Miami Dolphins 7-Round Mock Draft, Version 3.0

Miami Dolphins 7-Round Mock Draft, Version 3.0

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My latest seven-round mock draft for the Miami Dolphins is once again brought to you by First-Pick.com's draft simulator. Please note this isn't a prediction on my part, but merely myself picking for the Dolphins as if I were the GM according to what prospects the simulator deems available in each round. Without further ado, here are my picks for Miami.

Round One, Pick No. 19: TRADED

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Round One, Pick No. 19: TRADED

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The San Francisco 49ers, a team with a plethora of draft picks but a limited amount of available roster openings, will be desperate to trade up in the first round. Meanwhile, the Dolphins can afford to move back in round one in order to pick up a couple extra selections in a deep draft class. In exchange for the No. 19 overall pick in the first round, the Dolphins land one of the 49ers' picks in each of the first three rounds.

Round One, Pick No. 30 (S.F.): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Brandin Cooks
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Round One, Pick No. 30 (S.F.): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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With two extra picks to fill needs in the subsequent rounds, the Dolphins have the luxury of seeking a playmaker with the No. 30 overall selection. The need for a pass catcher isn't necessarily pressing, but there is some uncertainty for the future of Miami's receiver corps. Oregon State's Brandin Cooks has the speed and the ball skills to thrive in the slot or on the perimeter in the NFL.

Round Two, Pick No. 18: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

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Round Two, Pick No. 18: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

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The Dolphins luck out in this simulated mock. Despite putting off the club's most glaring need, Virginia's Morgan Moses, a legitimate first-round option, is still on the board after 49 picks. Moses has the measurables to be a reliable pass protector from day one and the experience at right tackle to make an effortless transition to Miami's most sizable void.

Round Two, Pick No. 24 (S.F.): Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

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Round Two, Pick No. 24 (S.F.): Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

Chris Borland, Wisconsin
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The Dolphins don't land Alabama's C.J. Mosley, the only surefire upgrade at middle linebacker, in this simulation, but settle for the next best thing. Wisconsin's Chris Borland possesses the instincts, toughness and the under-the-radar quickness to develop into a quality starting inside linebacker at the next level, despite his shortcomings in the size department.

Round Three, Pick No. 17: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

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Round Three, Pick No. 17: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Joel Bitonio
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As an undersized tackle prospect, Joel Bitonio arguably has a much higher ceiling at guard in the NFL. After the Dolphins addressed their need for a new right tackle in this mock, Bitonio becomes one of the club's best options to fill the remaining void at guard. Bitonio has the athleticism and nastiness to become a solid starting interior lineman in Miami.

Round Three, Pick No. 30 (S.F): Terrance West, RB, Towson

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Round Three, Pick No. 30 (S.F): Terrance West, RB, Towson

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The Dolphins are said to covet a big, between-the-tackles type runner in the middle rounds of the draft. Towson's Terrance West certainly fits that bill. West has impressive enough vision and quickness to go along with his thick frame and violent running style to potentially entice the Dolphins on day two.

Round Four, Pick No. 16: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

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Round Four, Pick No. 16: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

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The need for a cornerback in May isn't as imperative as some pundits make it out to be, but Miami's projected starters at the position are both over 30 years old. Although Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are both expected to make a big jump during their second seasons, it wouldn't hurt to add some youth. Phillip Gaines, a Rice product, has good size and moves with the fluidity of an NFL-caliber corner.

Round Five, Pick No. 15: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

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Round Five, Pick No. 15: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

Colt Lyerla
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Thanks to his dismissal from Oregon's football program and an arrest for cocaine use, Colt Lyerla's draft stock has taken a brutal hit over the past year. Otherwise, thanks to superb athleticism, speed and pass catching prowess, Lyerla might have been a first-round pick. The Dolphins likely won't take a risk on a troubled personality after the "Bullygate" fiasco, but could land an ideal complement to Charles Clay by rolling the dice on Lyerla.

Round Six, Pick No. 14: Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky

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Round Six, Pick No. 14: Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky

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Given new starting safety Louis Delmas' uncertain knee issues, the Dolphins may target a rangy safety to pair with Reshad Jones if need be at some point during May's draft. Western Kentucky's Jonathan Dowling is one of the most physically gifted safeties of the class.

Round Seven, Pick No. 19: Boseko Lokombo, OLB, Oregon

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Round Seven, Pick No. 19: Boseko Lokombo, OLB, Oregon

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The Dolphins pick up an athletic project at outside linebacker with their final pick of this mock by snagging Oregon's Boseko Lokombo in the seventh round.


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  • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

    there are so many better LBs then Borland. He is over hyped.

    • Cody J. Strahm

      I disagree. Only like Mosley better as far as ILBs go. Borland is polarizing, though. If you’re strictly a prototype guy, who puts heavy stock in measurables, Borland probably isn’t your guy. Turn on the film, though, and he compensates with instincts, toughness, a high motor and better-than-advertised quickness.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        I dont think measurable for the LB position is that important. But what i do think is important for a LB and especially a MLB in a 4-3 is speed and ability to disengage from blocks and Borland doesnt have either. I think Shazier would be a good MLB. Me personally i think Smallwood is the man even tho he is also slow i think his instincts are great and he sheds blocks very well. if Miami’s O-line targets are gone in the second then LB is what they should draft. im starting to warm up to Skov but only in the third.

        • Cody J. Strahm

          I think Shazier has a high ceiling at WLB, but in no way would I trust him inside at MLB — at least not as a rookie. Would be a HUGE liability against the run. Could be an option for Dolphins to replace Wheeler, though. A lot hinges on if they plan to move Dannell Ellerbe to OLB or keep him put.

  • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

    No way the Nevada tackle makes it out the 2nd

    • Cody J. Strahm

      I doubt he does too. But please remember, like I mentioned at the beginning, this isn’t a prediction. I conducted this on First-pick.com’s mock draft simulator. According to this simulation Bitonio was still on the board. Probably won’t be in May, but you can’t say with any certainty he won’t be. It’s an unpredictable draft and concerns about Bitonio’s strength could drop him to round 3.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        shit, didnt read that

  • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

    as much as i like ur stuff ur mock is bad. Miami is never gonna take a RB from Towson in the third

    • Cody J. Strahm

      Have you watched West play? Very talented back. Should never dismiss a player simply because of what school he comes from. So many small-school prospects have went on to have successful NFL careers. Would be surprised if a team doesn’t pounce on him at the end of the second day. One-cut runner who runs with physicality. Perfect fit for Dolphins’ scheme and what they are missing at RB IMO.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        Not knocking small school prospects just saying third round is way to high for a guy who played in weaker competition. I do like him but we have bigger needs that have to be addressed. If Miami does draft a RB I’m for James White in the latter rounds.

        • Cody J. Strahm

          Perhaps too high for your tastes, but West has a third-round projection according to many. I agree with that assessment.