The NFL Draft arrives tomorrow, ending months of speculation, rumors, mock drafts, and guesses. Will the Miami Dolphins take a guard in the first round? Will they look to bolster a linebacker corps that struggled with injuries last year? Could they take a cornerback to challenge for a starting role while adding needed depth? There are a lot of options open to Miami this year, and any one of them could make sense.
ESPN this week published an article on the “dream scenario” for every team in the Draft. The Dolphins’ scenario was pretty straight forward: “The top linebackers tumble.”
Adding to the explanation, Dan Graziano wrote:
Fresh off their "Sure, we'll take him" draft of 2016, in which their franchise left tackle landed in their laps at No. 13 because of a gas mask video somebody posted right before the draft, the Dolphins believe in good first-round luck. New Dolphins defensive lineman William Hayes believes in mermaids. I believe linebacker is one area in which the playoff-hopeful Dolphins are deficient, and that someone like Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham would fit really nicely there. If they're dreaming, though, it's of a Haason Reddick or Reuben Foster fall. Crazy? So was the idea of Laremy Tunsil at 13 -- just sayin'.
Of course, now the Draft story lines include Reuben Foster falling after having a diluted urine sample taken at the NFL Scouting Combine for the mandatory drug test.
Miami definitely needs to add linebackers this year, potentially looking for a starter to add to Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso. Jarrad Davis and Zach Cunningham could both be great options for the Dolphins. If Haason Reddick or Foster are available, Miami might have to immediately pull the trigger on grabbing either of them.
Is seeing the linebackers fall on the draft board the best scenario for Miami? Will the Dolphins have a second-straight draft of seeing a top prospect fall into their laps?