It's #MockMonday on the Phinsider, with my Mock 3.0 kicking off our new rotation of mocks coming each week. But, #MockMonday also includes a look at the Mocking the Draft latest post as well - and this week, we get a combination 2014 NFL Mock Draft from Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn.
Fairburn took the first of the Miami Dolphins' picks this week, selecting guard Xavier Su'a-Filo from UCLA with the 19th overall selection. With the news that Miami is expected to sign tackle Branden Albert as soon as free agency starts tomorrow, selecting the top guard in the Draft could make a lot of sense here. Of the selection, Fairburn explained:
Offensive tackle has been a popular pick for the Miami Dolphins, but help is needed all over the offensive line. Xavier Su'a-Filo is the best offensive lineman available at this juncture. He's played both tackle and guard but excels when pulling from the interior of the line and making blocks in space.
In the second round, the Dolphins' pick was made by Kadar, who had Miami select LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson with the 50th overall selection. To explain the pick, he wrote:
The Dolphins have a big need at defensive tackle this offseason, particularly if Paul Soliai and Randy Starks aren't brought back. Ferguson is the better of the two LSU defensive tackles in the draft and would give Miami a player who can stop the run and rush the passer.
Fairburn comes back with the 81st selection giving the Dolphins another offensive lineman, this time Joel Bitonio from Nevada. He explains:
Depending on what the Dolphins do in free agency, they may invest multiple draft picks in the offensive line. Joel Bitonio has been a riser over the last few months. He's versatile enough to play tackle or guard and could be a right tackle in Miami.
How would you react to three lineman in the first three picks - two offensive and one defensive - for Miami?