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We are now less than 2 weeks away from the 2016 NFL Draft, and we just had our 1st major trade related to the draft, as the now Los Angeles Rams traded up from #15 to #1 with the Tennessee Titans.  This has sent many scrambling in regards to mock drafts.  This is my 1st one for the entire NFL, so let's get started.

 

1) Los Angeles - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State - The Rams felt like they could not go into the season with Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Sean Mannion to start the season at QB.  Michael Silver insists it's Cal QB Jared Goff, but the consensus right now is Wentz.

 

2) Cleveland - Jared Goff, QB, California - There is some talk that the Browns are willing to go with Robert Griffin III as the starting QB, and are open to trading down.  Not sure I buy that quite yet.

 

3) San Diego - Laremy Tunsil, OLT, Mississippi - Phillip Rivers has taken a beating, and while the Chargers have many needs, this is one of the biggest they have, the OL.

 

4) Dallas - Jalen Ramsey, CB/FS, Florida State - Joey Bosa could be in play here as well, but supposely DL coach Leon Lett is not as high on Bosa as some are.  Ramsey is rated the top player on the Cowboys board, and their secondary certainly needs help.

 

5) Jacksonville - Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA - There is some buzz that some teams were fine with the progress of Jack's knee, but that some were also concerned about his knee.  If Jacksonville doctor's sign off on Jack's knee, he is the pick.

 

6) Baltimore - DeForest Buckner, DT/DE, Oregon - Buckner helps Ravens fill a need on the DL with the release of Chris Canty.

 

7) San Fransico - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State - The 49ers along with the Eagles could be teams that look to trade up to get California QB Jared Goff.  If the 49ers stay put, they help their pass rush with Bosa lined up opposite Aaron Lynch.

 

8) Philadelphia - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State - As I mentioned with the 49ers, the Eagles could look to trade up and were heavily involved with the Titans in trade talks.  If they stay put, I think Elliott is the pick, as there is talk that they may trade RB Ryan Matthews.

 

9) Tampa Bay - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson - Tampa Bay needs to improve their pass rush and he fits the 4-3 scheme they run.

 

10) New York Giants - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia - The Giants need a ton of help on what is a very porus defense.  They spend a ton of money during the off season, and they continue to add to the defense.

 

11) Chicago - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida - The Bears defense was horrible last year, especially in the secondary.  The Bears have a need at cornerback and take Hargreaves.

 

12) New Orleans - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame - There is some buzz about the Saints looking to take a QB of the future, but I don't see it being in the 1st round.  Protecting Drew Brees needs to be protected, as he took a beating last year.

 

13) Miami - William Jackson, CB, Houston - Miami has several areas that need to be addressed, CB being one of the biggest needs.  Jackson has been on a study rise on boards and some have him only behind FSU CB Jalen Ramsey.  If Ezekiel Elliott get's here, I think he is the pick, and Miami could look to trade down.  That said, I think Jackson is the pick, as he is a fit for what Miami is looking for in a CB, a big CB with press coverage ability.  Miami could go DE here as well.

 

14) Oakland - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville - DT/DE Mario Edwards has a possible career ending neck injury.  Rankins can come in and provide an nice, interior pass rush.

 

15) Tennessee - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State - There some talk of the Titans possible looking to get back up into the top 10.  If they don't, the look to protect their QB investment and take Conklin to play ORT opposite OLT Taylor Lewan.

 

16) Detroit - Laquan Treadwell, WR, Mississippi - The Lions have a need at DT as well, but they lost an all time great when Calvin Johnson retired, and now have a big hole at WR.  Treadwell does not have Calvin's speed, but is a big bodied WR with very good hands.

 

17) Atlanta - Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama - The Falcons need to upgrade the LB Core, and add the best ILB in Ragland.

 

18) Indianapolis - Ryan Kelly, OC, Alabama - The Colts need to protect their franchise QB in Andrew Luck.  They need interior help as well as help at ORT.

