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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
It’s looking more and more like we will have a tough time keeping Kenny Stills in Miami with teams ready to pony up big money for his services. If that happens we will not lack for replacement options in this draft. I would not expect to use an early pick on a receiver though. I would expect a compensatory 4th round pick next year if we lose him.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Eagles and a “California team” are currently “in play” for Dolphins impending free agent WR Kenny Stills. According to Kelly, Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum is aware of Philadelphia’s interest in Stills.
The Miami Herald reports impending free agent Kenny Stills "likes the West Coast" and an offer from an AFC West or NFC West team "could be attractive."
Landry, Parker and Carroo are never going to be accused of having world-class speed, and thats perfectly fine because its not their game. Those guys win with physicality and quickness rather than pure raw speed. Right now that is Stills role. He lifts the top off of secondaries and torches them for deep scores and we will definitely miss that element if he leaves in free agency. So I present a list of possible replacements in the upcoming draft. These are all vertical wide receivers with wheels that I feel we have a chance to draft on day 3 where we currently have 4 picks. So you won’t see guys like Carlos Henderson or Chad Hansen listed here who should be drafted very early on.
Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia Height: 5-11. Weight: 190
Dane Brugler says he “Mixes gears in his routes and is a legit deep threat” Had 20 receptions of 40 or more yards the past 2 seasons. Tony Pauline hears that Gibson "should run the 40 in the 4.3s at the combine," a development which would "only enhance his draft stock." The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a pure burner who can pop the lid off of coverages.
Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina Height: 6-4. Weight: 210
He’s a tall burner who glides past corners and safeties before they know what hit them. Legitimate vertical threat who finished with 20 touchdowns on just 71 catches. Dangerous run-after-catch deep crossing routes and slants.
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force Height: 6-3. Weight: 215
He led the nation with 27.4 yards per catch in 2016 out of an Air Force option offense. Very limited route runner. Great vertical leap on deep passes. Gets great separation and attacks contested balls in the air.
Travin Dural, WR, LSU Height: 6-2. Weight: 192
Was held back by poor Quarterback play and injuries at LSU. He’s big and he’s fast and will demand safeties attention in the NFL. Pro Football Focus compared him to Mike Wallace.
Josh Malone*, WR, Tennessee Height: 6-3. Weight: 198
Bucky Brooks wrote that Malone's "slick route-running skills" stand out when compared to those of other similarly-sized wideouts. "Malone runs past defenders with ease and flashes strong hands and natural ball skills wrestling jump balls away from defensive backs"
Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M Height: 6-2. Weight: 187
Explosive vertical threat who can open his hips and out-stride a cornerback down the field. Has speed to burn and tracks the ball extremely well. Excellent ball skills and adjustment. Consistent red-zone threat. Wins up-and-over, with back shoulder fades.
Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville Height: 6-3. Weight: 190
Potential was held back because of QB Lamar Jackson. Possesses good hands and body control.
K.D. Cannon*, WR, Baylor Height: 6-0. Weight: 180
Field stretcher with homerun potential. Had 15 receptions of 40 or more yards the past 2 seasons. Below average route runner that has had injury issues and inconsistent hands at times.
Stacy Coley, WR, Miami Height: 6-1. Weight: 185
Best-suited as a vertical slot receiver, Good hands, tracks the ball well over the shoulder. Gets separation on crossers and posts with his speed alone. Possesses another gear to track down the deep shots.
Before Free Agency totally upends every Mock Draft currently posted to the internet let's see what Miami could be looking at in the first 2 Rounds. The challenge here is the QB carousel aka will teams opt to sign or trade for a guy in what is generally considered a weak QB draft? I think Cleveland lands Tyrod Taylor, Chicago trades for Jimmy Garoppolo, New York signs Mike Glennon and Buffalo signs Nick Foles. Only San Francisco gambles on an early QB because Coach Kyle Shanahan will have the confidence to win some games with a rookie. Here goes!
1. Cleveland - Myles Garrett DE
2. San Francisco - Mitch Trubisky QB
3. Chicago - Jonathan Allen DE
4. Jacksonville - Malik Hooker S
5. Tennessee - Jamal Adams S
6. New York Jets - Marshon Lattimore CB
7. Los Angeles Chargers - Reuben Foster LB
8. Carolina - Soloman Thomas DE
9. Cincinatti - Teez Tabor CB
10. Buffalo - Marlon Humphrey CB
11. New Orleans - Taco Charlton DE
12. Cleveland - Leonard Fournette RB
13. Arizona - OJ Howard TE
14. Indianapolis - Derek Barnett DE
15. Philadelphia - Dalvin Cook RB
16. Baltimore - Corey Davis WR
17. Washington - Zach Cunningham LB
18. Tennessee - Mike Williams WR
19. Tampa Bay - David Njoku TE
20. Denver - Ryan Ramczyk OT
21. Detroit - Takkarist McKinley DE
22. Miami - Haason Reddick
He may be a bit of a project at LB but he has a relentless motor, speed to cover and made his bones getting after the QB from the edge in college. After some seasoning he may be the MLB of the future.
23. New York Giants - Cam Robinson OT
24. Oakland - Quincy Wilson CB
25. Houston - Deshaun Watson QB
26. Seattle - Garrett Bolles OT
27. Kansas City - Alvin Kamara RB
28. Dallas - Charles Harris DE
29. Green Bay - Sidney Jones CB
30. Pittsburgh - Jabril Peppers S
31. Atlanta - Tim Williams DE/LB
32. New England - Raekwon McMillian LB
1. Cleveland - Tredavious White CB
2. San Francisco - Christian McCaffrey RB
3. New England - (Pick Traded for Jimmy Garoppolo) TJ Watt LB/DE
4. Jacksonville - Cordrea Tankersly CB
5. Los Angeles Rams - John Ross WR
6. Los Angeles Chargers - Forrest Lamp OG
7. New York Jets - Budda Baker S
8. Carolina - Antonio Garcia OT
9. Cincinatti - Caleb Brantley DT
10. New Orleans - Jarrad Davis LB
11. Philadelphia - Carlos Watkins DT
12. Buffalo - Curtis Samuel WR
13. Arizona - Deshone Kizer QB
14. Minnesota - Cooper Kupp WR
15. Baltimore - Evan Engram TE
16. Indianapolis - Dorian Johnson OG
17. Washington - Carl Lawson DE
18. Tampa Bay - Malik McDowell DT
19. Denver - Jourdan Lewis CB
20. Cleveland - Dion Dawkins OG
21. Detroit - Desmond King CB/S
22. Miami - Tarell Basham DE
Tip of the cap to Swerve for highlighting this guy. He's the perfect prospect to groom under Cameron Wake and eventually take over. He'll step right in as very good pass rusher in the DE rotation.
23. New York Giants - Davis Webb QB
24. Oakland - D'Onta Foreman RB
25. Houston - Justin Evans S
26. Seattle - Dalvin Tomlinson DT
27. Kansas City - Marcus Williams S
28. Dallas - Rasul Douglas CB
29. Green Bay - Ryan Anderson LB
30. Pittsburgh - Roderick Johnson OT
31. Atlanta - Kevin King CB/S
32. New England - Chris Wormley DT/DE