Last week, Dan Kadar handed the reins of the Mocking the Draft weekly first-round mock draft to Adam Stites. This week, Kadar is back with his latest 2016 NFL Mock Draft, and he returns to one of his top picks for the Miami Dolphins. Stites' version of the mock draft had the Dolphins picking up Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the thirteenth overall pick. Kadar, however, has Elliott coming off the board with the Philadelphia Eagles' eighth overall pick, meaning Miami has to look elsewhere for their selection this week.
Kadar's first five selections mirror his previous mock draft two weeks ago, with the Tennessee Titans adding Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Cleveland Browns picking Cal quarterback Jared Goff, the San Diego Chargers selecting Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, the Dallas Cowboys picking Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, and the Jacksonville Jaguars adding UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. The Dolphins' pick, likewise, matches Kadar's previous selection.
With the 13th overall selection, Kadar projects the Dolphins to add Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander.
To explain the pick, Kadar wrote:
There is arguably no cornerback in the draft who has Alexander's football intelligence. He's a true student of the game and it shows in his ability on the field. Alexander can lock down smaller and quick receivers and knows how to neutralize bigger receivers as well.
This pick is a popular one for the Dolphins this offseason, and not one that can be easily argued against. Alexander is one of the top cornerback prospects, giving Miami a talented prospect as well as one that fills a need. As Kadar stated, he does have great instincts, and he does play well in man coverage. He does not fit what seems to be the new coaching staff's desire for a bigger bodied cornerback (5'10", 190 pounds), and he does not have the cleanest footwork, which could cause him issues early in his career.
What do you think of Alexander? Are you sold that he should be the pick? Would you stick with a cornerback, but look at someone else?