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Mike Mayock talks Dolphins draft, looks at linebackers, cornerbacks, and defensive ends

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call ahead of this week's NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. During the availability, Mayock spoke about the Miami Dolphins' draft prospects, and looked at linebackers, cornerbacks, and defensive ends.

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NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock held his pre-Scouting Combine conference call on Tuesday, taking questions from media types from around the league. During his availability, Mayock was asked about the Miami Dolphins' draft prospects with the eighth overall pick, specifically about linebackers, cornerbacks, and defensive ends who could be on the team's radar.

Yeah, if you're talking linebacker, obviously off the line linebackers in a 4-3 type group, the two linebackers we've already talked about, Myles Jack, who should be healthy, and Jaylon Smith, are by far the two best linebackers in that situation. A guy that I think has gained a lot of steam over the last month is Darron Lee from Ohio State. He's kind of a weak outside linebacker. He's probably going to run in the 4-4s and everybody is going to get all excited about Darron Lee.

I think he's more of a 20-to-32 guy for me, but he's going to go in the first round, and he fits what Miami does.

As far as corners are concerned, there's going to be a lot of conversation about whether Jalen Ramsey is a corner or safety, and I think the most natural corner in the draft is Vernon Hargreaves from the University of Florida. He can create and change a direction, can play press, can play off. If he went eighth to Miami, I think it would be a heck of a pick. He's that good.

And as far as edge guys are concerned, defensive ends, Bosa is probably gone, then you get into Noah Spence. I think he fits the 3-4 teams a little bit better, but in today's day and age, an edge rusher is an edge rusher.

There's a bunch of logical names for you there.