 

19) Buffalo - Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State - Nigel Bradham signed with Philadelphia and was not a good fit in Rex Ryan's defensive scheme.  Lee is seen as a better fit.  There has been some talk of Buffalo possibly looking at QB as well.  DT could be a consideration also.

 

20) New York Jets - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis - The Jets almost pulled off a trade to get up to get the #1 pick in the draft, and they could be very interested in trading up to make sure they get Lynch.  Denver could also be in play for Lynch.

 

21) Washington - Jarren Reed, DT, Alabama - The Redskins let Terrance Knighton walk and need to fill the hole.  They could go linebacker as well.

 

22) Houston - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor- The Texans need a threat that can stretch the field opposite emerging star DeAndre Hopkins,  Either Coleman or ND WR Will Fuller will be the pick.  I'm going with Coleman.

 

23) Minnesota - Josh Dotson, WR, TCU - Minnesota released WR Mike Vallace, and they are looking for a more complete wide receiver.  Dotson has the size, good speed and would give them a nice duo with Stefon Diggs.

 

24) Cincinnati - Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame - The Bengals lost WR Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu during the off season.  Will Fuller would be a nice receiver to add with A.J Green.

 

25) Pittsburgh - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State - The Steelers have been doing a lot of evaluation of cornerbacks, like Miami.  They take the Ohio State Buckeye.

 

26) Seattle - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana - Seattle could go DT/DE here, but they need to try to protect QB Russell Wilson a little more than they have.

 

27) Green Bay - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama - With B.J Raji retiring, the Packers could look to add a stout DT.

 

28) Kansas City - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson - Kansas City lost CB Sean Smith to the Raiders in free agency, and fill his slot with Alexander.

 

29) New England - Forfeited pick

 

30) Arizona - Keanu Neal, FS, Florida - The safety spot was a sore point for the Cardinals.

 

31) Carolina - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson - The Panthers add to a strong defensive front that lost DE Jared Allen to retirement and signed veteran DE Charles Johnson to only a 1 year contract.

 

32) Denver - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State - Denver could be one of those teams looking to trade up to get QB Paxton Lynch of Memphis.  They still could look to acquire San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick.  DE could be a consideration here as well as the Broncos lost DE Malck Jackson to Jacksonville in free agency.

 

 

 

Big DaveIn less than 3 weeks the NFL Draft will begin, and there are still many weaknesses with the Dolphins. Free agency did not address any of them, but I do believe this team is in better shape than the one that limped into the offseason last year. The Dolphins are still weak at CB, LB, and OG. Nothing was really addressed during free agency, but perhaps that is a good thing as the Dolphins have been overpaying for players the past 3 years and it hasn't gotten them better. It's time to for the Dolphins to start making smart decisions during the draft and stop wasting Stephen Ross' money.

So, who should our draft pick be? Seems that Miami Dolphins first pick will be Darron Lee, OLB from Ohio State according to Darryl Williams, oddsmaker at FootballBettingCenter.com; however, I think differently. I believe the Dolphins will go with ILB Reggie Ragland because I believe the Dolphins #1 priority is still to stop the run. What better way to put fear in the offense than to draft a heat-seeking missile over the middle. That missile is Reggie Ragland. I do like Darron Lee as well, but we keep hearing the words "potential" and "impressive showing at the NFL Combine" and "raw". The Dolphins need to hit the ground running and that would be by drafting Reggie Ragland.

Now, IF either RB Ezekiel Elliot and CB Vernon Hargreaves falls to #13, then the Dolphins may have no choice but to draft either one. I do not think they will fall in the draft.

 

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Reggie
Ragland

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6'1""
247 lbs
40 @ 4.72

The Dolphins have had a lot of cornerbacks to visit the past month and just about all of them are corners that should be selected after the first round. I still believe the Dolphins priority is to stop the run, and what they need is a heat-seeking missile in the middle of the defense. That missile is ILB Reggie Ragland.

