By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 2, 2014
The long wait is almost over. The 2014 NFL Draft is only six days away. Here are five last-minute rumors every Miami Dolphins fan should know before the draft officially commences on Thursday night.
The Sun Sentinel dropped a bombshell on fans last month when beat writer Andrew Abramson reported that Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey is enamored with Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and will likely use Miami's No. 19 overall pick on him. However, the Miami Herald was quick to refute that report, noting that the Dolphins won't consider Kouandjio in the first round because of his medical history. One of the reports is obviously a smokescreen.
Alabama's C.J. Mosley has emerged as a favorite to land in Miami. Even though some consider him a top 10 talent, concerns about his durability and the devalue of non-rush linebackers have lowered his stock. The Dolphins need linebacker help, but the Sun Sentinel has reported that they will move Koa Misi to Mike, Dannell Ellerbe to Will and Philip Wheeler to Sam as opposed to burning an early pick on the corps. It's a difficult rumor to buy.
The Dolphins, with a glaring void at right tackle, are expected to target an offensive lineman during the first or second round. One potential surprise selection at pick No. 19 or later in the first round after a trade is Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James, who the Miami Herald recently reported has received a first-round grade from Hickey and the Dolphins. Most would consider James going that high a huge reach.
Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei recently identified the Dolphins as a candidate to trade up for North Carolina's Eric Ebron. Pompei also listed the Jets, Cardinals and Packers as teams that could move up for the talented tight end. The Dolphins doing so is certainly a long shot, but Ebron is arguably worth the price as a potential elite talent with game-changing ability.
If Jake Matthews, a potentially elite tackle prospect from Texas A&M, doesn't come off the board during the first seven picks, there's some talk that the Dolphins will trade up to the Vikings' No. 8 spot for his services. Matthews would give the Dolphins an instant starter at right tackle and a long-term replacement for Branden Albert at left tackle. Making the trade and nabbing Matthews would be a questionable allocation of resources, however.
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