In my estimation we need a CB, OG, MLB, and S. If I were drafting, I would love to see us do something like this:
1st - Jalen Ramsey CB FSU or Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
I chose to go corner first because I don't feel there is a guard, linebacker, or safety that warrants this high of a pick. Both are elite talents but I give the edge to Ramsey because of his size and aggressive nature. Dude loves to hit.
2nd - Landon Turner OG UNC
Going for a mauler in the run game here. Plug and play left guard.
3rd - Kentrell Brothers MLB Missouri
Tackling machine. I'm hoping he drops like Zach Thomas did because of his height. Good in coverage too.
4th - Deon Bush S Miami
Prospect to compete with Michael Thomas a and Walt Aikens for the second S spot. Love his attitude on and off the field.
5th - Kevin Hogan QB Stanford
Backup for Tannehill. Prospect for Gase to groom. Big arm, can make all the throws.
6th - Alex Lewis OL Nebraska
He's versatile and could provide depth at both left side positions. Also frees us up to drop Dallas Thomas.
7th - Add depth at wide receiver and defensive line.
I DO NOT want to address OG in the draft. Miami has tried and tried and not been able to get it done. Miami can and will create cap space, and this needs to be addressed via free agency.
I can certainly go for a CB with the 1st pick, but I also like UCLA LB Myles Jack here as well. I think Miami needs multiple linebackers.
A lot of what Miami will do will depend on what they do in free agency. If we lose Vernon & Shelby and possible Wake, that a position that will need to be addressed. I like the kid from Clemson in the 2nd round, Kevin Dodd.
Hope maybe since Vance Joseph is here in Miami, the Dolphins can lure Reggie Nelson to Miami. He is a Florida boy and a playmaker. Would be nice to have him next to Reshad Jones.
I agree that free agency will play a big part. If we lose Miller and Vernon, we're likely shopping DE and RB in the first four rounds. Also, if we cut Grimes, Cameron, etc., it will also change the approach. This mock is going off the idea that we cut nonessential guys like Jennings and Coples, and we restructure a couple of the other high paid players that aren't living up to their contract.
As far as ignoring the guard position, I think we've made way too many stupid free agency signings on the offensive line for my lifetime. Anyone remember Linkenbach, Colledge, Watkins, Brenner, Smiley, Berger, Grove, Smith, and the list goes on. The best free agent interior lineman we signed in the last decade was at the center of a bullying scandal that got a bunch of people fired. What we need to stop doing is trying to fill starting spots with middle round picks. Also, we need to stop trying to convert tall tackles into guards. We need walking Coke machines in there.