Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft

Come April 28th, in Chicago, the 3 day NFL Draft will commence. The first round is on Thursday the 28th, the second and 3rd rounds are on Friday the 29th and the final four rounds will be on Saturday the 30th.

The Dolphins, after trading down with Philadelphia for LB Kiko Alonso and CB Byron Maxwell by exchanging their first round picks, are now picking 13th instead of 8th.  The Dolphins hierarchy figures they just got 2 starters by moving down five picks. Plus, they should get another starter with the 13th pick.  That's 3 starters for moving only 5 picks down the line.

On a team that needs plenty of help, more than just one player to put us over the top, that's a good move. Of course, only if Alonso and Maxwell play and play well.  Alonso is coming off 2 years worth of injuries and Maxwell got burned quite a bit in the Philly scheme after playing well in the Seahawks scheme.

Lets face it, there are no guarantees in the draft.  You do your research and you hope that the guys you draft pan out. But there is no absolute certainty.

After reading about the Dolphins new Head Coach Adam Gase and how they plan to scheme around what players do best, I believe since the team is a number of players away from being a legitimate contender, they will be selecting the Best Player Available regardless of what position they play.

We need help in quite a few areas. The most important are CB, OG, DE, LB and RB.  I am sure if the need matches the BPA philosophy, that player will be selected. But don't be surprised if the Dolphins select a player in any round that just adds to a position that is already pretty deep because that player that is available is rated pretty high on their chart.

We have picks in each of the first 6 rounds and 2 in the 7th round so baring any trades we could wind up with 8 new players on the roster pushing our vets for playing time.

The purpose of this Mock Draft is to give fans an idea of who may be available in each round.  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.

ROUND 1: Miami is on the clock...Had choices of Shaq Lawson and Eli Apple but went with the higher rated OLB out of Ohio State Darren Lee. He started his Ohio State career at safety, put on some muscle and moved to linebacker, replacing the graduated Ryan Shazier at SAM linebacker in 2014. Lee played the "walkout" linebacker role so he was asked to cover, blitz and consistently play in space.

In 2014, he had 81 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions. He also earned Defensive MVP honors in the 2015 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. Lee started all 13 games in 2015, finishing with 66 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

He is 6'1", 245 lbs and runs the 40 in 4.47 seconds. He could start on the outside in a heartbeat for us.

ROUND 2: I had a tough choice here. If the Dolphins go BPA, then DT Jarran Reed would be the pick as the 19th rated player or even C Ryan Kelly out of Alabama at 26 but I go for the 37th rated player and fill a big need here with the OG out of Kansas State Cody Whitehair.  At 6'4", 304 lbs, he started 50 games at KSU and earning All-Big 12 honors all 4 years. He is the highest rated Guard in the draft. He played both Tackle and Guard but will switch to OG where he actually wants to play anyway. He is good enough to play all 5 positions if needed so depending on how our other OL shake out and into what positions, he should start somewhere on the OL.

ROUND 3: I was thinking about DE Carl Nassib out of Penn State who led the country with 15.5 sacks last year. He is the 68th rated player but decided to fill a need with the 75th rated player with the RB out of Arkansas Alex Collins. A one-year starter in Arkansas' pro-style offense, Collins didn't become a full-time starter until 2015, but it was his third straight season with 1,000-plus yards rushing - only the third player in SEC history to do so, joining Herschel Walker and McFadden. At 5'10", 217 lbs, Collins has enough quickness, power and patience to contribute by sharing carries with Jay Ajayi.

ROUND 4: Since all the very good corners are off the board by now, I grabbed a guy who will transition from the outside to play nickel for us. Lets face it, with the wide open offenses out there today, the nickel is now a starting position.  Welcome the 118th rated player, CB from Georgia Tech D.J. White. Since starting in  2013,  he made 157 tackles, broke up 21 passes, forced 11 turnovers with seven interceptions and four forced fumbles. The back-to-back All-ACC selection displayed an exciting knack for raising his play under the brightest of lights, enjoying a breakout game against Mississippi in the Music City Bowl to cap his sophomore season (13 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception), intercepting a pass to seal an upset win over state-rival Georgia in 2014 and another pick (in the end zone) in a highly anticipated showdown with annual competitor Notre Dame and its talented receiving corps in 2015.

White at only 5'11" 193 lbs, lacks the ideal size to matchup with the bigger outside receivers in the NFL. He runs the 40 in 4.59 and his length, athleticism and experience will allow him to step in and contribute on the inside immediately. The kid finds a way to make big plays at big times.

ROUND 5: Time to double down! And since we are gambling anyway at this stage in the draft, here is a risk-reward pick if I ever saw one. Nothing that the Dolphins hadn't tried in the past and in round 5 no less. Here is a kid you may not have heard of. He is not from a small school. He is not a hoops player switching to football. No. This kid had issues with discipline and was thrown off his college team. A team that is known for recruiting and developing DBs. He is a Florida kid from Pompano Beach so maybe being back home may help. He is 6'1", 171 lbs and runs the 40 in 4.49 seconds. He is a big risk but could step in and play the outside corner, LSU Rashard Robinson.

