard prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft. They have Nelson as a top-five prospect at any position.
First, this mock should speak to how bad the bottom of the pile in the AFC is this year; two teams which should be competing for playoff spots in Indianapolis and Miami are currently struggling due to QB issues and poor roster composition. As far as where Miami can go from here, I believe addressing the secondary is their easiest fix, as they're not going to replace Tannehill just yet. Although I've seen most list Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety, some evaluators believe he could play corner; I actually think it wouldn't matter which position the Dolphins want him in, as they could use both. Having a dynamic defensive back at either slot could be a coup for a Miami team in need of some help in passing defense for 2018.
Miami grabs a No. 1 corner for its defense. The Dolphins could use a third corner to go with Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley. <br> <br>
McFadden has totaled 10 tackles and five passes broken up across Florida State's 2017. Overall, he has played well, but was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Miami in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. McFadden was up and down in 2016, too, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes last season, he looked great but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight as part of that was because he had a lot of opportunities as teams targeted him. He also recorded 20 tackles and six passes broken up. <br> <br>
McFadden is a huge press-man corner. He is a similar prospect with similar strengths and weaknesses to David Amerson. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with upside to improve his consistency as a junior in 2017.
Miami grabs a cover corner for its defense. The Dolphins could use a third corner to go with Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley. <br> <br>
Ward has 20 tackles with nine passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the season opener against Indiana, he notched an interception, four tackles and five passes broken up. Ward also was beaten for a touchdown and some other receptions by big Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. While primarily a backup in 2016, Ward (5-10, 191) totaled 23 tackles with nice passes broken up. <br> <br>
While Ward has some hype suggesting he's as good as his former teammates Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, he's significantly smaller than them and had issues with a big wideout in Cobbs. In the NFL, Ward might get placed as a nickelback.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/25): Sidney Jones, CB </i>
The Dolphins could use some young play-making for their offense.
Thus far during 2016, Jefferson has 57 tackles with 4.5 sacks and two passes broken up. The numbers don't illustrate how good of a linebacker he is. <br> <br>
Jefferson (6-3, 238) was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackle with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble. Jefferson had a bigger presence than the stats illustrate. <br> <br>
Jefferson possesses a nice combination of size and speed. He has a ton of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he is in store for some massive seasons with Texas. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Marshon Lattimore, CB </i> </u>