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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Bleacher Report sees Miami addressing linebacker early

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The Miami Dolphins use their first round pick on a linebacker in a Bleacher Report NFL Mock Draft.

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Last week, Bleacher Report released a 2016 NFL Mock Draft, predicting the first round selection for all 31 teams (theNew England Patriots will not have a first-round selection as part of the DeflateGate punishment). Given that this is Mock Draft season, why not take a look at the projection from Ryan McCrystal.

The Tennessee Titans, with the first overall pick, add Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa, with the Cleveland Browns following that pick with the selection of California quarterback Jared Goff. The San Diego Chargers, picking third, add Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, followed by the Dallas Cowboys picking Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, and the Jacksonville Jagaurs picking Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey to round out the top five.

The Baltimore Ravens use the sixth pick on Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and the San Francisco 49ers, picking seventh, add Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

That leads us to the Miami Dolphins' eighth overall pick. Miami heads into this Draft with cornerback, offensive line, and linebacker help as the club's top needs. Ramsey and Hargreaves coming off the board ahead of the Dolphins' pick hurts the team's ability to grab the secondary help they need. That does not mean the team will not be looking at the defensive side of the ball however.

With the eighth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, McCrystal projects the Miami Dolphins to select, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.

McCrystal does not provide his thoughts on the pick, but it does seem like a solid one for the Dolphins. He does have some potential to play running back at the NFL level, having played both running back and linebacker at UCLA, but he should be an immediate impact player at linebacker. He is incredibly athletic, and can be a really good coverage linebacker - which Miami needs facing Rob Gronkowski twice a year.

The concern surrounding Jack is about the knee injury that sidelined him for much of last season. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, though the knee should be fully recovered by the time he gets to the NFL Scouting Combine. Jack withdrew from UCLA in October, following his knee injury, so that he can solely concentrate on his recovery and his preparation for the NFL Draft.

Would Jack be an upgrade to a Miami unit that definitely needs to find an upgrade for 2016?