This is my second crack at a full 7 round draft for the phins. Last time, I used the "get a franchise QB next year/stick with Moore" approach. Now, I am going to make another Mock, but this time, I'm taking the Tannehill approach. This will change things a lot as we now need to address other major needs in later rounds. So, let us begin after the jump.
Round 1: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Phins finally take the risk and grab their franchise QB in the first round. The Dolphins are currently two for three with franchise QBs. I'd take those odds. Tannehill has elite footwork, a compact three-quarters release, puts great velocity on the ball, throws very well on the run. He also has great pocket awareness and good accuracy. Some of the red flags on him are that he lacks experience at QB, he has small hands, and he fails to close out games. I actually think the experience argument may become a positive for him with time. He has something very few QBs have, a thorough understanding of what it is like to be a wide receiver. This means that he can put himself in his WR's shoes during the play and can look at plays from two perspectives in the film roon and on the field. The fact that he has small hands can't be fixed, gripped gloves may help him avoid the fumbles that come with small hands, but they may have a negative effect on his passing. The fact that he fails to close out games can be put on his defense. A&M had a very weak defense, and he often had to get into shootouts just to keep the game competitive. This would have a major effect on how well he closes out games.
2. Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
The Phins have a major need at pass rush across from wake. Misi can't provide consistent pass rush and is in legal trouble, while Jason Taylor has retired. We need to look for a player that can play both DE in a 4-3 and OLB in a 3-4 due to our hybrid defense. Curry has the size to be a DE, and the quickness to play OLB. He will step in and have a huge impact on this defense. He can consistently rush the passer and is a good run blocker on top of that. With this pick, we acquire a major piece of our defense next season.
3. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
McNutt has the potential to be a dominant WR on Philbin's offense. He represents the perfect definition of a West coast WR. He is big, runs very sharp accurate routes, is quick and has good hands. He ran a 4.53 40-time, meaning he also has the speed to go deep from time to time. A combination of Hartline and McNutt with Bess in the slot is a very good WR corps in the Philbin Offense. McNutt and Hartline are both big enough to make big body catches, fast enough to go deep, and run good routes. McNutt and Tannehill will grow together, and can become a top QB-WR tandem with time.
3 (from Bears): Micheal Egnew, TE, Missouri
The Dolphins are also in need of a pass catching TE ala Jimmy Graham. With this selection, they acquire that TE. Egnew has prototypical size and reliable hands. He catches the ball away from his body, allowing him to turn upfield for yards after catch more easily. He is a tough runner that in hard to bring down, and is willing to take a beating for the extra yards. He has good body control and can turn easily. He does, however, have some issues. One major issue for him is that he lacks the explosiveness to be a deep threat, but is fast when he is at full speed. Basically, he is fast, but can't accelerate well. He will definitely not be used as a blocker, but we have Fasano for those situations.
4. Brandon Taylor, FS, LSU
With this pick, we get our new free safety. This selection will allow us to move Reshad Jones to SS and boast a young,talented secondary. Taylor is very physical, hitting players hard and he doesn't shy away from contact. He has great instincts and anticipation. He may not be an INT machine, but Kevin Coyle turned Reggie Nelson into an INT machine, so he will love working with Taylor. Despite all of the talent around him,Taylor still managed to stand out, making 71 tackles, 1 sack and 1 INT and was the 3rd leading tackler on a stacked LSU Defense. He will be a huge addition to our secondary.
5. Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
What would be a better welcoming present for Ryan Tannehill than his former favorite WR? Fuller will obviously have a much lesser role here than he did at A&M, but can still be an asset. He is a big, fluid WR who was a great red zone threat in college. He is big,has great leaping ability and solid ball skills. He needs some work on his route running, but can be developed. He struggles with getting yards after the catch,but I would imagine him to be brought in only in red zone situations, where he excels, so that wouldn't be such a big issue. He also doesn't have elite speed (4.53 40-time), but has enough. With this and the McNutt selection, I see our starters being Hartline and McNutt, with Bess brought in as the slot WR in 3 WR sets. When in 4 WR sets (which are EXTREMELY common in Philbin's offense), we would bring in Gates most of the time, and sub in Fuller in the red zone. He will also grow with Tannehill, and will play a much bigger role the following year when Tannehill steps in for Moore as the starter.
6. Joe Long, OT, Wayne St.
With this selection, we get ourselves a developmental OT for depth who can eventually start at RT. Long really elevated his stock with an outstanding performance at the East-West shrine game and by winning the Gene Upshaw DII O-lineman of the year award. His stock would be a lot higher if he had played in a DI school. He has very long arms to help him defend the edge and is rarely injured, starting 45 straight games for Wayne St. He also has Dolphins connections, with his brother being our LT Jake Long. This could work in our favor immensely as a sibling rivalry would push both of them to play better.Jake would also be able to help motivate Joe to play at an even higher level. Joe has what it takes physically, and some help and brotherly coaching from Jake would help him immensely.
7. Brandon Marshall, LB, Nevada
Marshall will provide depth as an ILB in the 3-4 and as a OLB in the 4-3. He has verastility and can be developed into a late round steal. But really, the main reason he stuck out at me was his name. Lose a Bmarsh, gain a Bmarsh. But in all seriousness, he is very good in coverage and could be brought in to the rotation in the nickel or dime packages and could help solve our problems covering TEs.