Mock drafts seem to be all over the place for the Miami Dolphins. The team could go in any direction on defense and any position that isn't wide receiver or quarterback on offense. The Dolphins have many holes to fill and if they want a certain player, they're going to need the draft to fall their way. So let's check out three big questions for the Miami Dolphins heading into the draft.
Ezekiel Elliott hype?
It's been reported that the Dolphins really, really, really like running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Dolphins need a starter at running back and Elliott would be the day one starter. Jay Ajayi is penciled in as the Dolphins starter and I would love to see what Ajayi could do in that role.
Last year, the it was widely reported that the Dolphins liked Todd Gurley. Well, we will never know if it was hype or a smokescreen of some sorts. Gurley was selected at No.10 while the Dolphins were sitting at No.14. I know I was on the Gurley bandwagon, but I loved the DeVante Parker pick.
For Elliott to fall to the Dolphins, it will all depend on what the San Diego Chargers do at No.3. If the Chargers select Jalen Ramsey, you can be sure the Dallas Cowboys at No.4 will be selecting Elliott. But there are other teams who are also very interested in Elliott including the Chicago Bears who pick at No.11. The Dolphins would have to trade up to ensure they can get Elliott, but I'm not a fan of that.
Mike Tannenbaum/Chris Grier
This will be Chris Grier's first draft as a general manager. Grier has worked his way up the ladder to get to this position. Alongside Grier will be Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Mike Tannenbaum.
Tannenbaum is not afraid to take chances. Which is why I will not be surprised to see the Dolphins trade up to get Ezekiel Elliott or Myles Jack (more on him later). If the draft board isn't going their way either, Tannenbaum could look to trade down also.
I have a tough time understand the Dolphins structure. Tannenbaum is the boss while Grier and Adam Gase report to him. But Gase has final say over the roster. I feel like it's more of a collaborative effort between these three guys. I don't think one guy is going to make all the decisions. I feel they will only make a move if they all agree on it. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the draft room tonight.
If you would have told me two weeks ago that Myles Jack could fall to the Dolphins, I would have called you crazy and sent you to live with Alpha. Unfortunately, some teams are worried about Jack's knee and he is falling down draft boards.
The Dolphins have done their research and are optimistic that Jack could fall to them. That was earlier in the week. Today, however, it's being reported that Jack will likely fall out of the top 10. Jack is dealing with a knee injury similar to Jay Ajayi last year. As we all know, Ajayi fell to the fifth round and the Dolphins scooped him up.
Jack has admitted that he could eventually need microfracture surgery on his knee. He then went on to say that he doesn't know how long he is going to play in the league. That's something you don't want to hear from your first round draft pick.
So many questions that may or may not be answered tonight. Tune into the draft tonight!