Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft





The Draft is less than 3 weeks away. The prevailing wisdom as the off-season began (and even before) was that the Dolphins would go O Line in the first round. However, new General Manager Dennis Hickey and the organization have done such a good job with free agency signing Branden Albert, Shelley Smith and Jason Fox, they now have the ability to concentrate on Best Player available.  I think the Dolphins draft could go in lots of different directions. If the quarterback’s slip down the draft board, the Dolphins sit in a great spot to trade back and pick up more picks. And I still think a Dion Jordan trade could be on the table. But for this mock, I am not predicting any trades.

Round 1, pick #19. Linebacker, Ryan Shazier, Ohio State. Knowing the draft is deep at tackle, Hickey has the ability to go best player available with the Fins first pick. Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley, and USC wide receiver Marquis Lee would both be considerations, but they are off the board by 19. A lot has been made lately about the Fins bringing in more analytics; well Shazier jumps out on the stat sheet, having over 115 tackles per season the last 2 years. He was a team captain, and he fills a need that Hickey has been trying to fix since he got here, the line-backing core.  Shazier can play all three downs on the weak side in the Fins 4-3, letting Philip Wheeler and Koa Misi compete for the starting strong side. Also, Shazier played a lot of middle at Ohio State, not saying he would do that in Miami, but he gives the defense a lot of flexibility.
Round 2, pick # 50. Offensive Line, Billy Turner, North Dakota State.  The Dolphins really hope that Austin Seferian Jenkins is on the board, but I doubt he drops this far. They turn to offensive line with this pick. Turner was a four-year starter at North Dakota State. He started out as right tackle as a freshman, and then was moved to the left side for his final 3 years.  Some think he may be better suited inside at the next level, reports were he perfortrmed better at right guard then right tackle during senior bowl practices.  He is light on his feet and plays hard to the whistle. 
Round 3, pick #81.  Running Back, Tre Mason,  Auburn. The Dolphins go with the Tigers workhorse running back.  He averaged over 22 carries a game his Junior season. Racking up over 1800 yards on the ground with and impressive 5.7+ yards per carry. He had 47 carries of 10+ yards. Described as a decisive, one cut running back, he would fit perfectly into what the Fins are looking for. The unknown with Mason is how he will do catching the ball, he rarely did it in college, but Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller can always handle those duties.
Round 4, pick #116. Offensive Line, Michael Schofield, Michigan.  Dolphins double dip on the O Line.  Good size, good run blocker. Started 10 games at left guard as a sophomore. Started at right tackle his last 2 years in college.  He definitely needs to work on some things, but could develop into a starter. His versatility will allow the Dolphins to try him at multiple positions.  Besides, he is a Michigan man and Owner Steve Ross loves that.
Round 5, pick #155. Wide Receiver, Robert Herron, Wyoming. He is not huge, standing at only 5’9’’, but plays big. He is your prototypical slot receiver in the NFL. Though his timed speed was less than advertised (ran a 4.48) he has the ability to break big plays. Willing to go over the middle.
Round 6, pick #190. Quarterback, Stephen Morris, Miami. Hickey drafts a guy that is full of potential that had a horrible Senior season. He can compete with Pat Devlin for the 3rd quarterback this season.
Round 7, pick#234. Cornerback, Shaquille Richardson, Arizona. Tall corners are all the rage, and Richardson fits the bill standing at 6’1’’. He was a surprise combine snub but ran well at Arizona’s pro day.  

@carlccrowley

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  1. Sorry Carl, but you have it all wrong. Didn't you read Andrew Abramson's piece that his "knowledgeable source" inside the organization tells him Miami is going to draft Cyrus Kouandjio with their first round pick?

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    1. I didn't see that until after I posted my first mock draft. He has some interesting points. Moving Misi to middle would not stop the Fins from taking Shazier. Actually it might reinforce it more. Move Misi to middle, Shazier to weakside and let Ireland's to overpriced under performing linebackers from last year fight it out for strong side.

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  2. God if Miami goes into the year with Shelly Smith at one guard and passes on O-line in Rd 1 the O-line (even with Albert) will be WORSE than last year. Seriously, The Dolphins have 3 starting o-linemen and I am being kind calling Shelly Smith a "starter"....he is a lifetime back and may suck. Hickey screwed up free agency and the o-line is as bad as it was last year. If they dont' take an o-linemen in Rd 1 then 2014 will be a train-wreck

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    1. Totally disagree. If your solution is drafting both a guard and a tackle, then you have an entirely rookie right side of the line and what makes you think that they would be any better then what the Fins already have? I think the Fins are going to go with the best 5, draft multiple O lineman and let them duke it out in camp. May not be great, hard to think they could be worse then last years group.

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    2. Oh and that is there plan to draft a starting guard and tackle. That's the plan Hickey even said as much a few weeks back on a radio interview.They felt they could find 2 starters in this draft for the o-line and didn't feel the need to buy another o-linemen in free agency. There plan is to use Smith at RG not left as well. It's gonna be another long year Tannehill is gonna get killed again. They totally messed up the o-line and unless they got a horse-shoe up there ass and get totally lucky in the draft they messed this up royally.

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  3. So Mike, do you think Miami should spend their 1st round pick on Cyrus Kouandjio if Zack Martin is gone when they pick? Or take Kouandjio even if Martin is there, which some now think he wont be?

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    1. My problem with Kouandijo is how does he play in a zone blocking scheme? I question if he fits.

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    2. I don't care which o-linemen they take but they better take one in Rd 1. Morgan Moses is out there but he doesn't get along with Lazor from his Virginia days so who knows with that. Aside from Albert and Pouncey the rest of the guys suck on this o-line. Shelly Smith is a career back-up and for all we know could suck as a starter when he starts getting a ton of reps. Hickey/Philbin screwed up free agency, they had a ton of money and refused to sign any PROVEN o-linemen after Albert. Hickey said in a radio interview they feel they can find 2 starters in the draft (good luck with that.) If I were in charge I would mortgage the farm and trade up for one of the Top guys, and if ya can't then move up enough to at least guarantee you get Zach Martin. I mean WTF, be aggressive. Get a sure thing. The o-line as it stands today is awful. We have 2 quality players that's it. And no depth at all.

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