Apr 10

Phinfever Draft Analyst:
Tony Simmons

McKenzie Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

1) Mackensive Alexander, CB, Clemson, 5'10, 190 lbs - With the release of CB Brent Grimes, the need for a CB opposite Maxwell is a need that has to be addressed, and Alexander could be the guy. Strong, compact, physical and very good in man press coverage. Is a technican and studies his technique as well as the player he will be playing against. He will have to become more comfortable with zone coverages and he does not have the ideal size, but he has everything else you want in a cornerback. Will come up and hit. Spoke with Alexander at the Combine.

2) Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU, 6'5, 326 lbs - I have been disappointed that Miami has not done MORE in trying to address a position that has been problems for years. They tried to sign Boone, but missed on him. There were other guards that I thought Miami could go after, but did not and have not gone after any other OG so far Bushrod was bought in to compete at OG, and while it is thought that he can make that move, he still will be making a transition to a new spot. Alexander is big, powerful, and is a Road Grader in the run game and has the quickness to get to the next level and get to linebackers. Adujst well to stunts and blitz and was a 4 year starter, playing at RT and OLG. He does need to improve his sink and anchor to deal with rusher that go from speed to power, but he fits the bill for what the Dolphins are looking for. Spoke with Alexander at the Combine.

3) Deion Jones, OLB, LSU, 6'1, 222 lbs - The linebacker position for Miami in 2015 was a position of concern. Kiki Alonso will provide an upgrade at one spot, and Jones could provide another upgrade. Active, instinctive and very athletic with range and coverage ability. Good against the run and is good working off blocks, making plays. Performs on special teams as well. Miami was at the LSU Pro Day.

Mar 20

Phinfever Draft Analyst:
Mark Grimm

Kevin Dodd

DE
Florida
Junior
6'5"
277 lbs
40 @ 4.86

I wanted to give us Hargreaves or Elliott with our top pick but instead I predicted Philly drafting Zeke and Tampa taking Hargreaves right after that, so by the time its our turn I think it will be narrowed down to a small player pool consisting of Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Mackensie Alexander,Darron Lee and William Jackson.

I think the Giants will take one of the Clemson ends at #10. Lee is a possibility but as of now we have 3 starters filled at linebacker. The 2 corners will be considered but not so sure they at top 13 material. So there is a very good chance we end up with one of the Clemson pass rushers and right now I’m predicting its Dodd who has really climbed up teams boards.

In the National Championship game he lit up the Crimson Tide with five tackles for loss, including three sacks. Wake and Williams are at the tail end of their careers so we can ease Dodd in slowly as the heir apparent to Wake. Dodd’s a large pass rusher with a great motor and a knack for getting to the quarterback.

Mar 24
         

Athlon
Sports

Kevin Dodd

DE
Florida
Junior
6'5"
277 lbs
40 @ 4.86

Biggest needs: Running back, edge rusher, cornerback

Pick: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

If Elliott is still here, he’d be hard to turn down. Although the Dolphins may feel satisfied with Mario Williams replacing Olivier Vernon, picking up Dodd if he is still around would be a good long-term solution at a position where you can never have enough quality depth.

Other Possibilities: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State; Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
- See more at: http://athlonsports.com/nfl/2016-nfl-draft-first-round-mock#sthash.W81T8FPK.dpuf

Mar 28

Bleacher
Report

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

(No comment given)
Apr 8

Breaking Football

McKenzie Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

Since the combine, William Jackson III has skyrocketed up draft boards and in my eyes, has even surpassed a guy like Mackensie Alexander. While the Dolphins could go defensive end here to help ease the blow left behind by Olivier Vernon, their defensive line isn’t in terrible shape. Instead, they address corner which is the biggest need on the team.

The Dolphins traded for Byron Maxwell, but if his play is any resemblance of his future performance, Miami is in desperate need for another corner as Jamar Taylor isn’t a starting caliber CB either. Jackson plays a physical, intelligent game on the outside and has great speed to go along with his cover skills.

