Mock Draft season is well underway, and ww will be seeing more and more of the projections for the 2015 NFL Draft over the enxt few weeks, and months. The Draft itself is not until April 30 - May 2, and there are lot of factors, including the Scouting Combine and Free Agency, that will impact who teams select when during the Draft itself. Yet, mock drafts come out because they are fun to prepare, and they are even more fun to debate.
Monday morning, the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson released his first seven-round 2015 NFL Mock Draft for the Miami Dolphins. Abramson targets one player for the Dolphins in each round, looking to fill needs for the Dolphins and predicting what GM Dennis Hickey might do during the 2015 Draft. Prior to getting to the picks, he writes that if you were to speak to ten different NFL scouts about the Dolphins, you would likely end up with ten different answers on who the team should target with the 14th overall selection. He then writes, "The only consensus is that the Dolphins aren’t really that far off from competing if they spend and draft wisely over the next few months."
How do the Dolphins draft wisely? According to Abramson's projection, it may be by selecting a wideout in the first round.
Round 1: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (6-foot-3, 209 pounds)W
hile it was the Dolphins defense that fell apart late in the season — giving up an average of 32 points in the final six games — Miami has various options to shore up that side of the ball in free agency and later in the draft.
But it’s not easy to find a playmaking wide receiver with size. And whether or not Mike Wallace returns to the Dolphins, Parker could be a cornerstone of Miami’s offense for years to come.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is improving but he needs a red zone threat. The Dolphins were one of only two teams in the NFL in 2014 without a receiver or tight end at least 6-foot-5.
The other team, Green Bay, made up for it with a 6-3 receiver in Jordy Nelson who was a dangerous red-zone threat that scored 13 touchdowns.
Miami’s tallest receiver — 6-2 Brian Hartline — scored just twice this year and his future with the Dolphins is in doubt. Even if he returns, the Dolphins would be best served with Hartline as their No. 3 or 4 outside receiver.
Parker is a big play waiting to happen. He’s an athletically gifted receiver with good speed and down field vision.
He only appeared in Louisville’s final six games this year after breaking a bone in his left foot in August. When he returned it was like never left, racking up 43 catches for 855 yards (19.9 average) and five touchdowns.
He had just one game with less than 100 receiving yards and he torched FSU’s talented secondary for 214 yards.
A trio of Parker, Wallace and Jarvis Landry would be explosive. If Wallace isn’t back, the Dolphins might consider taking two receivers in the draft, with a mid-round speedster.
I'll let you go over to Abramson's article to see the other six selections for the Dolphins, but will tell you they include two Miami Hurricanes (and one Miami (Ohio) RedHawks), a small school prospect popping up in the selections, and a pretty systematic adressing of all of the Dolphins' major needs.
What do you think of Abramson's draft? Of Miami selecting Parker with the 14th overall selection?