ROUND 6: How about a guy who is a jack of all trades along the DL. He is quick enough to play outside and yet tough enough to play inside during passing downs. He sat behind a couple of good players for a few years in Trent Murphy and Henry Anderson. I expect him to be a good Practice Squad player and see how he grows. I am talking about the DE from Stanford Aziz Shittu. At 6'2" and 284 lbs, he left the Cardinal on a high note, recording eight tackles, including 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks, against Iowa to earn Rose Bowl Defensive MVP honors. What the hell, maybe he is on a roll.

ROUND 7: OK we lost Rishard Matthews and we seem to be set with Parker, Landry and Stills but why not grab this guy who has a 6'3", 203 lbs frame with 10 3/8 inch hands to grab hold of that ball after running the 40 in 4.47 seconds. This guy played in the SEC, starting opposite the top receiver in the coming draft. Sound familiar? Landry? Landry? Landry? Nope but almost. How about the WR out of Ole Miss Cody Core. Core was often overlooked on a team featuring Laquon Treadwell, but he closed out a very productive career by catching 37 passes for 644 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. His career highs came in 2014, when Treadwell suffered a season-ending leg injury. Core stepped up to finish second on the team with 41 catches and fourth with 558 receiving yards. He was a four-year letter winner, seeing action in every game on special teams and at receiver as a freshman and seeing time at receiver, defensive back and on special teams as a sophomore in 2013.

ROUND 7: Lets finish up with a good character beast of a guy. At 6', 318 lbs, this dude was an interior force in the PAC 12 earning 1st Team accolades at DT.  With a stout, compact, ready for the NFL body welcome the DT out of Southern California Antwaun Woods. He demanded double teams and has violent hands. He would add great depth to our interior DL.

There you have my 1st Edition of the 2016 Mock Draft.  Who knows how any draft will actually go and what surprises will emerge. Let me know what you think.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

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No CB until the 4th round? I sure hope you're wrong.

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Could've taken Eli Apple in this mock. Next week I'll see how things shake out

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Could've taken Eli Apple in this mock. Next week I'll see how things shake out

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Really like Lee, you have to take Whitehair if he's there in the 2nd and Collins is solid, a CB would've been nice earlier but with so many holes kinda hard to fill them in the first few rounds

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That's the problem Jason. If we can pressure the QB we can shorten the coverage time on receivers. I think we will go press coverages to try to throw off the timing of their passing game.

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That's the problem Jason. If we can pressure the QB we can shorten the coverage time on receivers. I think we will go press coverages to try to throw off the timing of their passing game.

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I will take this mock draft, BUT, Phins go CB on 1st pick with either Mackenzie or Apple. Hargreaves will be gonzo. If Phins could trade for another 3rd rounder, maybe Jackson lll or A.Burns slip down at CB, then stay with this mock as is with LB Lee first.
Need the G, need the RB too, and early.

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I will take this mock draft, BUT, Phins go CB on 1st pick with either Mackenzie or Apple. Hargreaves will be gonzo. If Phins could trade for another 3rd rounder, maybe Jackson lll or A.Burns slip down at CB, then stay with this mock as is with LB Lee first.
Need the G, need the RB too, and early.

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I would love Elliot at 13. Then whatever the BPA is at CB or LB in the 2nd. 3rd Id look OL or S. Then grab some dline and oline and maybe a wr. I just hope to god we get Elliot. He would compliment Tannehill well, can improve pass blocking for him, and is better than Miller. Our offense with Zeke and an upgraded oline looks pretty good. Stills, Landry, Parker, Elliot, Tannehill, Ajayi, Pouncey, Bushrod, Albert etc..not bad at all.

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Elliot has been going to the Giants at the latest in most mocks.

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I respect your mock draft seems intelligent but it will never happen. 1st off all signs point to the Dolphins are going CB with the 1st pick. Pro Bowl Grimes is gone replaced by Marshall a guy with questions marks on production and injury. After Marshall who else is there? Jamar Taylor and a bunch of no names. Big Big problem for a team ranked 21st against the pass with Grimes. Look at the Dolphins offseason moves so far...yes they replaced Grimes with Marshall but they brought no CB in to start opposite him. Surely they are not confident in Taylor being the guy....They have brought in a new Starting MLB and a Trio of OLineman..but once again NO 2nd starting CB in FA. What does that tell us? they are looking for a starting CB with the 1st pick. Another reason I know Lee will not be the 1st pick is because they are High on Misi. I also don't know why you are taking two DEs in your mock. They just mentioned Fede's name in their last press conference as being a guy they like. they also signed Branch and that guy from CFL. How many DE's do you want to keep on the 53? I think DT is a bigger need this year. Waiting till the forth rd for a CB will not happen. Your DT in the second may happen. I don't see them taking a RB in the 3rd rd because they are currently looking to fill that role via trade which means they do not want to use a high rd draft pick to fiil it. I could actually see them taking not one but two CB in the 1st four rds.

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Who is marshall?

