C3 Dolphins Final Mock Draft

Finally. Draft Day. It's always one of my favorite days every year. I remember when the draft was held on the 3rd Tuesday of every April. I would cut class to watch it on some new channel, called ESPN. Ah, those were the days. Before I begin to drift down memory lane, a couple things about this draft. In my final mock draft, no trades, too hard to predict. However, I would not be surprised if Brandon Boykin, CB, for the Philadelphia Eagles was a Miami Dolphin by the end of the weekend. The problem with all the Eagles players on the trade block is they are in the final year of their contract. The Dolphins need cheap talent to manage the salary cap going forward, not just one year fillers that will want to get paid next year. I had the Dolphins taking Todd Gurley in my first mock draft. (It seemed to get a little more popular after that, just saying.) I have seen where lots of fans say we have Lamar Miller and Gurley would be a luxury. If Gurley's medical checks out and he falls to #14, you take him. He is elite. When you get an opportunity to draft an elite player, I don't care what position he plays, you draft him. He might start the year on the PUP? Who cares. You don't draft a guy for the first 6-8 games of his career.

Round 1 - The Dolphins certainly have had little to no luck as of late dealing with this draft. It seems that some of the edge rushers who would push WR's down the board this year, like smoking pot. A possible trade chip in Dion Jordan likes other things, at least staying hydrated. I was ready to go with La'el Collins at #14, however without knowing his involvement, if any, with this situation in Baton Rogue, sorry he is off my board. Why Collins anyway? I fear that Cooper, White, Parker and Gurley will all be gone by #14. And though I would not be opposed to trading up if the Fins got their guy, with only 6 picks they do not have the ammo. I am tempted to take Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin but it's too early,  so me that leaves WR Breshad Perriman as the the pick. I am not in love with this pick, but I keep hearing Dez Bryant comparisons and he's only played football for 6 years ( he started playing his Sophomore year in High School.), so he should continue to improve. His size and speed are too tempting, plus it would fit the Dolphins modus operandi to draft a wide receiver that has problems catching the football.

Round 2 - I expect this to be the round that Dennis Hickey makes his money. Like last year, I would expect a couple of trades so he can get more picks. In my last mock I had the Fins taking Stephone Anthony LB from Clemson, I think he is gone by now. Further, even with Jordan's suspension, the Miami brass may like their LB's more than we think. The Dolphins need their 1st and 2nd round picks to come in play and produce right away. Clive Walford, TE from the U should be able to join the TE rotation right away and contribute. He instantly replaces Charles Clay.

Round 4 - The Fins still have a lot of holes to fill. At this point, they have given Ryan Tannehill some shiny new toys to play with. The logic would be to go defense, but I think the Fins stick with the offensive theme here. Tannehill needs to stay upright. Jarvis Harrison, G, Texas A&M is the pick.

Round 5 - Finally the Fins jump on the defensive theme with back to back picks. Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss. He is tiny at 5'9", but the Fins are used to short corners, and he has play maker written all over him. Miami follows that up with Gerod Holliman, FS Louisville.

Round 6 - The Fins finally get some linebacker help. Zach Vigil, ILB Utah State. 

Recap:
Round 1 - Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
Round 2 - Clive Walford, TE, University of Miami
Round 4 - Jarvis Harrison, G, Texas A&M
Round 5 - Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss
Round 5 - Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville
Round 6 - Zach Vigil, ILB, Utah State

Everybody have a great Draft weekend! Go Dolphins!

@carlccrowley


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