The third draft of Mock Draft Tuesday here on The Phinsider is from our friend Brett Kollmann over at Battle Red Blog. This mock draft is the third first-round projection we have featured today, and it will mark the third different pick for the Miami Dolphins. The NFL Draft is a month away from actually kicking off, and it is really hard to figure out exactly what the Dolphins could do this year.
Kollmann starts with the Tennessee Titans picking Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. That is then followed by the Cleveland Browns using the second overall pick on Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, followed by the San Diego Chargers using their third overall selection on Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner. Kollmann's fourth pick has the Dallas Cowboys selecting North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, with the Jacksonville Jaguars rounding out the top five picks with a selection of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.
When it gets to the Dolphins with the 13th selection, most mock drafts seem to have Miami looking to add a cornerback, which is one of the team's top needs. It does not fill one of their other major needs, and one that may be even more critical this year: guard. The Dolphins have to finally solve the puzzle that has been their offensive line, and they have to do it this year, if they are ever going to know exactly what they have in quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Kollmann's selection for the Dolphins addresses that requirement.
With the 13th overall selection in the Kollmann 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the Dolphins select Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair.
Kollmann writes of the pick:
This is probably the very, very top of Cody Whitehair's potential draft range, but as the fake GM of the Dolphins, I really did not want to risk losing out on the best guard prospect in this class (in my opinion). Ryan Tannehill simply will not survive much longer if Miami doesn't fix their issues with handling interior pressure. At the end of the day, you really cannot put too high of a price on a clean pocket and wide open cut back lanes, so I'm comfortable with the pick.
I am not going to slam this pick as a bad one, because it really is not. I really like Whitehair and think he would do some good things lining up next to Mike Pouncey on the Miami offensive line. I think there is an ability to trade back if Whitehair is the target, agreeing with Kollmann that 13th overall is the top of Whitehair's draft range. I would probably consider Jack Conklin over Whitehair if I were truly looking for an offensive lineman with Miami's pick, giving the team a player they could move inside or they could groom to take over for Branden Albert whenever the veteran retires.
Whitehair is a solid pick, but it is not a spectacular one. Would you agree, or do you think Kollmann blew this pick?