Mar 28

CBS
Sportsline
Dane Brugler

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

The Dolphins are looking to add speed on defense, especially at the linebacker level. Lee certainly offers range, and is an ascending player with high upside.
Apr 8

CBS
Sportsline
Jared Dubin

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Miami needs help on the second and third level of its defense. Lee is one of the fastest linebackers in the draft and should be able to help against both the run and the pass.
Apr 3

CBS
Sportsline
Pete Prisco

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

They keep sniffing around veteran runners. Why not just land the best back in the draft?
Apr 5

CBS
Sportsline
Rob
Rang

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Even with defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Olivier Vernon often drawing multiple blockers, Miami's linebackers struggled to make big plays a year ago. Lee remains a bit raw after leaving Ohio State as just a redshirt sophomore but his talent is obvious. A former quarterback and safety, Lee combines a unique perspective on coverage with outstanding athleticism, including closing speed and explosiveness as a hitter.
Apr 8

CBS
Sportsline
Will Brinson

Kevin Dodd

DE
Florida
Junior
6'5"
277 lbs
40 @ 4.86

Letting Vernon walk out the door and signing Mario Williams to pair with Cameron Wake means age is an issue on the defense line, so Mike Tannenbaum starts to restock the well with back-to-back Clemson pass rushers.
Apr 7

Cincinatti .com
Paul Dehner, Jr

McKenzie Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

The Dolphins need a corner for defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to mold opposite newly-acquired Byron Maxwell.
Mar 15

CSN Mid-Atlantic Ben Standig

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Needs: OL, CB, RB. Best player available strategy in play, though Miami must add defensive playmakers after losing Olivier Vernon and Brent Grimes in free agency. Lee entered the Buckeyes starting lineup in 2014 after Ryan Shazier joined the pro ranks. The former safety generated 27.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over the next two seasons. Lee was named defensive MVP in Ohio State's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama for the 2015 national title. in round two works. The Dolphins need that type of impact with Cameron Wake recovering after tearing his Achilles mid-season.
Apr 4

Denver
Broncos.com

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

They'd probably love to see Elliott fall this far, but if not, they go for a defensive upgrade.
Apr 4

Draft
Ace

Eli
Apple

CB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.40

CB with length - significant upgrade in secondary.
Apr 4

Draft
Breakdown

McKenzie Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

Needs: OL, CB, RB. Best player available strategy in play, though Miami must add defensive playmakers after losing Olivier Vernon and Brent Grimes in free agency. Lee entered the Buckeyes starting lineup in 2014 after Ryan Shazier joined the pro ranks. The former safety generated 27.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over the next two seasons. Lee was named defensive MVP in Ohio State's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama for the 2015 national title. in round two works. The Dolphins need that type of impact with Cameron Wake recovering after tearing his Achilles mid-season.
Mar 28

Draft
Daddy

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

(No comment given)
Mar 19

Draft
Insiders
Digest

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

13 Miami - * Shaq Lawson - DE - 6-3, 275 - Clemson
42 Miami - Cody Whitehair - OG - 6-5, 310 - Kansas St
Apr 1

Draft
King

Reggie
Ragland

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6'1""
247 lbs
40 @ 4.72

The 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Ragland has plenty of experience from his time in Tuscaloosa, where he led the Crimson Tide in tackles in his senior season. After weighing in at a hefty 259 pounds at the Senior Bowl, which raised some eyebrows, Ragland dropped 12 pounds between then and the NFL Combine. If he can stay lean, he has the potential to do some great things in the NFL.
Apr 8

Draft
Season
Lupagus

Reggie
Ragland

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6'1""
247 lbs
40 @ 4.72

I’m not a big fan of the Dolphins trade, and it costs them Ezekiel Elliot in this mock. With Hargreaves gone too, the Phins make a safe pick and take Ragland who they can play outside over Misi or move inside when Kiko Alonso blows out his ACL in week 2.

