Friday, February 20, 2015

7 Round Mock Draft For Dolphins' 2015 Picks (5th Edition)

The Dolphins wound up tied with the 49ers at 8-8 but since the 49ers' opponents' winning percentage was higher than our opponents' winning percentage, we will pick 14th in all the odd rounds and the 49ers will pick 14th in the even rounds in this year's NFL Draft.  We also get the 49ers' 7th Round Pick for the Jonathan Martin fiasco.

The purpose of this Mock Draft is to give fans an idea of who may be available in each.  I am utilizing a Computer App to make the selections for the 31 other teams in the draft.  Unfortunately, I do not have the time to list all the picks nor all the players who may have been available when I picked for us. Also, I am not taking into consideration the signing or losing of any Free Agents at this time.

The 4th Edition was posted on February 8th and in this draft, as in the last, I decided to accept a couple trades.  By trading back, I picked up an additional 4 picks.

First Round Pick # 14: I was offered 4 different trades for the 14th Pick.  The following players were picked right in front of us: OLB Shaq Thompson, WR Amari Cooper, SS Landon Collins and DT Danny Shelton. There was still plenty to chose from including OLB Vic Beasley, CB Trae Waynes, DT Malcomb Brown and OT Andreas Peat.  All who could help us but, surprisingly, the 49ers offered way too much to pass up in order to move up only one spot. For our 1st Round # 14, the 49ers gave us their 1st Round #15, 2nd Round # 14 and 3rd Round # 15.  I guess they truly desired Andreas Peat and feared we would have grabbed him just in front of them because that's who they picked.

First Round Pick # 15 (from 49ers): I thought I would grab the highest rated player still available this time around. And call me a homer as I picked a fellow New Jersey dude figuring he would be tough and could handle the 1st Round pressure. With the 15th Pick, I selected the 12th Rated Player in WR Kevin White  from West Virginia.  At 6-3, 215 lbs, White offers high leaping ability, strong hands, strength to contest for the ball and very good foot quickness to get some separation early against the press.  He is very athletic although he doesn't possess elite speed.  Due to academics, he went the JUCO route to play his first 2 years at Lackawanna College.  In his senior season, he led all FCS receivers with 69 receptions for 1,020 yards and 7 TDs.  With his speed, size and ball skills he will step right in and challenge either Wallace or Hartline immediately as a #1 receiver and will make either of those two expendable.

Second Round Pick # 14 (from 49ers): Since we need to shore up our run defense, I thought we would start right here with a 6-5, 321 lbs DT from Iowa, Carl Davis.  Davis has excellent size, strength and athleticism so he isn't an easy player to move around and often took on double teams in the Big 10.  At the Senior Bowl, he outplayed all the O Linemen placed in front of him in 1 on 1 drills.  Davis can step in immediately and replace either Starks or Odricks if we let them go.  Davis is the 39th Rated Player that I used the 46th pick on.

Second Round Pick # 15: With the 47th pick in the draft, I didn't like the trade opportunities as much as I liked this next selection.  A familiar name to those who have followed my Mock Drafts, ILB Benardrick McKinney once again became a Dolphin.  Only a Junior, at 6-4, 249 lbs, this beast out of Mississippi State just thoroughly intrigues me with his shear athleticism as he runs a 4.5 and leaps 34 inches.  He is explosive and has long arms and big hands to shed blockers.  As the 57th Rated Player, I reached slightly but McKinney is going to be a force in the middle of our defense for years to come.

Third Round Pick # 14: With the 78th Pick, I moved over to the Offensive line and grabbed the 60th Rated Player, OG Tre' Jackson of Florida State.  At 6-4, 330 lbs, Jackson is surprisingly quick for a guy as massive and thick as he is. Jackson could start right away at RG and allow Pouncey to return to his Pro Bowl self at Center.  He is very talented in the run game but will need some coaching up in the passing game techniques.  Jackson started 42 games and earned All ACC honors as well as being a consensus All American.  He is considered by many the best RG in the draft.

Third Round Pick # 15 (from 49ers): I was looking at some good corners still sitting atop the board so I accepted a trade from the Lions to move back 9 picks and get Detroit's 3rd Round at 24, 4th Round at 23 and their 5th Round at 22.

Third Round Pick # 24 (from Detroit): Not to insult anyone, especially our next pick, but a couple corners went between the 15th and 24th picks but I was still happy to select with the 88th Pick, the 82 Rated Player, CB Jalen Collins  from LSU.  At 6-2, 198 lbs, he has the size you want out of a corner.  Even though he lacks some strength to be a press corner, I like him playing in our zone coverage schemes.  Collins only has 10 starts under his belt but he offers exceptional athleticism and is worth developing into a quality long term starter who can contribute in the secondary as an outstanding backup early.  He finished his senior year with 38 tackles (28 solo), 3 for a loss, 9 pass breakups and 1 INT in only 7 starts.  Keep in mind that LSU is a secondary factory, so he is well schooled and just needs some seasoning.

