Friday, April 28, 2017

With Pick #97 Miami selects CB Cordrea Tankersley



With Pick #97 Miami selected CB Cordrea Tankersley. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has reported for days that Miami was very high on Tankersley. Tankersley is a big CB who had a very productive season for Clemson in 2016. Tankersley can be seen as the long-term replacement for Byron Maxwell. Chris Grier also hinted tonight that Xavien Howard could move to the slot CB this upcoming season.


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With Pick #54 Miami Selects Linebacker Raekwon McMillan

With the 54th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the Dolphins select LB Raekwon McMillan form Ohio St. McMillan will have a golden opportunity to win a starting outside linebacker position for the Dolphins and start day one.


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LeSean McCoy still Trashing Kiko Alonso in the Media

A few weeks back LeSean McCoy attacked Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso in the press when Kiko posted a picture on social media of him tackling LeSean. McCoy continued his attacks today and took it to a new level when on ESPN First Take this morning when he claimed Kiko's father wishes he (LeSean) was his son. More was said as well as you can see below.




Dolphins Day Two Draft Preview

Day one is in the books and Charles Harris is now a member of the Miami Dolphins. So, what is in store for Day two where Miami owns picks #54 and #97? Here are some quick thoughts I have as of this morning.

-Before I get to the Day two preview let's do a quick recap of the Charles Harris pick. Miami got a steal with this pick at #22. I know some of you wanted Reuben Foster but Miami got a player with no failed drug test and with no character issues. And reports are out this morning that at least one team (and possibly more) believe Foster needs a 2nd shoulder surgery which could put part of his 2017 season in doubt. Harris is a polished pass rusher and in the NFL you can never have enough pass rushers. Can he play the run very well? NO! But guess what, Jason Taylor couldn't when he came in the NFL. Dwight Freeney couldn't, Von Miller couldn't. And honestly with players like Freeney, Miller, and JT do we care if they can stop the run? NO...we care how many sacks they get. Charles Harris is a guy who will bring constant pressure and be near or at double digit sacks most seasons. One last point people; Cam Wake is 35 years old and by NFL standards that's really old! Any season could be his last as he could retire and/or one year the body might break down and he might become an "ordinary" or "marginal" player over night. Miami has to prepare for that.

-There is no need to trade up in Round 2. There are so many good players at Miami's position of need right now on the board that one is going to be there at pick #22 (54 overall) in Round 2 for the Miami Dolphins. There are a lot of guards, cornerbacks, safeties, and even a couple defensive tackles that will fall to Miami at #54. Miami needs to just stay put and take a very good player who will fall in their lap.

-Who should Miami take in Round two or who do I expect to be there at pick #54? Well being realistic someone like Forrest Lamp or Cam Robinson isn't going to fall that far. I don't even think Zach Cunningham will fall that far either. I think Miami can get a cornerback like Chidobe Awuzie (Colorado), Quincy Wilson (Florida), Jalen Tabor (Florida), or Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson.)  Also guards like Dion Dawkins (Temple) or Dan Feeney (Indiana) should be there as well. If Miami wanted to go safety they could go Buda Baker (Washington) or Josh Jones (NC State.) These are just a few names to keep an eye on tonight.

-Come Round three Miami can get creative and if they want to trade up I would have no problem with that. Miami doesn't have a fourth round pick but has three picks in round five, so one of those could easily be moved if Miami wanted to move up a few spots. Also because this draft is so heavy with quality players at positions of need for Miami, I would also have no problem trading a 2018 pick if need be to get an extra pick this year or move up in a round to get a guy this year. I do think the probability Miami makes a trade in Round 3 is very high.

-I am guessing they will have two needs filled with one obviously being pass rusher when Miami is on the clock in round 3. So out of guard, linebacker, secondary one these areas will be addressed in Round 2. In round 3 whichever area of need hasn't been addressed is prime to be addressed here and also throw in defensive tackle as well as Miami still needs a back-up defensive tackle.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dolphins Select DE Charles Harris out of Missouri at Pick #22



With the 22nd pick in Rd 1 Miami has selected Missouri DE Charles Harris. They did pass on Alabama LB Reuben Foster as he was still available.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LIVE DolphinsTalk.com Podcast April 30th @ 9pm

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Five Potential Fits For Miami at 22






The purpose of this exercise is to find five realistic fits for Miami at their current draft selection. I based these selections on the best players that may be available combined with those who have had contact with Miami so far in the process. Without further adieu, here they are:



