I personally have done multiple mock drafts on this site the last few years. This year is the toughest mock I have ever done. The hardest part, is not knowing if the Dolphins will make a move up the draft board or down when things commence tomorrow night. This final mock will be IF the Miami Dolphins do not move. Here it is!
With the 13th pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Ezekiel Elliot- RB Ohio State:
This will be a dream scenario for Miami. Teams like the Cowboys, Giants and Bears are talking up Zeke. The Dolphins may take the bait and trade back up to get him, but I truly feel the Cowboys need to go DE in a big way with the 4th pick, or potentially Jalen Ramsey. Taking a RB without a pass rusher in a division with Eli and Cousins is blasphemy. The same goes for the Giants, who will look to establish a pass rush (Lawson?). The Bears really are the stepping stone to Elliot, who if the Dolphins can nab at 13 without moving up the board, will be huge for day 2 with trying to move around. Miami can also go with a CB (Apple/Hargreaves) but I think getting a back being compared to by some to Adrian Peterson, is someone you can’t pass on. He addresses the need of taking significant pressure off Ryan Tannehill, and can help give the defense a break.
With the 42nd pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Kendall Fuller- CB Virginia Tech
The draft board fell perfectly in round 2 nabbing Kendall Fuller. Kendall is an all technique, ball hawking CB that should fit nicely in Vance Joseph’s system. His brother Kyle (Bears) is already a pretty damn good corner, so the Dolphins find another hole that gets filled. Fuller needs work in the in zone coverage but he is great at tackling and can help in run support. He is roughly 6ft and needs to put on some bulk, but having a very good corner available at this point, you can’t pass on it
With the 73rd pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Su’a Cravens- OLB/S USC
I made this pick because this guy intrigues me. Plays very good in coverage and also tackles very well. He is like a Shaq Thompson from last years draft. I would like to see him more as an OLB. He is phenomenal against the run and he can be physical with TE’s in pass coverage. And with a division with Gronk, Bennett and Clay, you need someone who can handle the load. This guy can do it and in my opinion, a steal in round 3.
With the 107th pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Willie Henry- DT Michigan
What was one of the biggest flaws last year with this team? Everyone, say it out loud with me: STOPPING THE RUN! Willie Henry fell to round 4 of this draft and he is a big man. Miami drafted Jordan Phillips last year and obviously has Suh, Henry could replace cap casuality Earl Mitchell if he performs well in camp. Henry is explosive off the ball and can eat up double teams. He has a knack of getting after the ball carrier and plugging holes. He can provide depth at DT. He does need work in pass rush skills, but he can be used in stopping the run primarily.
With the 147th pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Deion Jones- LB LSU
I think everyone is catching on here. Yes, another LB. Why? This unit needs a shot in the arm and is not very deep. Deion Jones fell in this mock. He will not be here but I am just playing off the board. Jones is FAST and ATHLETIC. He provides depth and again, provides opportunity to cover LB and rush the passer. He needs to develop better due to lack of experience, but he can contribute on special teams and can play if there are injuries. Again, pipe dream if he’s there at 147, but I have to play to the mock board.
With the 186th pick the Miami Dolphins select:
Joe Dahl- G Washington State
An OL late? Yes. I didn’t see much value since this team had too many holes to fill earlier in the draft. I would love to see a Guard in round 2 or 3, but value just wasn’t there for me. Don’t forget round 2 of free agency after the draft as well as post June 1st cuts. Don’t doubt that Tannenbaum may trade for a guard before camp. Dahl has played all 5 positions on the offensive line during his time in college. He is just a football player. He needs to improve in pass and run blocking, but the guy provides depth. At minimum, practice squad guy.
With the 227th pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Avery Young- T Auburn
Long shot to make team, gives depth at tackle since I doubt we will see much of Branden Albert in the pre season.
With the 231st pick, the Miami Dolphins select:
Jalin Marshall- WR Ohio State
Another camp body. These picks sometimes just never pan out, and I don’t think he can make this squad with the current 5. But again, camp bodies.
I will take on all opinions, good or bad. Let me know what you think! Let’s all hope for the best player that the Dolphins take tomorrow will provide some instant help, and hope we see some moving back up into round 1 or 2 to take another very good prospect.