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Who is marshall?

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Yes Edwin, I like Eli Apple a little more than Mackensie Alexander due to his size. Apple is better in press coverage which is were I believe that we are hoping to go and also because of the size of the AFC East WRs. But Alexander reminds of a guy they named an island after. Either one should do.

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Chuck, he meant Maxwell and got auto spelt.

Yes all the writing on the wall indicates CB in 1st Round. But as I said above, these mocks are to help you see who is out there for certain rounds. I will be doing about 4 more before the draft, including some trade down scenarios.

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We are a month away. Who knows who gets signed as FA. Or if we trade for another player prior to the draft. A lot can happen yet.

Don't be surprised if we trade up in the draft as well.

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Carl Leone with all due respect the purpose of a mock draft is to predict which player a team will take. If you know the writing on the wall for the Dolphins to take a CB than why predict taking Lee? If you want us to know which players are out there...there are others ways to do it than predicting they are drafted by the Miami Dolphins at a certain pick.

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Carl Leone....Do you feel as though OLB is a bigger need than CB?

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As I said, tartee, I believe they are going BPA no matter what. Despite stating they want to win now, who doesn't, with a new coaching staff, they will build for the next two years. Which means if an athlete like Darren Lee is available, they are going to grab him. This kid has Long Term Solution written all over him.

Next year's draft could have 10 picks with compensatory picks factored in. This year we have a new staff with new systems and there will be a learning curve for both players and coaches. 8-8 would be great.

I wouldn't drink any of their Kool-Aide about winning now. Personally, I switched to Bosco.

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As I said, tartee, I believe they are going BPA no matter what. Despite stating they want to win now, who doesn't, with a new coaching staff, they will build for the next two years. Which means if an athlete like Darren Lee is available, they are going to grab him. This kid has Long Term Solution written all over him.

Next year's draft could have 10 picks with compensatory picks factored in. This year we have a new staff with new systems and there will be a learning curve for both players and coaches. 8-8 would be great.

I wouldn't drink any of their Kool-Aide about winning now. Personally, I switched to Bosco.

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You can go BPA but you also have to at least give yourself a chance at winning. The owner have already stated that this should not be a rebuilding year. This team however whether they like it or not are in rebuilding mode in the secondary especially at CB. Grimes and Brice Mcain are gone...Taylor turned out to be a bust...I don't know how they see the young Lippet and Bobby Mcain. Only proven player at the position is Maxwell and even he have question marks. If you want to rebuild for the future you have to start right there. We have veterans the LB position that can hold over till next year draft.Like you mentioned we may have 10 picks next year. Also they traded for a new starting MLB and released Sheppard. I think they are comfortable with Misi and their offseason actions so for have backed that up. All signs point to them addressing the CB position with high picks and rightfully so.

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Lippet is very intriguing. At 6'3, 200+ lbs he has the ideal size to play against the bigger receivers in our division. He played quite a bit the last 3 games of 2015, getting in on 25% of the defensive snaps.

As obvious as things may look, don't be surprised.

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The question is would you hang your hat on making Lippet your starter? or maybe Bobby Mcain? I agree with you Lippet has Ideal size and potential. What we are discussing here is the upcoming draft. What do the Dolphins Do? Rely on Lippet and Bobby Mcain or go get a 1st rd starter. They sure haven't gotten a starter in the 1st or second wave of FAs. So it tells me they are confident in they have on the roster(highly unlikely) or they will be looking at drafting that starter in the 1st rd(more likely). There is another big CB(like Lippet) in this years draft...He big and runs a 4.37 and plus he is a pure CB not a hybrid CB/WR like Lippet. There is a slight chance William Jackson may even fall to 2nd rd. Matter fack there are a few good CB that may fall to 2nd third or fourth rds. I even seen some mock drafts that had MacKensie Alexander falling to 2nd round. I don't think that will happen but if Jackson falls you got to get him even if they got to draft a corner in 1st rd. Bring in multiply CBs and let them compete with the likes of Taylor, Lippet, and Mcain....to see who is better. This is a passing league. Whoever starts opposite Maxwell will have bull eyes on him all season. So competition will bring out the best out of all of them.

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Carl Leone if the Dolphins don't draft a CB in the 1st rd I will come back on this blog and publicly admit you were right I was wrong....But if they do I want you to do the same thing. Is it a Deal?

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I apologize to no one.

I am doing 4 more mocks before the draft. Last year I did 10 starting in January.

Next week, just to spite you, I am not drafting one single CB. I am calling it the Tarnished Mock Draft.

Kidding. Then again, maybe I am not.

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lol....but if you do be prepared to get grief from other Dolfans. I will not say anything Ill let them do it for me. You'll reads comments like "what no CBs in the whole draft" etc..etc...

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It'll be Armageddon! And I would've had it coming to me.

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BTW...Have a Happy Easter! In case you don't have me over for dinner.

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Happy Easter man....Thanks!....lol....Im going over my mother's it would be up to her...lol

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nice speaking with you Carl enjoy your Easter weekend

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Thanks Tartee