Another week down, time for another mock draft. Dan Kadar, from SB Nation's Mocking the Draft, put out a weekly update to his 2016 NFL Mock Draft, and for the first time this year, he has moved away from a cornerback pick for the Miami Dolphins. He did not stray too far, however, as he still is looking for the South Florida franchise to upgrade the defense.
Kadar starts his draft with the Tennessee Titans selecting Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, followed by the Cleveland Browns selecting California quarterback Jared Goff, and the San Diego Chargers adding Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner. The top five picks were then rounded out with the Dallas Cowboys picking Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars selection of Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa.
Leading into the Dolphins pick, the sixth selection in Kadar's mock draft sees the Baltimore Ravens pick up Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and the San Francisco 49ers adding Eastern Kentucky outside linebacker/defensive end Noah Spence.
The Dolphins, according to Kadar's latest projection, use their eighth overall pick on UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Kadar explains his choice, writing:
Although Miami needs to add talent at defensive back, inside linebacker is a big need as well. Jack has the chance to be a special player at the next level. He's a supreme athlete who can cover a lot of ground and matches up nicely against tight ends and running backs in the passing game.
This is a pick that many Dolphins fans will immediately get behind. The Denver Broncos, in winning the Super Bowl, demonstrated exactly why a team needs strong linebacker play, and it is clearly an area Miami could use an upgrade. Ideally, Miami is looking to find their field general middle linebacker, and Jack may not fit that role precisely. He should likely be used as a weakside linebacker, which is a position already filled by Jelani Jenkins. Adding talent to the roster should never be a complaint, and the Dolphins could look to add Jack, then figure out the best three linebackers to start, regardless of their "position" as a weak, strong, or middle linebacker.