These mock drafts have been coming fast and plentiful. Some say they don't even bother reading them anymore. Some say we've over-done it; we've done all the work we possibly can on working out who's the best fit for our team. But imagine if our FO had that attitude and stopped doing their homework right now. We need to make sure every stone is turned in order to find the players that can improve our team next year. Hopefully I'll be able to put together a realistic and well-informed mock draft.
Now, my thinking behind my latest mock draft is to focus on the strengths of this draft. Try and get best player available that fits with our needs. For this reason, I've bumped Tannehill off my draft. The reasoning: next year we have Barkley, Jones, Tyler Wilson, Bray and E.J. Manuels. That is a lot better than the top 5 quarterbacks from this year's class. With that in mind, when the Dolphins are on the clock at number 8 the pick will be......
Rd 1: Melvin Ingram, DE. If he's available here you have to pick him.
Pros: -Strong upper body and hands.
-Versatile; will fit well in our hybrid defence.
-Great variations of pass rushing moves.
-His height has been criticised, but this allows him to play with a lot of leverage.
-Spin move to get away from blockers.
-High intensity player with good motor.
Cons: -one year wonder?
I say: Need players to get to the opposing quarterback. It's incredibly important. What is the point in drafting a quarterback so high when he can't start straight away. Tannehill may not be able to start for 2-3 years. In that time we can wait a year and draft a more pro-ready quarterback. I'm really liking Tyler Wilson right now.
Rd 2: Zebrie Sanders, RT.
Pros: -Very experienced.
-Extremely athletic, making him a solid pass blocker.
-Got the frame to add bulk.
Cons: -Doesn't possess an explosive initial punch.
-Sometimes plays too upright.
I say: It's better to put the pieces in the right place before drafting your quarterback. How can we expect to improve by not adding or drafting an offensive tackle when last year, it was our worst position. This needs to be done. It's a huge need, and we won't find players that can compete straight away later on in the draft.
Rd 3a: Marvin Jones, WR.
Pros: -Can turn short routes into big players.
-Excellent route runner with great hands.
Cons: -Needs work as a run blocker.
-Lack of a second gear?
I say: This draft is incredibly deep for this position. The best value could be had in the 3rd, where McNutt and Givens are also options. Philbin likes his receivers to catch the ball and run good routes. Sometimes this can't be taught; you either have it or you don't.
Rd 3b: Ladarius Green, TE.
Pros: -Blend of size and speed suits pass happy NFL.
-Good route runner, especially on vertical routes to stretch the field. Will create constant mismatches.
-Good numbers against superior competition - Georgia and LSU.
Cons: -Blocking needs work.
-Needs to prove he can play against superior competition week in, week out.
I say: Comparisons to Jeremiah Finley are scary. We need a TE to stretch the field, and will provide a good number 2 behind Fasano. For the scheme we'll run, I think he's the man for the job.
Rd 4: Senio Kelemete, RG.
Pros: -Outstanding football character.
-Strong and athletic, making him a good pass blocker.
-Solid pulling guard.
Cons: -Technique needs a little work.
I say: I don't want to rely on John Jerry and Hicks as our guys at RG. We need someone else to provide stiff competition. This guy may win the battle in his first year and will be the longterm starter. O-line complete.
Round 5: Danny Coale, WR.
Pros: -Exceptional hands.
-Best route running skills on his team.
Cons: -Average athlete; won't beat guys deep.
-Struggles as a blocker.
I say: Sleeper pick, excellent value. Reminds me very much of Brian Hartline and Welker. Those guys will excel in Philbin's offence. He won't start straight away, but he will compete for starting time. His hands and route running skills are his best attribute. Philbin will love him.
Round 6: Jack Crawford, DE.
Pros: -Great athlete with prototypical size.
-Upside as a run defender.
-Long arms; can be violent in contact.
-Hard worker, above average motor, willing to be coached.
Cons: -Very raw; doesn't yet have the technique. This is why he's a 6th round pick.
I say: More depth at DE. Needs to be coached, but can make a nice contribution in a year or two's time. I like his upside.
Round 7: David Paulson, TE.
Pros: -Highly intelligient.
-Hard worker, does everything he is asked to do. Sticks with his assignment.
Cons: -Cannot separate as well as Green.
-Underpowered as a line-blocker.
I say: We need more tight ends that can run and catch the ball on our roster. This guy will work hard and do his best for the team. My guess is he will make the roster. Philbin had 5 tight ends on his roster in Green Bay. Expect similar in Miami.
I've really tried to build this mock draft in a way that is easier to see a player's strengths and weaknesses. The FO need to make this team better. We have too many holes to draft a QB this year. Especially when you consider more experienced players will be out of contract next year. It will be difficult to tie them all down with our cap situation. The Philbin blue print will be to build through the draft. There are better prospects at QB for us next year.
Oh, and one last thing. GO DOLPHINS!!!