This week the NFL holds its annual draft, this time in Chicago. Starting Thursday, April 30th all 32 teams will begin building the future of their franchises.
Months of film study, testing and debating go into choosing these draft picks. No picks are more highly debated than the first round pick.
Taking a look at the Miami Dolphins these are my 1st round options. This is where I would go not necessarily what I think the team will do. I also decided to include a backup plan for each player. Lets get started.
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, 6’1, 220 lbs
I have been on Gurley since last September. He is not simply the best running back in this draft. He is one of the best, most complete backs in years. He has the power to move the pile, the speed to reach the corner and the body control to create the big plays. Even more importantly he is a talented and willing blocker with hands to excel in the passing game.
Back-up Plan: Tyler Varga, RB, Yale, 5’11, 220 lbs
Varga is a versatile back that should be available in the late rounds. He could contribute quickly for whatever team takes him.
Erik Kendricks, ILB, UCLA, 6’0, 230 lbs
Middle linebacker has been a need since Zach Thomas left Miami. Kendricks could solidify the position for the next decade. Great instincts, nice speed. Kendricks would pair well with Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi to make the linebacking corps a strength of this defense. While some question his size for me he hits right in the sweet spot of what I look for in linebackers.
Back-up Plan: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson, 6’3, 243 lbs
Anthony runs like a deer with good, not great instincts. He is still a little raw but could be a diamond. Should not get past the third round.
Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF, 6’2, 212 lbs
Perriman has been flying up everyone’s draft boards in part because of a 4.2 40-time. While a little raw, Perriman is not just about speed. He has better than advertised hands and big play ability. If he came from a bigger school he would be talked about in the top-3. He gives the Dolphins a solid number one receiver in the next few seasons.
Back-up Plan: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia, 6’2, 213 lbs
Conley brings an 18.2 yards per catch average to the table. Great quickness and nice hands. Can be a very nice deep threat if given the chance.
Any of these players work for me in the first round, the back-up plans would help tremendously later in the draft. What the Dolphins actually do is anyone guess?
This is an exciting time. Cannot wait for the draft.