Round 2: Derrick Henry RB, Alabama. The Dolphins get their RB of the future, and everyone rejoices. Everyone but Jay Ajayi that is.

Apr 5

Draft
Season
Onebar

Jack
Conklin

OT
MSU
Junior
6'6"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.00

I went with need more than value for the Dolphins at 13. Miami has been trying to shore up their offensive line the past few years and Conklin would help get them in the right direction and be the heir apparent to injury prone Branden Albert.
Apr 5

Draft
Season
ULTIMATE

Reggie
Ragland

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6'1""
247 lbs
40 @ 4.72

The Dolphins could use a boost to their linebacking corps. Ragland is the Total Package and is arguably the safest and surest pick in this year’s Draft.
Apr 5
McKenzie Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

With the addition of free agent DB, Ifo Ekpre Olomu, Miami only added a potential roster addition to (but not the answer to) the largest void on the team. What Miami must do is find a way to address this need, and make this problem vanish like they did with the former number 21's baggage. The search for that missing piece in their secondary may prove more difficult than expected, as top picks Ramsey and Hargreaves came flying off our boards this week.

Two questions come to mind in this search for the missing DB: Who is the best DB available at pick 13? Are they worth the early round pick? It just so happens that the answers to both those questions are "Yes" and "Yes". In this week's CMD, Mackensie Alexander is again sitting right where Miami needs him to be. Forget the lack of INTs in college; this guy flat-out marooned top WRs on his little island at the collegiate level. It was not all too long ago that we had this kid rated as the top DB in the draft. The only thing left to see now is how his man-coverage skill set transfers to the NFL.

Round 2: Derrick Henry RB, Alabama. The running back situation is not as bad as one may think at first glance. Jay Ajayi had a very nice start to his short season and has quietly become the lead guy down here in the beautiful Florida sun. Does this mean that the situation should not be addressed? Let's face it; the signing of Pead and Thomas was not well-received in Phins' Nation, and it is safe to say that Miami will still be addressing the running back position at some point in the draft. In this week's CMD, it just so happens that there is this monster of a gem sitting at pick #42, just waiting to be picked and polished. Derrick Henry's size alone is incomparable among active running backs and his NFL comparison is to last season's Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller. There is simply no reason why a team looking for a running back should pass up on this guy in RD2.

Apr 8

Draft
Wire

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

The Dolphins need a linebacker who can play in space and make plays all over the field. Lee, with his athleticism, instincts and cover skills, could be that player.
Apr 6

ESPN INSIDER
Mel
Kiper

*

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Lee offers tremendous upside, and I think a smart defensive coordinator will find him extremely versatile. He's an explosive, blitzing threat who is great in space and will grow into an above-average coverage linebacker. Athletes like this are special, and Lee has the instincts to go with that raw ability.
Apr 6

ESPN INSIDER
Todd
McShay

*

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

The No. 5 player on our board, Elliott has the skill set to be an every-down RB from Day 1. He's an exceptional blocker and a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, while also showing great vision and suddenness in the open field. The Dolphins need some semblance of a run game to take the pressure off QB Ryan Tannehill.
Mar2

FF Toolbox
Mark Niemi

Reggie
Ragland

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6'1""
247 lbs
40 @ 4.72

The Dolphins have been playing for years without a true ILB, and have struggled against the run and the short passing game because of it. While inside linebacker is often not a premium position in terms of players receiving first round draft grades, Alabama's Reggie Ragland is an athletic, three down player who is equally adept in coverage as he is against the run.

ROUND 2: MIA: Kendall Fuller, S, Virginia Tech*. Miami is looking to revamp their secondary, and an athletic free safety like Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech would add some much needed quickness to the mix, and could help form a long term duo if the Buccaneers are able to grab corner Vernon Hargreaves in the 1st round.

