Rd. 1, Pk. 11
Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech
The Dolphins have been linked to Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen, but it doesn't sound as though they'll be trading up. They'll likely stay put and select the best prospect available, and from what it sounds like, they value Tremaine Edmunds very highly.
Edmunds could go as high as No. 6 overall, so having him available is a dream come true for the Dolphins, who don't have a strongside linebacker on their roster.
*** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Roquan Smith, LB - The Dolphins like both linebackers so much that they may move up a couple of spots to secure one.
2. Vita Vea, NT - It sounds like Vea is the backup plan for the Dolphins, and he should be available at No. 11.
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Dolphins would love Dallas Goedert here, but he's not available. Instead, Miami could target the best player available. Jaire Alexander could slip because of some medical concerns.
Pick change; previously Dallas Goedert, TE
Rd. 3, Pk. 9
Braden Smith, G, Auburn
The Dolphins have one of the weakest interior offensive line groups in the NFL, so this is something they'll need to address early this weekend.
Rd. 4, Pk. 23
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
The Dolphins want to spend a pick in the first few rounds on a quarterback, though it doesn't seem as though they'll trade up in the opening round. Here's someone they can develop behind Ryan Tannehill.
Rd. 4, Pk. 31
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Rd. 6, Pk. 35
Kendrick Norton, DT/NT, Miami
The Dolphins will have to attempt to replace Ndamukong Suh at some point during the draft.
Rd. 7, Pk. 9
Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
The Dolphins could find a replacement for Jarvis Landry sooner, but this makes sense.
Rd. 7, Pk. 11
Cole Boozer, OT, Temple
The Dolphins need to do something - scratch that, many things - about their atrocious offensive line.
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.
The Dolphins developed a Gia-normous hole in their defense with the release of Suh. Suh was their starting 3 tech DT. He played that role as well as anyone in the league. With the Dolphins playing mostly 4-3 Over, that put Suh on the strong side of the field, helping the run defense & widening the pass rush.
There are a number of players in this draft that could play the 3-tech in Miami's defense,... the 2 most likley DT's are Payne & Vea. Payne is a DT who can play anywhere in any scheme. He is a 311 pounder, runnning sub 5.0 40's with the fastest 10 yd split of any DT in this draft. He is the closest thing to Suh in this draft. Vea on the other hand,...is a massive man,. but moves like a DT, 20 - 30 pounds lighter than his actual weight. He would bring a different element to the Dolphins Defense,.. able to play the NT, and quick enough to play the 3-tech. He wouldn't be another version of Suh,.. but the idea of pairing him with Phillips to put nearly 680 pounds along the defensive trenches,. without losing any interior rush,.. or pair him next to Godchaux in a more traditional alignment, makes for a very intriguing selection.
If Miami is going to continue to use their 'Wide 9' defense,.. then, I believe it's likely they go for Vea. In this defense,.. both DT have to be able to take double teams, making the O-line play them 'straight up'. In this scheme Vea's overwhelming strength would come into play. If they single block him,... he is probably only going to notice it, the way a car notices a bug on the windshield,... if they double him. He is strong enough (as well as quick enough) to control the double-team, opening the middle for the other DT,.. both Godchaux and Phillips are quick enough to make the play & get into the backfield.
I think Miami wants Tremaine Edmunds and Roquan Smith, but both of them could easily be gone by the time the organization is on the clock. If that's the case, I think the Dolphins take Vita Vea. This mock, however, has worked out with Smith getting to Miami. He would be a great fit in the Dolphins' defense, and it wouldn't surprise me if they trade up for either Edmunds or Smith. <br> <br>
From the start of the 2017 season, Smith (6-1, 236) impressed scouting sources with his great play. They compared him to the Falcons' recent second-day picks of the LSU duo of Deion Jones and Duke Riley, except they say that Smith is better than either Jones or Riley. These sources feel Smith is more on a par with Lavonte David coming out of Nebraska. There is no doubt that Smith is a fast and physical linebacker who flies around the field. He is an excellent run defender with the speed and athleticism to cover in the passing game. <br> <br>
Smith amassed 137 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes batted in 2017. In 2016, he led Georgia in tackles with 95. Smith also had five tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles that season.
