Todd McShay is back at it with his 3rd edition of his mock draft. We are well aware that Miami has plenty of holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball and McShay seems to address that at the number eight spot.
The Tennessee Titans stick with the usual predictable first overall pick, grabbing Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to protect their investment in Marcus Mariota. Tunsil is about as safe of a pick in the draft and Tennessee would have surely liked his services during last year's battle versus Miami. McShay does mention that the Titans will be looking to shop the top pick up until draft day, however, as they have likely more holes to fill than Miami does!
The first quarterback comes off the board at pick #2, as Cleveland moves on from the Johnny Manziel era (we hardly knew ye, Jonathan) and selects QB Carson Wentz from North Dakota State to try and break the QB curse streak for the Browns. If this surely is the pick, hopefully, Wentz doesn't end up with an alcoholic problem, but hey, he would be in Cleveland.
San Diego ends up going with Oregon DE DeForest Buckner at the third spot while Joey Bosa and Jalen Ramsey round off the top 5, going to Dallas and Jacksonville, respectively.
Despite all cornerbacks remaining on the board, Miami heads in a different direction at pick #8 and looks to get a field general for their defense. McShay has the Dolphins selecting UCLA LB Myles Jack, and has this to say about the pick:
Jack, who is still recovering from an early-season knee injury, didn't participate in drills at the combine. But his tape shows a twitched-up athlete who thrives in coverage and can make plays all over the field versus the run. If the Dolphins are looking to add a much-needed playmaker to the second level, Jack is their best bet.
The overall assessment seems to make a ton of sense. Miami truly needs a guy who can play all over the field and hopefully immediately addresses that 31st ranked run defense last season. I think Miami ultimately has a ton of options to look at on draft day, including trading down or out of the first round together. But if they do stand pat I think Jack does make the most sense. He immediately becomes their most versatile linebacker and has a chance to be one of the great linebackers in the league. For a bit more information on Jack, Matthew Cannata does a good job breaking him down here.
Vernon Hargreaves III doesn't last much longer past Miami, going 9th and heading out west to the Buccaneers while RB Ezekiel Elliot joins the G-Men to wrap up the top 10 picks.
A few other picks worth noting would be Ohio State CB Eli Apple to Oakland at #14, Ole Miss Laquon Treadwell WR being the first LA Ram drafted in over two decades, and Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins and Eastern Kentucky OLB Noah Spence staying in the AFC East to Buffalo and New York at 19 and 20, respectively. The Patriots do not have a first-round draft pick because they don't play by the rules.
See the rest of McShay's mock here (ESPN Insider required).