By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on April 22, 2014
The 2014 NFL Draft is a mere 16 days away. With that in mind, it's time for another Miami Dolphins' seven-round mock draft. This mock was once again conducted on First-pick.com's simulator, so 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. Let's see how my latest results turned out.
After trading back in the first round and selecting a wide receiver in my last mock for the Dolphins, I flipped back to my original pick for Miami in this version. Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley just makes too much sense -- yes, even considering the latest rumor that GM Dennis Hickey has settled on moving Koa Misi inside and won't draft a linebacker early. I think the Dolphins will abort those plans if Mosley is still on the board.
Despite two voids along the offensive line, the Dolphins will likely consider taking a receiver on day two of the draft. Recent interest in free agents and draft prospects at the position indicates as much. Indiana's Cody Latimer is one of the fastest rising players of the class thanks to a sensational combination of size and speed. He might not play as fast as he times, but he compensates with physicality and a large-catch radius.
Waiting until the third round to address the offensive line would be a huge gamble by the Dolphins, but it pays off in this mock. Some analysts are projecting Billy Turner as a guard in the NFL, but I like him better at tackle. His quick shuffle and ability to mirror edge rushers are two of his better qualities. Turner has some technique issues to refine, but his blend of athleticism and power should intrigue the Dolphins on day two.
The Dolphins will reportedly target a physical runner during the third day of the draft. If Towson's Terrance West is still on the board, I would expect GM Dennis Hickey to pounce on the opportunity to snag him. West has the physicality to complement Miami's current stable of backs nicely and possesses the vision necessary to excel in a zone-blocking scheme.
The Dolphins sacrifice the interior offensive line in this mock in order to address other areas of need, but Notre Dame's Chris Watt would offer them a solid depth piece who could develop into a decent starter at the next level.
The 2014 Dolphins might be weak at one guard spot in the unlikely event this mock comes to fruition, but they would improve substantially in 2015. Clemson's Brandon Thomas was considered one of the top guards of the draft and also a potential starter at tackle before tearing his ACL. If he's still available on day three, the Dolphins should consider red-shirting him in 2014. Doing so could pay huge dividends in 2015.
Another potential red-shirt option, Aaron Colvin was pegged as one of the top cornerbacks of the class before tearing his ACL at the Senior Bowl in January. Colvin would give the Dolphins an asset to develop in the secondary in case Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan fail to offer any long-term assurance or Jamar Taylor and Will Davis don't materialize into anything special.
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