I completed a mock draft this afternoon using the FanSpeak On the Clock Premium Mock Draft Simulator. Obviously, I am mocking for the Miami Dolphins. I did a five-round mock, because by the time it gets to the seventh round, we are really talking about just throwing a dart at the board to make a pick. I set my big board to the CBS Sports board, while making the rest of the teams in the league us a randomly selected board. I set the difficulty to “Difficult” and I made the team needs the FanSpeak needs.
I did not accept trades, though there were a couple that were tempting. At one point, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offered me a second-, third-, fifth-, and sixth-round pick for the 22nd overall selection. If I had been accepting trades, I would have taken that one, but I did not want to play the trading game in this mock draft.
Here are the Dolphins specific results for my mock:
Miami Dolphins 5-round mock
Round 1: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
Round 2: Desmond King, S, Iowa
Round 3: Danny Isidora, G, Miami
Round 5a: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
Round 5b: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
Round 5c: Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State
I ran one simulation of this a couple of days ago, with Haason Reddick as my first-round pick, but he was gone by the time the Dolphins were on the clock today. That left me with McKinley, which gives the Dolphins a young edge rusher to add to Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, William Hayes, and Terrence Fede. King is a player I really like and someone who could pair with Reshad Jones to solidify the back-end of the secondary. Isidora comes in and competes for the starting job right away at left guard. Brown needs some time to develop, but gives the team some depth, which is exactly the same as with Kazee. I am a believer in picking quarterbacks each year, giving you depth options while keeping price down. Cole doubles down on the depth at linebacker and gives the team a player who should be able to develop as either a middle linebacker or an outside linebacker.
I did not get a starting linebacker for the Dolphins coming out of this Draft, and I did have a shot at Raekwon McMillan in the second round, but decided to get King instead. I did nearly double down on edge rushers with Jordan Willis still on the board as well in the second round, but decided I could not afford to skip all other needs for a player who would not be a major factor as a rookie (with Wake, Branch, McKinley, Hayes, and Fede all on the roster).
If the Draft fell like this for the Dolphins, how would you react? (You can see the full draft here, allowing you to see how the board fell and where I could have made other choices.)