The Miami Dolphins did not look a gift horse in the mouth last night when suddenly Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the player they reportedly had ranked as their second highest prospect on the draft board prior to the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, fell to them with the 13th overall pick. Tunsil had a video in which he appears to be smoking marijuana appear on his Twitter account just 10 minutes before the Draft started, an event that led to a fall for one of the draft's elite prospects.
The Dolphins ended that fall, and in doing so, should shore up an offensive line that needed guard help coming into the Draft. Tunsil could start his career at guard, or the Dolphins could look to put him at left tackle, moving Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert inside to left guard. With a offensive lineman in position, the Dolphins now will turn their attention to some other needs that should be filled, starting as early as tonight's second round.
According to SB Nation's Dan Kadar, that is exactly what they do. Kadar posted a 2016 NFL Mock Draft for the second round on Friday morning, and he has Miami selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller with the 42nd overall pick. He writes:
Fuller's injury issues pushed him into the second round, but he's a technically sound cornerback when healthy.
Fuller, a 5-foot-11, 187 pound cornerback, is the brother of Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller and Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller, as well as former Tennessee Titans, Lions, and New England Patriots safety Vincent Fuller. He has been described as the most talented of the four siblings, and is expected to be a good starter in the NFL. He may still need some time to fully develop, but he has the athleticism and technique to cover NFL level receivers. Work on his man coverage/route running could be his primary focus once he arrives in the NFL, but he reacts to the ball well and he is aggressive when he goes up to high-point a pass.
The Dolphins are looking for a cornerback to start opposite Byron Maxwell, and Fuller could immediately come in and fill that role. He will likely make rookie mistakes this year, but he will also make plays that show why a team is going to spend a second-round pick on him.