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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
In my 2nd installment of the Miami mock draft I have the dolphins being very active with the trades. Doing what they have to to add bodies and fill needs. Right now we have major holes at guard and linebacker.
Forrest Lamp-OG/C-Western Kentucky 6’4” 310
Lamp is the best interior lineman in this draft.
Great feet, power and versatility to play center during Pouncey’s annual missed time.
He could even play right tackle in a pinch.
He’s a Zach Martin clone that will become a perenial Pro Bowl guard.
Adding Lamp would probably make Miami’s line one of the best 6 or 7 units in the NFL.
I have Miami and Washington working out a deal that sends the 49th pick in round 2 to Miami in exchange for Miami’s 54th(2nd rd), 166th(5th rd) and 178th(5th rd) picks in the draft.
Miami makes this move to ensure they get the linebacker of the future that they covet.
With the 49th pick the Dolphins take LB Raekwon McMillan
Pick 49-from Wash.
Raekwon McMillan-ILB-The Ohio State 6’2” 240
McMillan has really had himself an impressive draft season, proving at the combine that he can stay on the field as a 3-down linebacker in the NFL.
A month ago he probably would still be available at pick 54 but he
Is stock is rising now. Whether its McMillan, Cunningham or Davis, whichever linebacker starts to fall past #45 i think Miami needs to move up to get one of these top level prospects.
McMillan is a very good read and react linebacker with great instincts. He’s quicker than fast.
Reads quarterback's eyes and slides into passing lanes.
Im hearing that Raekwon has that Ray Lewis type leadership quality, very vocal and fiery prescence. The Dolphins are scheduled to meet with him.
*****traded to Washington
I have Miami and Cleveland working out a deal that sends Miami’s compensatory pick, pick 97 overall to Cleveland for the Browns 108th overall pick and 145th pick.
So basically Miami moves back 11 spots from #97 and gains the first pick of round 5.
*****traded to Cleveland
Pick 108-from Cleve.
Daeshon Hall-DE-Texas A&M 6’5” 266
So we trade back 11 spots and still get an excellent DE prospect.
Hall obviously flew under the radar playing opposite Myles Garrett,
But he’s one of my favorite players in this draft and probably the best mid-round pass rusher in the draft. Already experienced in the wide-9, Hall is a solid pass rusher with some crafty moves.
He’s still learning to play with his hand in the dirt because he moved from outside linebacker.
Pick 145-from Cleve.
Corn Elder-nickel CB-Miami 5’10” 185
Elder models his game after Tyrann Mathieu.
Elder is a tenacious slot corner that will stick his head in the fan in run support and get physical with the Julian Edelman’s of the league. He’s a pitbull.
*****traded to Washington
*****traded to Washington
Delano Hill-SS-Michigan 6’1” 216
This draft is so deep at safety that a few of them are gonna get pushed down to us in the 5th round. He’s a fast in-the-box strong safety that defends the run well. Hill doles out punishment on runners and he’d be like an extra linebacker for us.
Has good enough cover ability and is a finisher as a tackler
Danny Isidora-OG-Miami 6’3” 306
Isidora would be a nice fit with Miami as a long term project.
Has good lateral movement but needs to get stronger. Can be groomed to challenge and take over for Ted Larsen at right guard.
Eric Saubert-TE-Drake 6’5” 253
A small-school developmental tight end to add to the mix with Thomas, Gray and Duarte.
Has good size and speed and creates yards after catch, but has inconsistent hands.
Has to perform better as a blocker.
Steven Taylor-OLB-Houston 6’1” 225
Taylor made plays all over the field for Houston, grading positively against the run, as a pass rusher, and in coverage. Miami could get creative with him at outside linebacker.
Will be a quality reserve linebacker and core special teamer.
So after the trades I have us drafting 8 total players.
An elite guard to play next to Tunsil, our MLB for the next 8 years, a future starting defensive end, a lockdown slot corner, a potential steal at safety and 3 developmental reserves.
Most of the major transactions are over so teams are reassessing needs and putting the finishing touches on their pre-draft rosters. Miami made some quiet moves to bolster their roster, and spent a good amount on retaining their own. The most glaring needs are at guard and linebacker, followed by defensive end, safety and defensive tackle. Miami will need to get some young legs who can eventually succeed their aging veterans. It remains to be seen if another trade is on the horizon, and I would not doubt for a second that Mike Tannenbaum will be looking to move down from the 22nd pick in Round 1 to acquire more assets.
