It was a given that Mike Wallace would be jettisoned this offseason, and sure enough, he was dealt to Minnesota. Kenny Stills was acquired, but he's not a No. 1 target. Neither is Jarvis Landry, who was impressive as a rookie. The Dolphins could stand to add a top-notch receiver, and it appears they are trying to do so, if their interest in Michael Crabtree is any indication.
Rd. 2, Pk. 15
Denzel Perryman, OLB/ILB, Miami
The Dolphins have shown interest in several linebackers during the pre-draft process, and it's easy to understand why. They have just one viable three-down linebacker on the roster in Jelani Jenkins. Koa Misi is a solid, two-down defender, but Miami has to find a third linebacker.
Pick change; previously Laken Tomlinson, G
Rd. 4, Pk. 15
Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky
The Dolphins cut Cortland Finnegan, who was a huge liability last year. Now, they really have nothing outside of Brent Grimes at the cornerback position, as the players they drafted back in 2013 (Will Davis, Jamar Taylor) haven't developed. And besides, Grimes, 32 in July, will have to be replaced soon.
Pick change; previously Josh Shaw, CB
Rd. 5, Pk. 13
Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss
The Dolphins signed Ndamukong Suh, but lost Randy Starks and Jared Odrick, so they could stand to add a defensive tackle.
Pick change; previously Kaleb Eulls, DT
Rd. 5, Pk. 14
Andy Gallik, C, Boston College
The center position has to be upgraded. Samson Satele did not play well at all last year.
The Dolphins miss out on a receiver, but could use cornerback help. Ben Grimes is aging, and the new regime hasn't seemed to buy in on the picks of Jeff Ireland.
Waynes (6-0, 186) was very reliable for Michigan State in 2014. He impressed against Oregon and Michigan's Devin Funchess, and didn't turn in an ugly game the entire season. Waynes totaled 10 passes broken up, three interceptions and 50 tackles for the year. He is reliable not to allow separation in coverage and has illustrated the ability to be a man corner. Waynes is quick and physical.
While Darqueze Dennard received all the headlines in 2013, Waynes also had an excellent season for Michigan State as an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media. He totaled 50 tackles with five deflections and three interceptions. Waynes ended the year on a high note with good games against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Pick change; previously Vic Beasley, OLB
Rd. 2, Pk. 15
Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
The Dolphins grab a receiver to team with Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.
Agholor (6-0, 198) is the latest in the line of early-round receiver prospects from USC. He outproduced Marqise Lee in 2013 with 56 receptions for 918 yards and six scores. Agholor totaled 31 catches for 490 yards in 2012.
Like Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Agholar has quickness and is a strong route-runner. He is also more of No. 2 receiver in the NFL though. Agholar recorded 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. He can have issues with dropped passes.
Pick change; previously P.J. Williams, CB
Rd. 4, Pk. 15
Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
It would make sense for Miami to draft another back to pair with Lamar Miller.
Langford totaled 1,522 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014 while averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He also had 11 receptions for 62 yards. Langford (5-11, 211) is a physical back, and he surprised many with a fast 40 at the Combine. Langford would be best as rotational back and the physical thumper to take on short-yardage situations. He was the workhorse for the Spartans' offense and subjected to a heavy load.
Couldn't have asked for a better situation. Waynes could be a top 10 pick, maybe even top 5, but he is on the board at 14 for MIA. They did have a pretty interesting offseason. Grabbing the top FA and making trades. They didn't manage to improve a very poor CB group and have to address that here with Waynes on the board.
Wayne is by far my top CB. He can add some weight and needs to improve is tackling but is the best cover guy in the class
The Dolphins got Suh in FA, so WR and OL are their biggest needs that they could address here. With the top 3 WR's already gone, they could take the best available player to plug into OG. Collins has the ability to play RT as well. Wherever he would play, he would be an upgrade.
Stanford junior T Andrus Peat "plays upright and overextends too much," wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.
The entire analysis doesn't read quite as incendiary: "[Peat] has a massive frame and quick feet but he plays upright and overextends too much," Jeremiah wrote. "He does have strong hands to torque and turn in [the] run game." That combination of size and speed make Peat a dynamic run blocker, though his propensity to stand up has led to struggles when he's on an island in pass protection. Peat announced he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft earlier this week. Jan 7 - 1:37 PM
Source: Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter
Stanford junior T Andrus Peat is "remarkably light on his feet for a man of his size, demonstrating not only agility but balance and great length to keep pass rushers at bay," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Peat recently won the Morris Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-12 Conference. It's one of Rang's favorite awards, as it is voted on by players, not coaches or media. The analyst notes that Peat is currently projected as a first-rounder. We're still awaiting word on whether the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder will enter the draft early.
Miami’s pass and run defense were on opposite ends of the spectrum this past year with their pass defense being one of the best in the league and their run defense being one of the worst. This pick doesn’t help Miami’s run defense as much as some think it might, instead I actually see it bolstering the pass defense very well. Thompson was recruited as a Safety and started his career as a Nickel Cornerback. He plays a lot of zone coverage and is really comfortable dropping back as a Linebacker. His run defense isn’t as good as it could be simply because he’s small, but with a bit of added weight and strength, I could see him forming into a much better run defender. I believe the Fins get a player who is currently one-dimensional, but has the potential to become an all-around defender for the team.