The Dolphins finished tied with the 49ers who did us a favor by winning their last game and finishing as the only other team at 8-8. Since their opponents' final winning percentage was higher than ours, we will pick 14th in the odd rounds and they will pick 14th in the even rounds. Had they lost and fell to 7-9, we would have picked 15th for the entire draft so we actually move up one pick in 4 of the 7 rounds, which gives our picks more value in the eyes of a trade partner.
Today, I am not taking into account any trades. Without any regards to Free Agency signings and/or losing some of our own players to Free Agency, I am considering our needs of finding a starter and/or depth on the O Line, an Inside Linebacker, an Outside Linebacker, depth on the D Line and finally a Corner or Safety for depth in the secondary.
I am utilizing a Computerized Draft Application that will pick for all the other teams. Below is who I wound up drafting in our 7 rounds. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to list all the picks in the draft and who else was available when I picked but as I update this weekly, you can at least get a feel for some of the players and were their value may be come the actual draft.
Round 1: La'el Collins OT/OG from LSU
At 6'5", 321 lbs, Collins can step in and play guard for us as LT Albert comes back and we move James back to RT. Collins can also slide over to right tackle if we unfortunately have to juggle positions again due to an injury. I like his value to not only to step in and play guard right away but he is versatile enough to move to the tackle position if needed.
Round 2: Todd Gurley RB from Georgia
Surprise, surprise! I was shocked to see Gurley still sitting there in the 2nd round. Now RB is not a major need but the talent level that Gurley plays at is hard to pass up. Granted he tore an ACL and that is probably why he was still sitting there but I think he is worth the risk and he doesn't have to rush into the line up right away. He can rehab and hop in when he can contribute.
Round 3: Eric Hendricks ILB/OLB from UCLA
Hendricks benefitted from being coached by Jim Mora Jr at UCLA and is a sideline to sideline tackler. In 2014 he made 139 tackles, 8.5 for a loss and 2 sacks. He pass covers very well and had 3 interceptions and forced a fumble. He can start at OLB and if he can add some bulk to his 6'0", 230 lbs frame, he may remind many of us of Zach Thomas.
Round 4: Senquez Golson CB from Ole Miss
This kid is a playmaker. Even though he is only 5'9" and weighs only 176 lbs, Golson picked off 9 passes in 2014, the 2nd highest total in the nation. He has very good instincts and is very smart. He can add depth right away at either the nickel or corner.
Round 5: Travis Raciti DT from San Jose State
Raciti had a very good Sophomore year but fell off in 2013 as a Junior with only 37 tackles. At 6'5", 285 lbs, something lit a fire under his butt and he went back to work as a Senior making 72 tackles with 6.5 for losses, 3 sacks and a forced fumble. He can come in and compete for a spot in the rotation and who knows who may be back at DT for us with Odrick a Free Agent.
Round 6: Jordan Hicks OLB from Texas
At 6'2", 238 lbs, Hicks was a tackling machine for the Longhorns when healthy.
In his Senior season, he posted 98 tackles with 11 for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 2 interceptions. In 2013 Hicks had 41 tackles in 4 games before blowing out his Achilles tendon. He missed 10 games in his Sophomore year due to a hip injury and as a freshman Hicks was voted First-Team All Big XII with 65 tackles. If he can stay on the field, he is productive so a 6th round pick seems about right right for him.
Round 7: Vince Mayle WR from Washington State
At 6'3", 219 lbs, Mayle offers a nice sized target who runs a 4.57. He caught 106 passes for 1,483 yards and 9 TDs in a pass happy offense. He competed against the two better secondaries on his schedule by putting up 7-75 against Oregon and 6-78 against Stanford. Mayle could offer a nice Red Zone target for Tannehill and start out on the practice squad.
Next week we will see how the chips fall and learn a little bit more about the prospects for our draft picks.
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