By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on March 28, 2014
I will be posting a Miami Dolphins' seven-round mock draft at the end of every week until May's draft. This week's mock comes courtesy of First-Pick.com's mock draft simulator. Share your thoughts on the picks you like, love or hate in the comments section.
With such a mediocre and overpaid linebacker corps in Miami, selecting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley was too tempting once again. Mosley would be an instant upgrade in the middle of the Dolphins' defense with the ability to stuff the run, blitz and drop back into coverage. The move would allow the Dolphins to kick Dannell Ellerbe outside where he would be less of a liability against the run.
The Denver Broncos came calling with an offer I couldn't refuse in the second round. In exchange for the Dolphins' 18th pick in the second round, the Broncos were willing to give up pick No. 31 in the second, pick No. 31 in the third, pick No. 31 in the fourth and pick No. 31 in the fifth. Like I said, I couldn't refuse, especially in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.
There may not be a better fit at right tackle in this entire draft class than Virginia offensive lineman Morgan Moses. Getting Moses in the late second-round would be a true steal. Moses has played on the right side before, so his move to right tackle would be relatively effortless. As a fine pass protector, Moses has the measurables to provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the pocket to flourish in year three.
Even with Knowshon Moreno in town, the Dolphins could still use a running back in May's draft. Moreno is only under contract for one season and incumbent starter Lamar Miller has potential but is still unproven. West Virginia's Charles Sims became too enticing to bypass in round three. Sims has a high ceiling as an all-purpose back and would bring some physicality to Miami's stable of runners.
The Dolphins are in need of not only a seam/red zone threat at tight end, but a reliable blocker as well after Charles Clay and Dion Sims struggled to win battles in the trenches last season. Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz would potentially fit the bill with the size and hands to be the big target Tannehill needs and the blocking prowess to develop into a complete player.
No, wide receiver isn't a pressing need at the moment for the Dolphins, but it may be in a year or two considering Mike Wallace's murky standing with the team and Brian Hartline's limitations as a starter. This might be one of the deepest drafts at receiver in quite some time, and the Dolphins should take advantage of that with the future in mind. Devin Street has upside with a solid combination of size and speed.
The Dolphins addressed one guard spot with Shelley Smith but the opposite guard spot remains void. Chris Watt is a rising prospect who could, at the very least, provide Miami with competition and depth on the interior offensive line.
With the injury-prone Louis Delmas now starting alongside Reshad Jones at safety, the Dolphins would be wise to provide themselves a contingency plan at the position. Jonathan Dowling is a rangy safety prospect who would be a nice developmental piece in the fifth or sixth round.
If it weren't for a slew of injuries, Boston College left tackle Matt Patchan might be considered a day two pick. He has impressive athleticism and feet that project him as a potential starter at the next level with good health.
The Dolphins, in need of more playmakers, would be fortunate to select Dri Archer late in the draft. With sub-4.3 speed, Archer has the potential to be a true home-run threat at the next level, either at receiver, running back or as a returner.
The Dolphins pickup a talented but undisciplined cornerback to develop in Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin with their final selection of the draft.
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