1.      Derek Barnett – The Dolphins have reportedly “spent a lot of time studying Barnett” according to The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. Jackson also added that “the Dolphins this year told one high-end front seven defender that they didn’t need to use one of their 30 visits on him because they feel good about his ability without bringing him in.” I’m betting that player is Barnett. Opinions on Barnett’s draft stock are all over the board. Some believe he could go in the top 10, while other believe he could linger into the early 20’s. The All-Time Sack leader at Tennessee would seemingly be a perfect complement to All-Pro rusher Cam Wake. He plays the run well, has active and violent hands to disengage blockers and obviously does a nice job getting to the passer. The only thing holding back Barnett from being a Top 10 lock is his lack of elite athleticism. At the end of the day, this is an outstanding football player and is very much in play to be the Dolphins pick at 22.



2.      Taco Charlton – Another former Wolverine that appears to be a terrific position fit is edge rusher Taco Charlton. The long, athletic pass rusher could become a starter relatively quickly for this team and gives the team much needed depth in the interim. Cam Wake is not getting any younger and newly added William Hayes is only working on a one-year deal. No one doubts Taco’s ability; however he doesn’t show the same maximum effort on every play. Motivation shouldn’t be a problem while playing on the line with All-Pro greats like Ndamukong Suh and Wake. Taco’s length and upside are certainly intriguing and could make for a solid addition for Miami on Thursday night.



3.      Reuben Foster – Foster’s case is maybe the most interesting and intriguing one of all. This pick will depend largely on how teams view the risk of taking Foster in the first round. Foster will now be one failed drug test away from a four-game suspension. Picking the former Alabama product now comes with considerable risk. Reuben Foster is a top 10 pick on talent alone and the Dolphins have been proven to roll the dice if the talent outweighs the risk. They faced a similar decision with their 2016 first round selection of tackle Laremy Tunsil. At this moment, it still seems like a long shot that Foster will be available, but he would be make a lot of sense for Miami if he is. Gase also has a close relationship with Alabama head man Nick Saban, who would likely give his recommendation for Gase to make Foster the next Miami Dolphin.



4.      David Njoku – At first glance, this may seem like a luxury pick. This offseason, Miami traded disgruntled offensive tackle Brandon Albert to Jacksonville for Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas was a free agent bust for Jacksonville; however, Gase knows the big tight end very well from their time together in Denver and proposes a plan to get him back on track. There is no immediate need, but with Tight Ends becoming a premium skill position in the NFL nowadays, this pick does make some sense. Just ask the division rival and Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Dolphins front office brass has maintained that they will go best player available and have positioned themselves well to do so. If Njoku is somehow available at 23, he will likely be the best player available and would make this offense downright scary in 2017.



5.      Cam Robinson – Let me preface this by saying, I don’t believe the Dolphins are considering using their first round pick on an offensive lineman. They re-signed Jermon Bushrod and brought in Ted Larsen as stopgaps at the LG and RG positions. This allows them some flexibility in the offensive line and makes those positions less of a glaring need heading into Thursday. I also sense that Cam Robinson will be long gone by 22. With that being said, if he is available, Robinson is the only offensive lineman the Dolphins may consider here. Most experts have projected Robinson as either a starting right tackle or guard in the NFL. What makes this pick so logical for Miami beyond their need for an update at both guard spots is that the Dolphins remain undecided on their current right tackle spot beyond 2017. The team has yet to make a decision on current starter Ju’Wuan James’ fifth year option. If they decline his option after 2017, Robinson can follow in Laremy Tunsil’s footsteps and slide out to tackle next season.


Obviously, there are other names in play for the Dolphins on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. As we all know, the draft is extremely unpredictable and anyone who says they have the pick pegged right now is either lying or needs to be playing the lottery.



Bottom line is, while the team has preached BPA, the player they choose will likely be ready to step in on day one to make an impact. An impact player is sorely needed if the Dolphins are going to build on their success coming off a 10-6 season and first trip to the playoffs since 2008.




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Scott's Final Round One Mock Draft



Well, ladies and gentleman, here is my final First Round Mock Draft of the season. I hope you all enjoy. I have to say, this is probably the most difficult draft to project that I have encountered since I started following the NFL. We'll see tonight how accurate I really am. Have at it folks, and Happy Draft Day!



