Another day, another 2015 NFL Mock Draft. This time, it comes from ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., who is updating his January 15th projection. Kiper explains that, through the posteason all-star games, film review sessions, and debates with other analysts, his view on some prospects is changing. Those changes are reflected in this week's mock.
Kiper starts his projection in exactly the same place as his first one, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Behind them, the Tennessee Titans grab USC defensive end Leonard Williams, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, the Oakland Raiders adding Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, and the Washington Redskins picking up Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory.
For the Miami Dolphins, who are selecting 14th in this year's draft, he previously had them selecting Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. Four weeks later, Thompson has fallen out of Kiper's first round. Where are the Dolphins looking now? At a player who seems to be moving up the draft projections for Miami as of late:
Trae Waynes, cornerback, Michigan State
Explaining the pick, Kiper writes:
Analysis: The Dolphins need to add some effective youth at cornerback, and Waynes is a well-coached cover man who comes in with the versatility to help in both man and zone and brings a physical presence. He's effective in taking on the big receivers who dot the league and will also not won't shy away from tackling duties and setting the edge as a run-defender. If you're going on pure upside, Marcus Peters could gain a slight edge on Waynes, but Waynes gets the nod for reliability. The combine can shift perceptions at this position, but I think Waynes is a safe bet to be one of the top two corners taken and it's a need area for the Dolphins, who need more playmakers in their secondary.
I can't argue with Kiper, that the club does need more playmakers in the secondary. With the likelihood that Cortland Finnegan will retire, and Louis Delmas scheduled to be a free agent, there are definite holes at both cornerback and safety. Adding a bigger cornerback to compliment Brent Grimes, and one that can start day one if Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are not healthy or not ready to take on the starting position, could be the right move for the Dolphins.
Do you think Waynes becomes Miami's pick when the Draft rolls around? Or will the franchise consider a free agent over a rookie this offseason? Would you be comfortable with a cornerback set of Grimes, Waynes, Taylor, and Davis?