Mar 8

FF Toolbox
Moralez-Smith

Jalen
Ramsey

CB
school
yrr
6'1"
209 lbs
40 @ 4.41

Ramsey reminds me a lot of a young Antonio Cromartie or more recently Patrick Peterson. He's an unbelievable long-striding athlete with tremendous instincts and ball skills. Occasionally he will get burned taking risks, but overall there is very little not to love here. He has rare talent and is close to a sure thing. The only real concern here is that Ramsey may be gone by the time Miami picks. The most concerning team being the Jags, 'Ramsey would be the best possible pick for the Dolphins in the draft. He would start immediately at cornerback, and would likely allow the Dolphins to move on from Brent Grimes if they choose to do so. He's a lock down corner and would become the team's defensive leader for years to come. Ramsey likely won't fall to 8, but if he does, he will become a (member of the) Miami Dolphins.'
Mar 8

Football Betting Center

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

The Dolphins need a linebacker who can play in space and make plays all over the field. Lee, with his athleticism, instincts and cover skills, could be that player.
Mar 29

Football
Fan
Spot

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

In order to fit Byron Maxwell’s absurd contract under the cap, the Dolphins had to cut veteran cornerback Brent Grimes. Though he was aging, Grimes was their best cornerback last season, better than Maxwell, so they didn’t get better at the position; just more expensive. They still need an upgrade on the other side. Fortunately, even though they inexplicably moved down from 8 to 13 in that trade, they could still be in position Vernon Hargreaves, arguably the top cornerback prospect in this draft class (some would argue Eli Apple, who is also an option at this pick).
Apr 6

LA Times
Sam Farmer

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

Jack could go sooner — maybe to Dallas — but he's a good fit for a Dolphins team sorely in need of defenders.

(* Farmer's mock still has the Dolphins at #8 in the draft. Miles Jack will not be there at #13)

Mar 6

Optimum
Scouting

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Even after adding Byron Maxwell, I don’t trust the Dolphins corners. Hargreaves is a top-10 talent and they don’t lose value even after trading back from 8.
Mar 18

National
Football
Post

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Some people have Elliott as a possible top 10 guy. I think that is too high for any running back. This could be is landing spot as RB is very important in an Adam Gase offense.
Apr 5

NFL.COM
Chad
Rueter

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Even after acquiring Byron Maxwell from the Eagles, the Dolphins could use help in the secondary. Hargreaves' ability as a playmaker won't be overlooked.

ROUND 2 : Miami Dolphins: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
ROUND 3 : Miami Dolphins: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
ROUND 4 : Miami Dolphins: K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia

Mar 11

NFL.COM
Bucky
Brooks

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

The Ohio State standout would give the Dolphins an electric runner to build around.
Apr 5

NFL.COM
Charley
Casserly

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Trader Mike Tannenbaum hits a home run with Elliott.
Apr 7

NFL.COM
Charles
Davis

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

The loss of Olivier Vernon in free agency can be mitigated by this excellent, determined, tough player who can make plays, and helps ease the pressure on DE Cameron Wake.
Mar 23

NFL.COM
Daniel
Jeremiah

Eli
Apple

CB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.40

Miami continues to invest in making its defense dominant.
Mar 29

NFL
Draft
101

DeForest
Buckner

DE
Oregon
Senior
6'7"
290 lbs
40 @ 4.85

There is a lot of hype around Buckner and his potential off the edge. Cameron Wake is coming off a torn Achilles at the age of 33 and Olivier Vernon is coming up on impending free agency.
Jan 18