1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett – Defensive End – Texas A&M

Quick take: Browns have a serious pass rush need and Garrett is the unanimous top player in the draft. No need to overthink this one. While I may not be as high on Garrett as some other draftniks, he would undoubtedly present a huge upgrade in the pass rushing department for Cleveland from Day One.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas – Defensive End – Stanford

Quick take: John Lynch could easily take a safety like Jamal Adams to fortify the backend, but I think he opts for the local kid. As a former Stanford guy, I’m sure he knows Thomas real well already.

3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen – Defensive End – Alabama

Quick take: This may be the toughest pick for me to project in the whole draft. The Bears have some interest in Solomon Thomas, but with Thomas off the board they grab the next best thing here with Allen. Allen may have been the better college player and would be an outstanding fit at the five technique in the Bears’ 3-4 front.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette – Running Back – LSU

Quick take: Tom Coughlin knows what a good running game can do for a team. The former Giants head man will look to fortify the running game and continue to build on this young emerging defense with his remaining picks.

5. Tennessee Titans: Jamal Adams – Safety – Louisiana State

Quick take: Tennessee has needs all over this defense, but in particular in the secondary. To me, Adams is the second-best player in this draft and would bring the leadership and playmaking ability this young defense sorely lacks.

6. New York Jets: Marshon Lattimore – Cornerback – Ohio State



Quick take: I remain skeptical that Lattimore will go this high with his injury history and lack of starting experience. That being said, the Jets definitely need the help in their defensive backfield and Lattimore is the consensus number one corner in this draft.



7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker – Safety – Ohio State

Quick take: The Bolts have been looking for an upgrade at safety ever since Eric Weddle departed in Free Agency following the 2015 season. Hooker is a true center fielder type and interception magnet. Some consider Hooker a top-5 player in this class.

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey – Running Back – Stanford

Quick take: Reports are that the Panthers are very high on McCaffrey and the overwhelming opinion is he will gone inside the top 10. Rivera eluded to changes coming in the offense, to make them more explosive in 2017. Ed’s son will certainly do that.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Haasan Reddick – Linebacker – Temple

Quick take: Reddick has aced this offseason and is starting to emerge as a legitimate Top 10-15 pick. The Bengals could use some speed at the LB position and Reddick comes with less baggage than fellow LB prospect Reuben Foster, who could also be considered here.

10. Buffalo Bills: O.J. Howard – Tight End – Alabama

Quick take: The overwhelming opinion here is that they will look to add a playmaker here for Tyrod Taylor. With the Bills interest in FA tight ends this offseason, Howard seems to make the most sense here. He is a top 10 talent in this draft and will add another dimension to this offense.

11. New Orleans Saints: Reuben Foster – Linebacker – Alabama

Quick take: While many believe Foster’s recent failed Combine drug test may keep him out of the 1st round, I believe the player is far too talented to pass up here. A drop out of the top 10 is almost certain; however, the value is too good at 11 for the Saints to pass up.

12. Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky – Quarterback – North Carolina

Quick take: This seems like a marriage that is likely to come to fruition on draft night. Trubisky is an Ohio native and the Browns have toyed with the idea of taking him #1 overall. In the end, I believe he ends up in Cleveland. Whether it be from trade or draft tumble is still to be determined.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Williams – Wide Receiver - Clemson

Quick take: Larry Fitzgerald is not getting any younger and John Brown’s health always seems to be in question. Adding a nice big weapon for what could be Carson Palmer’s final season would not be a bad idea. Williams can learn from Fitz and take over as the #1 receiver as early as 2018.

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Chidobe Awuzie – Cornerback – Colorado

Quick take: This may be the first real surprise of the draft. While most media folks would be surprised by the pick, this may be a case of the NFL liking a player a bit more than the folks at home. Awuzie is a polished cover man with experience all over the secondary and Philadelphia sorely needs it.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist McKinley – Defensive End – UCLA

Quick take: New Colts GM Chris Ballard knows how important pass rushers are from his days in Kansas City. He will undoubtedly be looking to add one early in this draft. Charles Harris of Missouri will likely be considered here, but I like McKinley as a slightly better fit here.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Robinson – Offensive Tackle – Alabama

Quick take: Baltimore would like to build a dominant offensive line ala the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. For my money, Robinson is best tackle in this draft and Ozzie has an affinity for Alabama players. Robinson would slide right in to replace the departed Ricky Wagner.

17. Washington Redskins: Jarrad Davis – Linebacker - Florida

Quick take: Davis appears to be one of the fastest rising players in this draft. Washington needs linebackers and Davis could be a bull in the middle of this defense. Safety and running back are also areas of need but Davis may be too good to pass up here.

