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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Player Scouting Analysis by Lance Zierlein is linked to NFL.com scouting profiles.
QUARTERBACK: This is maybe one of the stranger draft situations a Quarterback needy team has been in. All 3 of the top prospects, Murray, Haskins, and Lock, could be gone by the time the Phins pick. All 3 could also be there. Each prospect has questions surrounding their value. Do the Phins grab a QB to groom behind Fitzpatrick, do they trade down, or do they go for another player? Guess we will find out soon.
DEFENSIVE END: Current Dolphins Defensive Ends. Charles Harris, Jonathan Woodard, Tank Carradine, Jeremiah Valoaga. So yes, this is the biggest Dolphins need. Compound that need with the very real possibility that the Dolphins will be running some version of a “Bear” defense and are gonna need big traditional Defensive Ends in the plus 265 range. I believe they have one?
OFFENSIVE LINE: The Offensive Line is and has been a mess for some time. The Phins have one quality Offensive Lineman in Laremy Tunsil. The rest is made up of average veterans who have had starting experience. Because they are a veteran group I wouldn’t say they are outright awful, but the Phins could do a lot better. Lucky for the Phins this draft is loaded with Offensive Line talent, which pushes this need down a bit for first round priority.
TRADE DOWN: If the Phins trade down then they would most likely be looking at an Offensive Lineman from a BPA and need standpoint. Options for backend of the first round and early second round are Cody Ford, Garrett Bradbury, Kaleb McGary, Dalton Risner, Erik McCoy, and Chris Lindstrom. Dexter Lawrence makes for an intriguing pick as well for his size and versatility.
THE PICK: DE Clelin Ferrell
Ferrell at 6’4” 265 may be on the smaller end for the style of defense. But he is a prototypical traditional Defensive End in his ability and strength to anchor against the run, and traits to rush the passer. Christian Wilkins comes in close second with his ability to play 3 and 4 man fronts. But Ferrell is better against the run and fills a bigger need.
THE PICK: C Erik McCoy
It’s hard to go any other way than Offensive Line in this round. Whether the Phins go OLine in round 1 or not, it won’t be enough, and the second round just offers too much value in Erik McCoy, Chris Lindstrom, Elgton Jenkins, and Greg Little. McCoy gets the nod as he has shown that he can handle first round talents like Quinnen Williams and Dexter Lawrence, among others. Physically gifted and a team Captain, McCoy can anchor the Offensive Line.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Again another round full of Offensive Line talent. Even if they draft 2 Offensive Lineman in the first two rounds, they could still use another. Tackles Yodny Cajuste, Tytus Howard, and Guards Michael Deiter, Connor McGovern, Michael Jordan, highlight the group.
THE PICK: DE Anthony Nelson
At 6’7” 271 Nelson is a rangy player that carries a lot of weight with him. He is a high motor player with pro pedigree. He is a bit raw but has had solid production, and his traits combined with his motor give him a high ceiling.
SAFETY: Safety? Yes. Flores style of Defense uses 5 Defensive Backs that can cover. That means Safeties that can cover. McDonald has slimmed up and seems to really wanna play. But even if McDonald can fit the Defense, another cover Safety would free up Minkah to roam. Hurricane Jaquan Johnson , and/or physical Cornerback Kris Boyd, would boost the Defense.
THE PICK: CB/S Kris Boyd
Boyd would be tough to pass up here. Boyd isn’t very fluid so he will probably drop because of his struggles in man coverage. However, he is a productive zone defender and solid tackler who could flourish at Safety. He also has the added bonus of versatility.
THE PICK: OT Isaiah Prince
More Offensive Line. Can you believe it? If Chuma Edoga, or Nate Davis, are there then they are the picks. But they will probably be gone. Lamont Gaillard, and Ross Pierschbacher, are also possibilities. Prince gets the nod because he is probably the most well rounded. He has some bend issues but plays as a natural Right Tackle that could start early.
NO PICK: The Dolphins could end up with some sixth round picks which should be highlighted by defenders who fell through the cracks. Defensive Lineman John Cominsky, Linebackers Jordan Brailford and Sione Takitaki, Defensive Backs Iman Marshall and Evan Worthington, make for a high ceiling group that would at least contribute on special teams.