NFL
Draft
Countdown

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Trading down from #8 will likely cost the Dolphins a shot at Ohio St. RB Ezekiel Elliott. Remember, not only does Miami need a long-term replacement for Lamar Miller but they were also infatuated with Todd Gurley a year ago. If Elliott is off the board the most logical alternative would be a cover guy and they would likely be thrilled to see Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III still on the board. The major knock on Hargreaves is a lack of ideal size / length (5-10 1/2). While there is precedent for sub-6’0” corners coming off the board in the Top 10 overall it doesn’t happen often. Hargreaves has a chance to be one of the exceptions. Despite his somewhat diminutive dimensions Hargreaves plays a lot bigger due to an aggressive, physical mentality. Hargreaves will be paid handsomely for his coverage ability though, where his speed, quick feet, fluid hips and instincts allow him to stick to opposing wideouts down the field. Hargreaves is also a playmaker in the secondary, finishing his Gators career with 28 pass breakups and 10 interceptions in just three seasons. Think of Hargreaves as a rich-man’s version of Jason Verrett. Don’t rule out a pass rusher either since Cameron Wake and Mario Williams are both on the wrong side of thirty.

Top 3 Team Needs: CB | RB | LB

Mar 31

NFL
Draft
Geek

Emmanual
Ogbah

CB
Florida
Junior
6'4"
273 lbs
40 @ 4.63

It's hard to see the Dolphins not going for a defensive end this year after losing not only Olivier Vernon, but also Derrick Shelby, who was one of the most underrated players on the market. Now left with 34 year old Cameron Wake coming off a torn achilles and 31 year old Mario Williams coming off the worst season of his career, the Dolphins have to be making their pass rush priority number one in the draft. While they might consider either of the two Clemson pass rushers, Shaq Lawson or Kevin Dodd, we prefer Emmanuel Ogbah who has the production and measureables to earn this billing. Ogbah recorded 24 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss over the past two years, and his 4.60 forty at 275 pounds combined with his 35 1/2" inch arms prove he's ready to play immediately.

ROUND 2: Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple (CB Ohio State)
ROUND 3: Miami Dolphins - Alex Collins (RB Arkansas)

Apr 3

Phinphanatic

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Many believe that Elliot will not be available when the Dolphins pick at 13. The biggest hurdle may come at the 8th overall selection where the Dolphins moved out and Philadelphia moved in. It would be an ironic twist of fate if a player that is high on the Dolphins board goes to the team they swapped picks with. New rumors have surfaced that the Eagles may try and move up in the draft to land a quarterback and if that happens, Elliot could fall. He could fall regardless. The Dolphins have a visit scheduled with Elliot.

The Dolphins would almost certainly jump at this opportunity as Elliot would not only fit well within the Dolphins offense but immediately give the team a one-two punch with Jay Ajayi. A playmaking runner who has solid vision and physicality, Elliot would make the Dolphins offense very potent…if they can fix the offensive line.

ROUND 2: Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson
ROUND 3: Vadal Alexander – G – LSU

Apr 8

Pro Football Draft Network

Eli
Apple

CB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.40

The Dolphins recently released Brett Grimes and add a young cornerback with the size and speed to excel.
Mar 12

Pro
Football
Focus

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

With Lamar Miller moving on, the Dolphins add Elliott to their backfield mix to join last year’s fifth-rounder, Jay Ajayi. Elliott is a three-down player that can run in any scheme, pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield
Apr 6

Real
Football
Network
Pat Kirwan

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Hargraves is considered the second best DB in the draft, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Dolphins liked a different corner. Hargraves is productive, but his lack of ideal size could be a deciding factor.

2ND ROUND PICK: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Mar 30

Pro Football Weekly
Hub Arkush

Jack
Conklin

OT
MSU
Junior
6'6"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.00

No sex appeal to this pick but a whole lot of smarts, Dolphins need help here
Apr 8

Pro Football Weekly
Kevin Fishbane

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Miami needs a back. How about the best one in the draft?
Mar 26

Pro Football Weekly
Nate Atkins

Darron
Lee

OLB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.47

The blazingly fast Lee gives the Dolphins some much-needed second-level help.
Apr 1

Pro Football Weekly
Arthur Arkkush

Jack
Conklin

OT
MSU
Junior
6'6"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.00

After missing on corner and running back, Phins settle for best remaining O-lineman.
Apr 4

Pro Football Weekly
TC Talon

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Has all the traits to be a top corner in the NFL
Apr 1

St. Louis Post Dispatch

McKensie
Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10.5"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

(No comment given)
Apr 10
Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Elliott in Miami is a match that makes so much sense that I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Dolphins try to trade up a few picks to make sure it happens. In the best case scenario where he makes it to No. 13, the Dolphins get the top running back in the draft class to replace Lamar Miller and pair with Jay Ajayi.

