Mock Draft Tuesday continues here on The Phinsider as we take a look at the second projection of the NFL Draft's first round of the day. This mock draft comes from Sam Monson at Pro Football Focus . And, for once, the draft is not starting with offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Monson's draft, rather than the near consensus at this point to give the Tennessee Titans Tunsil with the first overall selection, projects Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner to lead the Draft. He then gives the Cleveland Browns Cal quarterback Jared Goff, the San Diego Chargers Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the Dallas Cowboys Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, and the Jacksonville Jaguars Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.
Jumping from the top five to the Miami Dolphins who, after a trade during free agency with the Philadelphia Eagles, moved from the eighth overall selection to the 13th pick. With that selection, Monson projects a common position for the Dolphins to fill, but a name that has not been oft-seen at this point in mock draft season. The Dolphins, in this projection, use their pick to add Houston cornerback William Jackson III.
About the pick, Monson writes:
With Miami shipping out Grimes, the team needs cornerback help, and William Jackson III may be the best pure corner prospect in the draft. He had the second-highest coverage grade in the draft class this season and allowed only 47.4 percent of passes thrown into his coverage to be complete. An excellent combine performance only enhanced his case as a sure first round talent.
Jackson is a name that is starting to move up draft boards, and he is a name who could be in play in the middle of the first round a month from now. He is someone many Dolphins fans are starting to consider as an option for the team, especially if Miami trades back again in the Draft. The question will be, by late April, will Jackson still be available with a trade back?