Miami needs to upgrade their LBs. Actually, they just need to improve their entire defense. Yes, they lost Suh, and I think people have forgotten how dominant of a player he is (for those who think he has slipped, just wait until ya see the Rams in action). But even before Suh's departure, the Dolphins needed several upgrades. One aspect that was abysmal last year: covering TEs. There are 2 players available here that could immediately improve this: Derwin James and Tremaine Edmunds. I opted for Edmunds because he doesn't have an injury history, and LB has been a focal point in the mock-draft community for Miami all off-season. Edmunds is an athletic freak, and while he is still raw, he could play the strong side, while Raekwon plays the Mike and Kiko shifts to the Will. Miami will need someone, especially after Stephone Anthony (who doesn't seem to be good) is allowed to walk next year (they are NOT picking up his $9 mil option).
This is a dream scenario for the Dolphins fans and front office alike.
Baker Mayfield is my top rated QB prospect in this draft. My pro comparison is Drew Brees. He loves football, is accurate, and can improvise when the play breaks down. He has some growing up to do off the field, but his troops follow him into battle. He has a good repeatable release, can find secondary targets, and moves safeties with his eyes. He won a ton in college, and his numbers improved each year.
Personally I hope he ends up on a team with a veteran QB to learn from for a year. My primary fear with him is what his attitude will be on a team with a losing record. His footwork is not perfect, and his deep ball floats on him from time to time. Between these concerns, and his limited height (6') it is quite possible that he falls this far. Historically, scouts and GM's rarely trade up to take "undersized" QB's.
If Ryan Tannehill can play well, he can ensure another contract in the league (ala Alex Smith.) IF Baker pans out, Tannehill immediately becomes trade bait to a QB desperate team. I could be wrong, but the current "Baker is going here or there in the top 5" seems like trade bait. This draft class is not great, and teams at the top are looking to get quantity (wide net) rather than risking it all on high risk prospects.
If the Dolphins miss out on Baker, Lamar Jackson is a real possibility. Other names to watch would be Roquan Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Rashaan Evans, and Will Hernandez.
The Dolphins have a huge need at guard and would be very fortunate if Nelson made it to their pick. <br> <br>
Nelson has been exceptional throughout 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. That year, teams sources told me that Nelson was receiving first-round grades prior to him deciding to return for his senior season. One general manager told me in fall 2017 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.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 11
Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
Over Tremaine Edmunds? That's kind of a surprise. This is a solid pick, however, as Fitzpatrick will be able to solve the same sort of problems Edmunds could have. The Dolphins have been miserable against tight ends and pass-catching running backs for years, which is obviously a huge issue when going up against the Patriots. Fitzpatrick will be able to help immensely in that regard, so that helps. There is some concern about Alabama players' durability - which is why they've dropped in recent drafts - but considering Fitzpatrick could have been chosen at No. 9, I think this is a good choice for Miami.
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Mike Gesicki, TE
The Dolphins were going tight end all the way here, as they didn't have one on their roster. I would have chosen Dallas Goedert, but Gesicki is a very solid choice. Gesicki is extremely athletic and should be able to develop into a potent weapon for Ryan Tannehill. I expected him to go in the middle of Round 2, so the range is definitely right for him.
Rd. 3, Pk. 9
Jerome Baker, OLB
Jerome Baker has a great combination of speed and athleticism, and he's well worth a pick in the third round. I like this choice for the Dolphins, as Baker fills a big need. Miami didn't have a strongside linebacker on the roster, which was kind of a problem. Baker should be able to start right away, though it's not like he'll have competition.
Rd. 4, Pk. 23
Durham Smythe, TE
I said it for the Will Dissly pick; taking blocking tight ends in the fourth round isn't a good move because they grow on trees. However, Smythe has better receiving ability than Dissly, so I like this pick a bit better.
Rd. 4, Pk. 31
Kalen Ballage, RB
Kalen Ballage never lived up to his physical ability at Arizona State. That's a bit scary, but the upside is certainly there. Ballage has the talent to become an NFL starter, but we'll see if he puts more effort into football. I like the risk here at the end of Round 4.
Rd. 6, Pk. 35
Cornell Armstrong, CB
This is a poor choice in the sixth round, as Cornell Armstrong is squarely a UDFA prospect. I don't even know if he was a priority UDFA. Armstrong has an injury history, and I don't know if he makes Miami's roster.
Rd. 7, Pk. 9
Quentin Poling, OLB
Quentin Poling was slotted nine selections earlier in my mock draft, so I like the range for him. Poling should be a quality special-teamer and reserve linebacker in the pros. Given Miami's linebacking woes, he could see more action than he would elsewhere.
Rd. 7, Pk. 11
Jason Sanders, K
It's the seventh round. Time to take a kicker. Meh.