One of the most surprising teams from last season, the Miami Dolphins ended Adam Gase’s rookie season with a 10-6 record. They finished the year with an exclamation point after upsetting the New England Patriots which capped off a 9-2 run to end the year. Gase led the ‘Phins to their first playoff appearance since 2008.
Things are certainly looking better in Miami than they have for quite a long time. Adam Gase has shown a lot of promise and has the potential to grow into one of the premier coaches in the game. In order for him to keep this team moving in the right direction, hitting in the 2017 NFL Draft is pivotal, as it is for any team.
While compiling the team needs for the Dolphins, it was apparent they needed to fill a lot of holes on defense and also add youth and depth. While the offense is mostly built, they could still really use an upgrade up on that offensive line. They’re off to a great start after drafting Laremy Tunsil in the 1st round of last year’s draft.
As I continue to pound out these individual team mock drafts, keep in mind that I try to keep it as realistic as possible, and base it more off of what I think the team would do, rather than what I would. Thank you for reading, and enjoy!
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Round 1 (Pick 22): Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
The Miami Dolphins kick off their draft with a bit of a surprise pick as they address offense in what is expected to be a defensive heavy class for them. They start to follow the trend introduced by the Dallas Cowboys a few years back as Miami has now gone offensive line in consecutive years after drafting Laremy Tunsil In 2016. Forrest Lamp is the top offensive linemen on my board, so not only do they get tremendous value here, they fill a major need at guard. Lamp offers versatility and can man the tackle position as well. This pick will get the next teams in-line heated as they were eyeing up a prized offensive linemen in a weak class.
Round 2 (Pick 54): Jordan Willis, EDGE, Kansas State
Despite extending Cameron Wake for 2 more years this past February, signing Andre Branch and trading for William Hayes, the Dolphins are a team that likes to stockpile their edge rushers. Addressing defensive end this early makes sense. With Wake at his regress point and most likely off the team after his new contract expires, the Dolphins will need someone waiting in the wings to take over. Not only does Wake only offer a couple more seasons, but Hayes will be a free agent after this season. Willis is an intriguing prospect who has gained a lot of stock since the Combine.
Round 3 (Pick 97): Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
Had it not been for a shoulder injury, Reeves-Maybin could’ve done as high as the 2nd round. Instead, the Dolphins are hoping they found a nice value pick here late in the 3rd. While they signed Lawrence Timmons to counter the departure of Jelani Jenkins, both Kiko Alonso and Koa Misi are set to hit the free agent market next year. Reeves-Maybin provides them with flexibility as he can play at both slots of the LB corps. Reeves-Maybin has the instincts, athletic ability and coverage skills to excel in Miami’s scheme – it’s all a matter of how he progresses off the shoulder injury.
MIA: 4th RD (#127)
DET: 5th RD (#166), 5th RD (#178)
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 7, 2017
Round 4 (Pick 127): Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami (FL)
With three 5th round picks to their disposal, the Dolphins decide to package a pair of 5ths in order to move up into the 4th round. Corner certainly is the more pressing need, but Miami is looking ahead to the future with this pick. Stopgap signing Nate Allen along with Michael Thomas both hit the free agent market next offseason. Rayshawn Jenkins provides their free safety of the future and will be able to learn and develop in a rotational role. He’s big, strong, fast and a difference maker in the backend with his hard hitting ability. Jenkins plays with a commanding, aggressive demeanor and will prove to be a perfect compliment to Reshad Jones at the safety positions.
Round 5 (Pick 184): Cole Luke, CB, Notre Dame
It took a little longer than they would’ve liked, but the Dolphins finally address corner here late in the 5th round. Cole Luke is an experienced corner after starting 3 years for the Fighting Irish. He fits the size/speed threshold that Miami covets, and is an all-around solid corner. He could add some depth for the time being and allow the Dolphins to address corner perhaps in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft after already addressing future needs.
Round 7 (Pick 223): Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon
After the abrupt retirement of Jordan Cameron, the Dolphins were forced to work a trade for Julius Thomas, and they followed that up by welcoming Anthony Fasano back for a reunion after signing him to a one-year deal. With Thomas’ production uncertain, and Fasano only signed for this season, they need some young depth, and a possible starter down the line. Pharaoh Brown has tremendous upside based on his 6’6”/255 frame matched with an astounding 35 5/8” arm length. Brown had his leg amputated in 2014, but after multiple surgeries he managed to get back on the football field in 2016. While he was noticeably a different player following the procedure, the Dolphins still like his upside and size, even if he ends up as a strict redzone weapon.