Miami Dolphins 7-Round NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Miami Dolphins 7-Round Mock Draft
Even though free agency hasn’t even started, it’s still fun to take a look at what the Miami Dolphins might do in their draft, which is scheduled to begin on May 8. Now that the combine is over, we get to hear a little more about some players that we may not have known about. In addition, players may have solidified their status in the minds of many front offices.
The Dolphins have many holes to fill and we aren’t quite sure yet what their plan is for free agency. It is widely expected that they will be aggressive filling the left tackle position but after that, we don’t know much. If things don’t play out the right way, they may end up with more holes than they can fill in the draft and will then need to rely on second or third level free agents to fill those.
With that said, I do my best to predict what will happen in free agency and then consequently, the draft. I expect the Dolphins to be very heavy on offense this draft, especially on the offensive line. With all that said, no matter what is said this time of the year, everything can easily change once free agency begins and the best laid plans begin to fall apart. Mock drafts are continually updated up until the day of the actual draft and this one will be no different.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at the seven round mock draft for the Dolphins and see if you agree with my picks!
Round One - Aaron Donald: DT – University of Pittsburgh
Ideally, I would love to see the Dolphins trade down here but I’m not going to get into all of that at this time. I am confident they will address the left tackle position in free agency. From what we are hearing, they won’t mind if Paul Soliai and Randy Starks go to a different team. I believe that they take Aaron Donald, a defensive tackle, with this pick. While he struggles rushing the quarterback, he is an absolute monster in the run game and the Dolphins desperately need help there.
Round Two - Antonio Richardson: OT – University of Tennessee
Round Three – Brandon Linder: OG – University of Miami
The draft is loaded with guards and I think the Dolphins will go in that direction in the third round. Brandon Linder would be a great pick here. He is a monster and can pull with good speed.
Round Four – Troy Niklas: TE – Notre Dame
Some consider Troy Niklas the best tight end prospect in the class. He is very athletic and very strong and will run over tacklers without hesitation. With that said, he struggles in the run game and that may cause him to fall out of the third round. However, the Dolphins have Charles Clay who can take care of run blocking and Niklas can be the vertical threat that the Dolphins have been looking for over the past several years.
Round Five – Storm Johnson: RB – Central Florida
Like the offensive line, the draft is loaded with running backs and the Dolphins may select one in the middle rounds of the draft. If they do, I like Storm Johnson. He has been overlooked because he’s only been a full starter for one year. He is the type of running back that Bill Lazor and Joe Philbin like and may be a great fit here.
Round Six – Chris Watt: OG – Notre Dame
General Manager Dennis Hickey has a tendency to double dip on positions in the draft and may do so at guard. Chris Watt is a good choice this late in the draft.
Round Seven – Logan Thomas: QB – Virginia Tech
While the Dolphins already have Ryan Tannehill in place, they aren’t sold yet that he is the future. In addition, Matt Moore may be traded during the draft and if he isn’t, he’s nearing the end of his contract. Logan Thomas had a great weekend at the Combine and with a year of development, he can possibly grow into a strong backup role.