Fourth Round Pick # 15: Back to the offensive line and time to find some depth at tackle.  With the 111th pick, I selected Penn State OT Donovan Smith.   At 6-6, 338 lbs, Smith brings plenty of experience having started 31 games in the Big 10.  He has the size, quickness and competitive nature you look for in an NFL lineman.  He can play LT or RT.  He needs some coaching up to work on his technique with his hands and arms in order to keep NFL rushers off of Tannehill but he is worth this pick as the 109th Rated Player.

Fourth Round Pick # 23 (from Detroit): Staying on the offensive and hoping to help our running game, I selected the 112th Rated Player with the 119th pick by selecting RB Jeremy Langford out of Michigan State.  He is simply a hardnosed workhorse who can pass protect and catch the ball.  He may be rated lower than 10 other RBs in this year's draft due to his lack of breakaway speed but he is the kind of runner who gets stronger as the game progresses. At 6-0 and only 208 lbs, this guy is tough as nails as Langford rushed for 1,522 yards and 22 TDs in 2014 and 1,422 yards and 18 TDs in 2013. 

Fifth Round Pick # 14: After grabbing a hard headed player, it was time to grab a guy who plays with his head and so I selected, yep you are reading this right, out of Harvard, OLB Zack Hodges.
Now this double major, may have to prove where he can line up to be successful in the NFL since at Harvard, he lined up all over the place.  At 6-3, 244 lbs, Hodges offers plenty of upside as he plays with a high motor and never gives up on a play. He has a very quick first step and angles very well.  How well this will translate from the Ivy League to the NFL is yet to be seen.  But who doesn't like the underdog story of a 112th Rated Player trying to beat some odds by being only the 21st Ivy Leaguer to be drafted after being selected with the 119th pick.  I know you'll take notice of when he actually does get picked.

Fifth Round Pick # 22 (from Detroit): After filling most of our needs, its time for one of those best player still on the board picks. Working with the 150th pick, I grabbed the 129th Rated Player in TE Jeff Heuerman out of Ohio State.  At 6-5, 254 lbs, Heuerman has a very athletic build and can be a physical receiver as well as an outstanding in line blocker.  He offers good build up speed to be a deep seam threat and high points the ball very well.  Heuerman didn't have the big numbers that those 6 TEs rated ahead of him did but they didn't win a National Championship by playing in a scheme that had plenty of other weapons to rely on.

Sixth Round Pick # 15: Lets add some depth and competition in the secondary, so how about FS Damarious Randall from Arizona State.  I may have reached a bit here with the 175th pick but I like Randall because he's another one of those high motor, never gives up stories.  He lacks ideal size at 5-11, 194 lbs. but he has above average speed and sticks his nose in there willingly.  Randall will push those in front of him and contribute well on special teams and possibly at nickel.  BTW, he is the 208th Rated Player.  Just call me a Hollywood Movie Maker. Or moron.

Seventh Round Pick # 14: More depth in the secondary with pick 206, SS James Sample of Louisville.  He looks the part at 6-2, 192 lbs and brings some quality tackling ability as Sample made 76 solo tackles out of 90 total in 2014.  Add 4 INTs with 12 pass defenses and you wonder why the 7th Round.  He just doesn't have a large sample (pardon the pun) size as he has only played 2 years at Louisville after transferring from JUCO and now leaving early to cash in on his big Junior Season.  Sample is the 209 Rated Player with long limbs hanging from broad shoulders which allow him to fight through blocks at the line and make the tackle sure handily.

Seventh Round Pick # 15 (from 49ers): I have selected this player in previous drafts and he was sitting here again at the 207th slot.  So why not grab the 204th Rated Player to add some depth at DT with 6-2, 315 lbs hardnosed and powerful player who made his living at Fresno State in the Mountain West.  Welcome our final Draft Pick in 2015, Tyeler Davison.  He lacks ideal height but makes up for it by being strong as a bull.  He most likely will have to begin his professional career on the practice squad and hopefully nobody cherry picks him late in the season because he isn't that far away from having a nice NFL career with his large frame, long arms and quick step. Even though he didn't face top line competition, he competed very well at the East-West Shrine game and turned a few heads with his toughness.

Well that's my 5th Edition and I think it may have been my best so far.  What do you think?

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
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Personally i think it is unrealistic that the 49ers who are smart with the way they draft to give up 3 picks to move up one spot in the first round.


I was as shocked as you are. I suppose the computer had the 49ers coveting Andreas Peat.


I would have taken a QB somewhere in there since Moore is probably leaving


I would have taken a QB somewhere in there since Moore is probably leaving


Carl, probably your most solid draft to date. I would keep Wallace to pair with your 1st pick. That would give defenses fits on which side of the field to double up on.


kevin white is goin top 10 after todays combine performance.


T Bone...White blew it out??? I was showing houses in a snow storm...gotta earn a real living.

Jeffrey...I could've grabbed a QB for sure and just didn't think about above as to why I am so swamped

Thanks canamdolphin