Here is my current prediction for Round 1:
1. Cleveland - Myles Garrett DE - Take the best player, don't think twice.
2. San Francisco - Solomoan Thomas DE - Create a dominant defensive line to take pressure off of a brand new offense.
3. Chicago - Jamal Adams S - Get an alpha leader and playmaker to counter Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford in the division.
4. Jacksonville - Leornard Fournette RB - They grab their new featured weapon.
5. **Trade** Cleveland - Mitch Trubisky QB
- Cleveland sends Picks 12 and 33 to Tennessee to acquire Pick 5
- Rumors are circulating that Cleveland loves a QB and doesn't expect him to make it past New York.
6. New York (J) - Malik Hooker S - The Jets' secondary really needs someone to be a field general.
7. Los Angeles (C) - Mike Williams WR - Rivers needs a guy who can make contested catches and score touchdowns.
8. Carolina - Jonathan Allen DE - Despite some shoulder concerns, Carolina can't pass this guy up as a successor to their defensive ends.
9. Cincinnati - Reuben Foster LB - The human missile should not fall this far and Cincy gets a steal.
10. Buffalo - Marshon Lattimore CB - Stephon who? Top 5 talent and shutdown cornerback for the new defense.
11. New Orleans - Derek Barnett DE - Productive and a high motor guy to pair with Cameron Jordan.
12. Tennessee - OJ Howard TE - Immediately upgrades the passing and running game, also gives Mariota a legit Red Zone target.
13. Arizona - Marlon Humphrey CB - Patrick Peterson needs some help on the other boundary and Humphrey makes plays.
14. Philadelphia - Gareon Conley CB - They spent big in free agency on offense so now the secondary gets a much needed talent infusion.
15. Indianapolis - Forrest Lamp OG - May seem early for a guard but the Colts desperately need to keep Luck upright and give Gore running room.
16. Baltimore - Garrett Bolles OT - Baltimore depleted its offensive line and almost forced this as a need pick, but I doubt they will regret his talent.
17. Washington - Zach Cunningham LB - I'm thinking he'll soon be known as The Beast of the NFC East
18. Tennessee - John Ross WR - Big target drafted earlier and now the speed demon their offense sorely lacks.
19. Tampa Bay - Jabril Peppers S - A suddenly scary looking front seven will give him all the room he needs to fly across the field making plays.
20. Denver - Christian McCaffrey RB - The family legacy is coming home to unleash some offensive damage on the AFC West.
21. Detroit - Taco Charlton DE - Brings immediate pass rush help and will benefit from teams trying to shut down Ziggy Ansah.
22. Miami - Haason Reddick LB
- This is a great pick for Miami (BPA+Need) and the closer we get to draft day the less likely it may become. Reddick is not a seasoned linebacker but brings
the experience of both a cornerback and defensive end. He was outstanding at the Senior Bowl in linebacker drills and backed it up with great
Combine numbers. He looks the part of a three down player who can drop into coverage in nickel packages with Kiko Alonso. I'm a little concerned
that Indianapolis or Baltimore may look at him as BPA and pull trigger. For now Miami gets their man.
23. New York (G) - Takkarist McKinley DE - Jason Pierre Paul plays one more year while the raw McKinley is groomed behind him to become a dominant pass rusher.
24. Oakland - Chidobe Awuzie CB - A four year starter who can handle both the boundary and the slot, he helps replace draft bust DJ Hayden.
25. Houston - Fabian Moreau CB - Finally getting the hype he deserves in draft circles, the Texans find an AJ Buoye replacement without reaching for a quarterback.
26. Seattle - Corey Davis WR - Injury concerns force him to slide, so the Seahawks gamble on a top 15 talent who can grow into an alpha receiver role.
27. Kansas City - Dalvin Cook RB - Andy Reid gambles on character concerns to find a playmaker who can replace Jamaal Charles.
28. Dallas - Charles Harris DE - Dallas gets some much needed pass rush help and this guy brings a high motor.
29. Green Bay - Quincy Wilson CB - The cornerback run continues as Green Bay looks to improve on its young, underwhelming cornerback group.
30. Pittsburgh - Raekwon McMillan LB - Just seems like a great replacement for Lawrence Timmons and he eased concerns about his speed at the Combine.
31. Atlanta - Malik McDowell DT - BPA who's maturity issues and questionable motor drop him out of top 15 contention, and into Dan Quinn's defense.
32. New Orleans - TreDavious White CB - If the Saints acquire Malcom Butler this pick may go back to New England, but for now they get a solid corner.