Apr 4

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Eli
Apple

CB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0.5"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.40

Miami traded for former Seahawks and Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell in an attempt to solidify the position, and it doubles down here with the selection of Apple, another good-sized corner prospect.
Mar 24

Sports
Illustrated
Chris Burke

William
Jackson III

CB
Houston
Junior
6'0"
189 lbs
40 @ 4.37

The NFL tends to be more stubborn about its ideal prototypes at some positions than others. Cornerback is one, so don’t expect Jackson (6' 0", 4.37-second 40) to hang around long come Round 1. He can challenge receivers in man or zone and, frankly, would be a bigger help to the Dolphins’ secondary than new arrival Byron Maxwell.
Apr 6

Sports
Illustrated
Don Banks

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

As the Broncos again showed us in the AFC title game, the way you beat Tom Brady is with a relentless pass rush. Miami signed Mario Williams and re-secured Cameron Wake, but Lawson adds some youth and speed off the edge, and that’s a winning combination. Cornerback is still a need as well, because Byron Maxwell’s addition and Brent Grimes’s departure isn’t a game-changer for the Dolphins’ secondary.
Mar 30

Sports
Illustrated
Doug Farrar

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.47

Losing Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency was a big mistake, but the addition of Elliott would be an enormous upgrade for an offense that needs to get stronger and more consistent in the run game. At his best, Elliot brings to mind Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson with his speed, power and agility, and to top it all off, he’s a dynamic blocker.
Apr 8

The New NFL Draft

Noah
Spence

DE
EKU
Senior
6'2"
251 lbs
40 @ 4.80

The Dolphins get a very good player with some off the field issues.
Apr 1

The Score

McKensie
Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'10.5"
190 lbs
40 @ 4.45

Landing Byron Maxwell as part of a salary dump trade from the Eagles does little to address the Dolphins' concerning situation at cornerback long term. Alexander was a lockdown cornerback for Clemson and he has the skill set necessary to become the same type of player at the next level.
Apr 4

The
Sports
Bank

DeForest
Buckner

DE
Oregon
Senior
6'7"
291 lbs
40 @ 5.05

Buckner seems to be a consensus top 10-15 pick. Dolphins need pass-rushing help, so if the shoe fits
Mar 8

The Sports Network
John
McMullen

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

The Dolphins have the aging Cam Wake at defensive end and added Mario Williams but lost Olivier Vernon so they still need a new piece on the edge and Lawson, a pure speed guy with the requisite motor will bring a much-needed youth to the position.
Mar 26

Toronto Sun
Dan Bilicki

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

Even after signing Mario Williams, the Dolphins can use a younger pass-rushing threat.
Mar 28

USA
Today

Reggie
Ragland

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6'1""
247 lbs
40 @ 4.72

Only the Browns had more issues stopping the run in the AFC than Miami. Plugging Ragland into the middle of the Dolphins defense would have the dual benefit of shutting down some of those rushing lanes while also allowing Alonso to play in space on the outside.
Jan 29

Walters
Footbal
Matt McGuire

Ronnie
Stanley

OT
Florida
Senior
6'6"
312 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins have endured issues on their offensive line for quite some time. Their tackles used to be terrible. Then, there was Bully-gate, which forced Richie Incognito's departure. Now, the guards are horrible.

Ronnie Stanley is obviously a tackle, but someone could easily just move inside. Besides, Stanley is the best-available player here, and he offers a long-term solution at left tackle for the Dolphins. I mentioned the football-passion issues with Stanley above, but he's too good to pass up at this juncture.

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