It is now time for Miami Dolphins Mock Draft 2.0! My first mock was very, very simple without much research. I have been working on this one for a month now, and have it here for you. Let’s dig in!
Round 1 (19): Zack Martin (OG/OT) Notre Dame
Martin is the hybrid they need. He can play either tackle or guard positions. The Dolphins have shown interest in Martin for those reasons. The only problem with Martin is his short arms, but he is athletic enough to play left tackle and keep Tannehill up. He would be a great replacement for Jonathon Martin, or if need be, he can be a great replacement for Richie Incognito at guard. Although he may not be the top prospect at this spot, as Taylor Lewan may be selected just before him, he’s the best candidate to fill a glaring need for the Dolphins.
Previous Pick: Taylor Lewan
Other Options: Cyrus Kouandijo. Eric Ebron
Round 2 (18): Austin Seferaian-Jenkins (TE) Washington
Despite how well Charles Clay played, the Dolphins still lack a huge target down the middle of the field. At 6-6 276 pounds, Seferian-Jenkins is an absolute beast! With Ryan Tannehill’s less than stellar accuracy down the field, Jenkins can go up and get the ball, something the Dolphins offense lacks. With Clay and Jenkins, Tannehill has two reliable tight ends that new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor can take advantage of.
Previous Pick: Cyril Richardson
Other Options: Ra’Shede Hagemen. Carlos Hyde
Round 3 (17): Kelcy Quarles (DT) South Carolina
Either Paul Soliai or Randy Starks will not be returning, and a replacement must be found. You can find it right here. Quarles is a bit undersized, at 6-3, 298 pounds. Quarles is a great run stopper, registering 13.5 TFL’s this past season with 9.5 sacks. An inside rush presence may be just what the doctor ordered. However, if Kevin Coyle want’s a bigger, more physical inside guy, Quarles may not be their guy.
Previous Pick: Will Sutton
Other Options: Daniel McCullers. Ego Ferguson
Round 4 (16): Devonta Freeman (RB) Florida State
For reason unknown to me, the Dolphins don’t trust Lamar Miller, despite him average nearly 5 YPC last season. They obviously don’t see him as a feature back, so they will look to replace him. Freeman is small, 5-8 203 pounds, but he was great at Florida State. He registered just over 1,000 yards last season, 13 touchdowns on the ground, oh, and was a big reason Florida State won a national championship. Freeman could be the feature back the Dolphins need. However, if Bill Lazor likes Lamar Miller, they may pass on a running back in the draft.
Previous Pick: Dee Ford (Don’t ask)
Other Options: Anthony Steen. Andre Williams.
Round 5 (15): Deion Belue (CB) Alabama
The secondary could always use some shoring up. Dmitri Patterson is injured, and Brent Grimes is a free agent and may not be franchised tagged. If Grimes isn’t re-signed, the Dolphins may take a CB a little earlier, but this seems like a good fit. There are plenty of worthy CB’s available in the later rounds.
Previous Pick: Denicos Allen
Other Options: Antone Exum. Brandon Coleman
Round 6 (14): Cassius Marsh (DE) UCLA
If Marsh can develop, he will fit in great with the defensive rotation that the Dolphins have with Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Dion Jordan, and Derrick Shelby. Marsh may also be athletic enough to develop into a decent outside linebacker. He registered 5 sacks and 8.5 TFL’s last season. He also caught a 2-yard touchdown catch this past year, and maybe we could see him make an appearance on the offensive side of the ball as well, although that may just be wishful thinking.
Previous Pick: James White
Other Options: TJ Jones. Cameron Fleming
Round 7 (19): Cody Latimer (WR) Indiana
The Dolphins are very thin at receiver. With Brandon Gibson coming back, they are healthy again, but it never hurts to have depth. Latimer recorded over 1,000 yards receiver and 9 touchdowns last year, with less than average quarterbacks at IU. With Tannehill, Latimer may be a great receiver. He is average size, 6-2 215, but he gives the Dolphins depth
Previous Pick: Aaron Murray
Other Options: Cody Hoffman. Jeremy Gallon
This concludes Mock Draft 2.0. My final mock draft will come out a week or so before the draft, so be sure to stay tuned!
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