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2015 Post Combine Miami Dolphins Mock Draft

The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is over and here is a look at a potential draft for the Dolphins after the combine performances.

This guy could make Dolphins fans forget about Mike Wallace.
This guy could make Dolphins fans forget about Mike Wallace.
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The title is pretty self-explanatory, so no need for me to ramble on in the intro. Let's get right to it.

Round 1) Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

With or without Mike Wallace, Miami needs an outside receiver that can win contested catches and become a red zone threat. Strong is 6'2" 217 lbs. with a 42" vertical and reliable hands. He proved at the combine that he has the requisite speed (4.44) and acceleration (1.57 ten yard split) to win on the outside. He doesn't appear to have any character concerns and by most accounts has incredible work ethic. Paired with a driven teammate in Jarvis Landry, those two could push each other towards greatness. Strong's combine has firmly put him in the mid to late first round area. It would be ideal for the Dolphins to trade down for him, but with WR hungry teams like San Francisco, Kansas City, and Cleveland lurking right behind the Dolphins, it would be more prudent to go ahead and take him at 14.

Round 2) Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

Even if Mike Wallace stays in Miami this season, it will be a surprise if he is back in 2016. The Dolphins will need to replace that speed threat and do so with this pick. Dorsett is a South Florida native and has practically begged the Dolphins to drag him, saying it would be a dream come true to play for them. Dorsett is undersized at 5'10" and 185 lbs. but that hasn't stopped WRs like Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton from becoming stars. Dorsett has the deep speed to be a home run threat, but also has shown quality route running ability making him more than just a one-trick pony. Based on his incredible combine and Senior Bowl, it's unlikely that Dorsett will make it to the Dolphins pick in the third, so they need to make it happen in the second round.

Round 3) Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

Darby had a phenomenal combine running a 4.38 and posting excellent numbers in the broad jump (10'9"), 3 cone drill (6.94s), and vertical(41.5"). Darby projects to be an off-coverage type of corner which works perfectly in Kevin Coyle's system. Miami needs depth in the secondary and adding a very athletic corner is a step in the right direction. With more development, Darby could become the eventual replacement for Brent Grimes.

Round 4) Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Ogbuehi may not fall this far, but if he does, Miami needs to get him. Ogbuehi was a former first round prospect that has fallen due to injury concerns, specifically a knee injury in a bowl game. Ogbuehi would be a draft-and-stash prospect for the Dolphins and would fit the ‘redshirt' mold that this team has seemed to embrace. In this case however, it makes perfect sense. Ogbuehi has the tools to become a premier left tackle and would be Albert's eventual replacement. He can develop under Benton without the pressure of needing to step in right away and possibly become part of a quality OT duo with James. If the Dolphins can find that in round four, that would be amazing.

Round 5) Ben Heeney, ILB, Kansas

Miami needs some depth at middle linebacker, even if they sign a free agency like David Harris. Heeney can be drafted here to be a reserve that can develop into a full time starter down the road. Heeney ran a quality 40 time (4.59), jumped 10' in the broad jump, 33.5" vertical, and a 3-cone time of 6.68s (compared to Darby's time of 6.94s), which suggests quality functional football speed. Heeney is described as having a non-stop motor with good instincts. He could be a later round steal for the Dolphins who could develop into a solid middle linebacker. Plus his beard game is legit.

Round 6) Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State

Davison would give Miami a developmental defensive tackle that would fit the role of nose tackle/1-tech in Miami's various fronts. He wouldn't offer much in the way of pass rush, but could become the run stuffer Miami needs on the D-line.

Round 7) Chris Hackett, FS, TCU

Reshad Jones is the star safety for Miami, but is more of an in-the-box type player. Miami needs a centerfielder type free safety that has the range to play the single-high coverage, allowing Jones to make plays underneath. Louis Delmas was playing that role well, but a knee injury late in the season means he won't be ready for a while, even if he's brought back. Miami has an intriguing in-house option with Michael Thomas, who has shown a knack for making plays in limited reps. Walt Aikens is a candidate and has the range and ball skills to be a quality safety. Miami will most likely go for a cheap free agent with starting experience, but could add another developmental pick into the competition. Hackett didn't run a great 40 time, but has shown good ball skills and instincts to become a playmaker at the position. As a seventh round pick, he can earn his way onto the field through special teams and possibly work his way onto the field on the defensive side.