18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross – Wide Receiver – Washington

Quick take: Ross has professed his admiration of Titan’s signal caller Marcus Mariota and the pair would make a great match here. After the Combine, Ross appeared headed for a Top 10 selection, but his injury history causes him to slide a little and settle in right here.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook – Running Back – Florida State

Quick take: Of all the first round projections this year, this one just seems to make the most sense. Pairing Cook with his college teammate Jameis Winston and giving the Bucs a replacement for inconsistent RB Doug Martin would make a lot of sense for Tampa.

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles – Offensive Tackle – Utah

Quick take: The Broncos would love to grab Christian McCaffrey here, but I sense he will be long gone by this pick. Bolles also makes a lot of sense here. The Broncos need to get bigger and more talented on the offensive line. This kid is tenacious with a ton of upside that Elway will love.

21. Detroit Lions: David Njoku – Tight End – Miami (Fla.)

Quick take: The Lions need to add more offensive weapons for Matt Stafford. Former top ten pick Eric Ebron has been slower to develop than expected, so Detroit adds some competition in the form of this athletic specimen from Miami. Njoku’s upside is monstrous and he could become the Calvin Johnson of tight ends in short order for the Lions.

22. Miami Dolphins: Derek Barnett – Defensive End – Tennessee

Quick take: Barnett’s limited athleticism could cause him to slide a little on draft day. That works out just fine for Miami. They have preached BPA and all this guy does is produce. The fact that he broke Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee speaks volumes to that production.

23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk – Offensive Tackle – Wisconsin

Quick take: The Giants need to improve on the offensive line and in the run game. Ramczyk is solid in all areas and gives the Giants a slightly more athletic complement at bookend to former first rounder Ereck Flowers. Adding a RB & TE in this draft will also be a priority.

24. Oakland Raiders: Kevin King – Cornerback – Washington

Quick take: The Raiders love long press corners and their big FA addition of Sean Smith last season left much to be desired. Depth is also important here and King would be a nice addition here. The former Huskie has been a big riser ever since his outstanding combine.

25. Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes – Quarterback – Texas Tech

Quick take: The Texans need a Quarterback, plain and simple. Mahomes has stated that he believes Coach Bill O’Brien is very interested in his services and I would be inclined to agree with that. The former Red Raider may have the most upside of any QB in this draft.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp – Offensive Guard – Western Kentucky

Quick take: It is an exercise in futility to try and guess what Pete Carroll will do on draft day. However, no one can argue against Seattle’s need on the offensive line. Many experts project Lamp as the top OG, maybe even the top OL in this entire draft and he would make a lot of sense for Seattle right here.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Deshaun Watson – Quarterback – Clemson

Quick take: Another match made in NFL Draft Heaven here. Many question Watson’s upside and arm strength, but no one can argue his toughness, athletic ability and leadership. This is just the type of QB Andy Reid looks for and he will do well to sit and learn from Alex Smith for a year or two.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Tre’Davious White – Cornerback – LSU

Quick take: Much like departed former tiger Morris Claiborne, White is a long, athletic corner with lots of starting experience in the SEC. The Cowboys were ravaged by free agency in the secondary and need reinforcements badly. While White may not carry the most upside, I believe he is the most pro-ready corner in this entire draft.

29. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt – Linebacker – Wisconsin

Quick take: The Pack need pass rushing help, so they keep the hometown kid in-state. JJ’s little brother is just scratching the surface of his potential and learning next to a great pass rusher with similar traits like Clay Matthews could do wonders for Watt in Green Bay.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeShone Kizer – Quarterback – Notre Dame

Quick take: Kizer is projected to the second round in most mock drafts these days, but he makes way too much sense as the heir apparent to Big Ben in Pittsburgh. He is the big, strong-armed Quarterback type that the Steel Town has grown to love and would get the proper time and seasoning he needs in Pittsburgh.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Charles Harris – Defensive End – Missouri

Quick take: Atlanta is looking to add pass rushing help to their front seven. Harris could be the target by either staying put or an aggressive trade up. This young defense was very impressive last year but wore down late in the Super Bowl and could use some more guys to get to the Quarterback.

