Draft day is almost here and a number of teams including the Miami Dolphins have needs to address and a future to build for. Instead of the usual mock draft of our own, we decided to look at what other Dolphins’ and national sites were saying and to examine where there was a consensus.
For this next exercise, we’ll look at eight different mock drafts to form our seven-round draft. If there’s no consensus or a tie, we’ll be the tiebreaker.
The mock drafts used come from:
James Parks of 247Sports.
J.T. Wilcox of CBS 4 in Miami.
Mason Hicks of FanSided’s Dolphins’ site, Phin Phanatic.
Chad Reuter at NFL.com.
Mike Olivia of DolphinsTalk.com.
Jeff Hyde of Deep End Miami.
R.J. White of CBS Sports.
Luke Easterling of USA Today.
Jonnu Smith – 4
Jordan Willis – 3
Shaquill Griffin – 3
Forrest Lamp – 2
Tanzel Smart – 2
Jarrad Davis – 2*
Zach Cunnigham – 2#
*Hicks had the Dolphins trading the No. 22 pick to Cleveland for the 33rd and 65th picks. Miami then uses the 33rd pick to select Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis. The Dolphins use the 65th pick to select Texas A&M safety Justin Evans.
#White has Miami involved in a three-way trade with the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texas. The Dolphins send the No. 22 pick to Baltimore and the No. 166 and No. 184 picks to Houston. In return, Miami receives the No. 25 and No. 130 pick from Houston and the No. 122 overall pick from Baltimore. The Dolphins select Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham with the No. 25 overall pick, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor at No. 122 and Houston cornerback Howard Wilson 130th overall.
Jordan Willis — DE, Kansas State
Round 1, No. 22 overall
Though most prognosticators listed have Jordan Willis going in the second round to the Dolphins, his draft stock has risen dramatically and any chance of Miami getting him in the second round is a pipe dream at this point. At 6-4 and nearly 265 pounds, Willis has a long frame and is a superb pass-rusher. He recorded 11.5 sacks as a senior at Kansas State last season.
Dorian Johnson — G, Pittsburgh
Round 2, No. 54 overall
With the Dolphins picking Willis instead of Forrest Lamp in the first round, it’s not a stretch to think that Miami will go with an offensive lineman in the second round. With Laremy Tunsil, last year’s first round pick, moving over to tackle, the Dolphins will be looking for guards to fill in and Johnson fits the bill.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin — LB, Tennessee
Round 3, No. 97 overall
With the Dolphins not electing to draft Davis or Cunningham in the first two rounds, they will need to get a linebacker sooner rather than later. Reeves-Maybin is the quintessential outside linebacker and seen by many as a low-risk pick. Injuries kept him from producing as a senior, but Reeves-Maybin had more than 100 tackles in each of the previous two years and eight total sacks.
Shaquill Griffin — CB, UCF
Round 5, No. 166 overall
UCF cornerback Shaquill Griffin appears three times on the composite draft board. Griffin came on strong over his last two seasons in Orlando and adds depth to a Miami secondary that was unable to stay healthy a season ago.
Jonnu Smith — TE, Florida International
Round 5, No. 178 overall
The Florida International tight end appears in more mock drafts than any other player. Jonnu Smith unfortunately made headlines for the wrong reasons last year after his girlfriend dumped boiling water on him. Smith, at 6-2 and 225 pounds, is more of a receiving tight end and bodes as a great addition to help bolster the future of the position.
Tanzel Smart — DT, Tulane
Round 5, No. 184 overall
Outside of projected starters Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips, the Dolphins have virtually no depth at defensive tackle, but Tanzel Smart could be a late round steal. At 6-2 and more than 330 pounds, Smart is a big body, but deceptively athletic.
Matt Milano — LB, Boston College
Round 7, No. 223 overall
Like the first linebacker taken in this mock draft, Boston College’s Matt Milano is a low-risk, high-reward pick. Milano has a ton of potential, but still has a long way to go to make an impact on the NFL level. If there is one area he could contribute in the next few years, it’s as a blitzer in obvious passing downs.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson