Around the Phinsider, we spend Mondays taking a look at our own projection of the 2014 NFL Draft, as well as some of the other predictions around the web. Our #MockMonday always includes a look at the latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation's Mocking the Draft. This week's edition comes from Dan Kadar, who cut through all of the rumors and smokescreens, to instead pick whichever player feels like the best fit for the team.
As Kadar explained it:
This week's mock draft is all about comfort. Forget the trades - teams don't even know them yet. Forget the rumors - many of which currently surround the hot stock of Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer or Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage. Heck, even forget doing two rounds - the accuracy of these things for even one round is suspect.
Some of the picks in this mock you'll be used to seeing. Others are too easy to ignore. The mock draft this week, less than two weeks from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, is all about what feels right.
Like he said, some of the picks are expected selections, like the Houston Texans adding South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. The top five all include familiar names, with the St. Louis Rams picking Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins joining the Cleveland Browns, and the Oakland Raiders picking Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
For fans of the Miami Dolphins, the position to watch during the draft - and in every mock draft - is offensive tackle. Who comes off the board prior to the Dolphins' 19th overall selection. In this case, Robinson starts the offensive linemen run, with Texas A&M tackle Jame Matthews joining the Atlanta Falcons with the sixth pick, Michigan's Taylor Lewan going to the New York Giants with the 12th pick, and Zack Martin landing with the Baltimore Ravens in the 17th spot.
Add in potential targets like tight end Eric Ebron (ninth to the Buffalo Bills) and defensive tackle Aaron Donald (14th to the Chicago Bears) already off the board, and the Dolphins could truly be looking for the "what feels right" pick when the Commissioner places them on the clock.
What's the "feels right" pick for Miami, according to Kadar? A name that is becoming more and more popular among mock drafts when it comes to the Dolphins: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Dolphins are thought to be interested in shaking up the linebacker position this offseason, with reports indicating the first idea is to move Koa Misi to the middle linebacker spot, and move Dannell Ellerbe to the outside. Adding Mosley, however, could solve the middle linebacker position. About the choice, Kadar writes:
The Dolphins could be in trouble if Martin comes off the board before their choice. This is a bit too early for Cyrus Kouandjio and Mosley could be the game-changer at the position the Dolphins want. Mosley can play inside or outside and would be a steady presence on Miami's defense.
In this scenario, with a trade back off the board, Mosley probably does make the most sense for Miami. If you want to argue Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, or even a slight reach for offensive tackle Morgan Moses from Virginia, I wouldn't say you are wrong - but the pick of Mosley does fit Kadar's "feels right" criteria.
Who feels right to you?