32. New Orleans Saints: Marlon Humphrey – Cornerback – Alabama

Quick take: Another Saints pick, and another Alabama player chosen. Humphrey may very well be long gone by this pick, but if he is on the board, he would add some much needed talent to this Saints’ secondary. He is technically sound on the outside and is great in run support.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mike's 2017 Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft


It’s Draft week and we are days away from the Miami Dolphins being “On The Clock” as they select players to improve their football team. I am not a big Mock Draft guy who does multiple mock drafts starting in January and pumping out a new one each week. I am from the Mike Mayock school of do one mock draft the week of or before the draft and that’s it.  Myself and Tom put out our annual dueling Round 1 Mock Draft over the weekend and now it’s time for my annual Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft. Each year I do this on the site where I mock every pick for Miami in the upcoming draft. It’s one of the more popular columns I write each year so let’s get right two it.

First the ground rules and my thoughts as I go into this to help you understand my picks…..

1)    I don’t predict trades. With that said in real life if I were Miami I would look to trade down or out of Round 1 completely IF (big IF) the offer they get nets them more picks in rounds 2 and 3. Right now Miami has 3 picks in the first 3 rounds. If I could turn pick #22 around and move down and end up with 4 or maybe 5 picks total in the first 3 rounds I’m for it. Those first 3 rounds of this years draft are loaded and you want as many picks as possible in them. So that is my opinion on trading down, but for this article I won’t predict any trade downs as it’s impossible to predict.

2)   I view Miami’s needs as many others do in that they need (in no special order) Guard, Linebacker, Defensive End, Cornerback, Safety.

3)   The Dolphins defense currently has little to no depth, isn’t very athletic in areas, and the overall size and speed needs to be upgraded dramatically. This will be a defense heavy draft.

4) You have to be realistic in that Miami won't fill every need they have in this draft.  It's about the marriage of best player available with team need when they are on the clock. They enter the draft with multiple needs to the goal is to exit the draft with far less needs.

With all of that said, let’s get to the picks in Mike’s 2017 Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft…

1st Round- 22nd overall
Reuben Foster-LB-Alabama


I know, I know, I know what you are saying. But Mike in last weekend’s Tom and Mike’s Dueling Rd 1 Mock Draft you had Miami taking Taco Charlton, so why are you changing?  You can’t flip-flop like that! Well, that article was written before the news broke that Reuben Foster has a failed drug test under his name. It was for a diluted sample at the NFL Combine (still counts as a failure,) so he enters his NFL career in the NFL drug program meaning he is tested weekly and up to 12 times a month. There is now news that Foster may fall far in Round 1 because of that and even out of Round 1 completely which I find silly honestly. Those of you that heard me on SiriusXM NFL Radio this past Friday with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwin as I was on the air as the Dolphins selector in their Fan Mock Draft, heard me say to a national audience that no way Foster would get past Miami. at pick #22. The Dolphins, just like last year, won’t pass up a Top 10 and even maybe a Top 5 talent at #22 for some of these minor red flags Foster has. Foster is a do it all linebacker who can play the SAM, MIKE, or the WILL. He is a violent tackler who can fly all over the field. There are some red flags about his shoulder as he had rotator cuff surgery this offseason but from the latest reports the medicals are ok and he will be ready for training camp. The off the field stuff is there but isn’t overly concerning in my opinion (not like there is a video out there of him smoking pot through a gas mask.) As a football player Foster is elite and has all of the tools. The red flags are, no doubt and no way to spin it. But Miami just like last year will have to foster (no pun intended) an environment to bring Reuben along and help him mature and keep on the road to success off the field. They did it with Tunsil now they will have to do it again. And the Dolphins opening day linebackers of Kiko, Timmons, and Foster is a major upgrade to a unit that was pitiful last season.

2nd Round - 54th overall
Dan Feeney-G-Indiana


As much as this is a defense heavy draft for the Dolphins the guard position needs to be addressed and this team needs a day 1 starter at guard out of this draft. So the Dolphins will get a guard in the first few rounds of the draft and Feeney fits the bill. Some have Feeney going high in Rd 2 but I don't see that many guards going off the board in the early rounds of NFL drafts. I think he falls to the middle to end of Rd 2. He is a scheme fit for Miami’s zone-blocking system and a plug-n-play guard. Feeney can also play center as well which is key should Mike Pouncey become injured again as it often seems to be the case with Pouncey. Although Feeney being 6’4” is tall for a center by most standards he can man the position if necessary. The Dolphins are bringing back essentially every key element of last years offense so not much to tweak on offense but guard is a glaring need. Feeney fixes that not only this year but long-term as well. Not to mention with a last name like Feeney Dolphins fans can do the “Feeney Call” at games this year (Boy Meet’s World reference, if you don’t understand it google it.)