Impossible to predict who will fall, but the seventh could be much like the sixth, packed with high ceiling defenders that can immediately contribute on special teams. Situational Pass Rushers Wyatt Ray and Porter Gustin, and Cornerbacks Ken Webster, and Blace Brown stand out.
Fields is a speedster that finished strong last season but he only has six starts and is very raw. However, he has a ton of physical talent and could be a good slot corner.
Carney gets the nod as an undersized pass rusher who has had traditional linebacker experience. At 250 pounds he could be worth a flyer as a developmental prospect to play the “Kyle Van Noy” linebacker position.
#1 Defensive End Clelin Ferrell
#2 Center Erik McCoy
#3 Defensive End Anthony Nelson
#4 Cornerback / Safety Kris Boyd
#5 Offensive Tackle Isaiah Prince
#7 Cornerback Mark Fields
#7 Linebacker Malik Carney
Hey everyone, we are a week away from the NFL Draft and the rumors are all over the map. The key to the entire 1st Round is whether Arizona will draft Kyler Murray and, if so, where they will deal Josh Rosen. The current favorites for Rosen are Washington, Los Angeles (Chargers) and New York (Giants). My money is on Washington landing Rosen for a pair of Day 2 picks, one in 2019 and another in 2020.
Miami GM Chris Grier mentioned today that he sees 5 elite pass rushers and Miami could target one of them with the 13th pick. I believe Miami will look to trade down but its tough to tell who will be buyers at this point. With that said is what I see happening up to Miami's pick and who I believe they will target with their remaining selections:
1. Arizona - Kyler Murray QB (Josh Rosen traded to Washington)
2. San Francisco - Nick Bosa Edge
3. New York (Jets) - Josh Allen Edge
4. Oakland - Quinnen Williams DL
5. Tampa Bay - Devin White LB
6. New York (Giants) - Montez Sweat DE
7. Jacksonville - Jonah Williams OT
8. Detroit - Ed Oliver DL
9. Buffalo - Jawaan Taylor OT
10. Denver - Drew Lock QB
11. Cincinnati - Dwayne Haskins QB
12. Green Bay - TJ Hockenson TE
13. Miami - Christian Wilkins DL
Okay, I know - Borrrriiinnnnng. I've predicted Wilkins before and I'm sticking with him this time around. I've read Clelin Ferrell could be the target or that Miami is big on an offensive lineman. Even if they deal back a few picks I believe Wilkins is the guy. He is a defensive tackle but can line up in several spots and excels at penetrating into the backfield. I'd be thrilled with this pick and I believe Head Coach Brian Flores will be too.
Miami's coaches have a history with the Clemson crowd and I think it will be a factor next weekend. As for their remaining picks here is my best guess (although trades will occur):
Round 2 - Charles Omenihu DE
Round 3 - Germaine Pratt LB
Round 4 - Ross Piersbacher G/C
Round 5 - Michael Jackson CB/S
Round 7 - Maxx Crosby Edge
Round 7 - Alex Bars G
Okay, a couple of quick things to digest here. I get the feeling Miami is going to pass on the QBs much to our chagrin. I really want them to grab Brett Rypien but I think they will focus on an UDFA option. Jordan Ta'amu might be a good signing if someone doesn't snag him late.
Miami has done a ton of homework on linebackers and trench players. Landing Wilkins and Omenihu would be their version of what the Patriots hoped Malcom Brown and Trey Flowers would be (Brown was more space eater than penetrator unfortunately). Germaine Pratt may be more wishful thinking than available option in Round 3 but he fits what Miami needs. Ross Piersbacher is an intelligent linemen and Day 1 starter at either center or guard. Alex Bars is someone who could grow into a starting role. Michael Jackson is more corner but he seems like a movable chess piece for Flores without having to pay a premium. Round it out with Maxx Crosby as a situational pass rusher who could offer a lot on special teams (although he could go much as early as late Day 2).
You never know how scouts see these guys compared to wannabe analysts. This would be a solid draft although not overly exciting. So much is going to change with trades (especially if Oakland takes Lock and offers up Derek Carr to the highest bidder).
If I hear any other rumors I'll make some last minute alterations but this is something I could see for now.