3rd Round- 97th overall
Dalvin Tomlinson-DT-Alabama



I had to address defensive line here and get either a pass rusher or a rotational defensive tackle. Miami has no depth behind Suh and Phillips at defensive tackle so they need a back-up at that position and Tomlinson is the best defensive linemen on the board at this point. He is a run stuffer first who has great strength and can push people around. His size is good in that he is 6'3" and 310lbs and oh yeah by the way,  he is very very strong. The one thing he lacks is pass rushing ability but as a run stuffer Tomlinson is good to great. Tomlinson is more than willing to get dirty and fight to get to the ball carrier at all costs. While Jordan Phillips is more of a pass rusher who has been known to take plays off, Tomlinson is all strength, no finesse with a non-stop motor who will battle every snap.

5th Round- 166th overall
Dwayne Thomas-CB-LSU


The way this draft is falling Miami still has need at pass rusher and help in the secondary as we enter round 5. Ideally Miami would have liked a pass rusher in round 1 but passing on Foster wasn’t an option as he is an elite talent. In round 2 a day one starter at guard falls in our lap and then come round 3 it’s about the best player available and Johnson is that and it also fills a need. So come round five Miami tries to add picks to their remaining needs of secondary and pass rusher. Dwayne Thomas is a pure nickel CB who can come in and push Bobby McCain for that spot. Thomas had a great senior bowl and a fantastic senior year at LSU playing against top level talent in college. Thomas is also a willing tackler in the run game which is a huge plus. The knock-on Thomas is his size so that’s why he falls in the draft but he can push McCain in the nickel CB position so it is a fit here for Miami. He will have trouble playing CB on the outside in the NFL because his size and taller NFL WR's will abuse him all day long, but he is as pure a nickel CB as you will find and with this being a pass heavy league you need nickel CB's as they are on the field a lot.

5th Round- 178th overall
Josh Carraway-DE-TCU


The knock on Carraway is that he is too nice. Yes that is the main knock on him that he is too happy-go-lucky. He is small for an NFL  DE but he has amazing speed with good to great  pass rushing skills and is explosive off the ball. The knocks are he is too nice, he doesn’t set the edge as a run defender at all, and he can be pushed around too easily. So early in his career he will be used primarily as a pass rushing specialist which for a 5th round pick that is ok. It will be up to the Dolphins coaches to toughen this kid up and get the most out of him.  He will need to put a bed in the weight room for a year to two to bulk up and be an every down player but for a 5th round flier he has long-term potential. The one thing Josh has though is speed and you can’t coach his speed!

5th Round - 184th overall
Darrell Daniels-TE-Washington


Miami upgraded at TE with Julius Thomas but behind Thomas Miami has little depth. Adam Gase is an offensive coach to his core so as we get to the late rounds he will look at all of the defensive players they have taken this year and bang the table for an offensive player. Daniels has the size and speed you want out of a tight end, he just didn’t have the production in college. More of a receiver who uses his speed to get open as he is one of those WR's who has converted to tight end. He is nothing special of a blocker but he can block well enough.

7th Round - 223th overall
Ryan Glasgow-DT-Michigan


Stephen Ross ends the draft with a smile as we draft a Michigan man. All kidding aside Miami is so thin at defensive tackle we double down here and draft a second one at that position. Glasgow isn’t a pass rusher at all and more of a run stuffer who is very strong but not very athletic. Possible practice squad guy year one who could develop in time.

POST MOCK DRAFT THOUGHTS
While I would have liked to get a pass rusher/edge rusher early the fall of Foster I had to jump on. Going linebacker in round 1 dictated the rest of my draft and changed it up some. In round two the top pass rushers were all gone so we went to shore up the guard position and lock that in.  Come round 3 I had to address the defensive line with either a pass rusher or depth for Suh/Phillips at DT and the top player on the board at defensive line was Tomlinson so I scooped him up. This is a very deep draft for cornerbacks so I waited for a while there and got a true nickel CB in Dwayne Thomas who can push McCain this year so that was good. With the remaining picks I get depth at tight end and a player who is very similar to Julius Thomas skill wise and a couple guys who can be put on the practice squad and developed over time on the defensive line. We leave the draft with an outstanding linebacker core and an offensive line that will be above average to very good entering the 2017 season. We also have depth at nickel CB and tight end who could be a starter some day. We also get a defensive tackle who can play about 15-20 snaps a game right away and some projects on the defensive line who we can stash on our practice squad most likely.

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