Most years I write a full first round mock draft the week of the NFL Draft. Taking time to consider what each team may do heading into the draft. This year this is simply not happening. Call it draft fatigue if you like.
This time I simply plan to look at some options for the Miami Dolphins in the first round and the alternative solutions if those players are not there.
Before I begin I would like to say under no circumstances do I believe the Dolphins should trade up for any player. This team has a number of holes along with a salary cap situation which begs for inexpensive young talent. The more draft picks the better not the fewer.
And we are off:
Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Elliot is an excellent runner. That is not what is most intriguing about him as a prospect. His pass blocking and receiving skills are what draw many to him as a prospect. The Dolphins would love to add him to the team but he is not the only option.
UCLA’s Paul Perkins and Florida’s Kelvin Taylor could easily compete for a starting spot while Keith Marshall from Georgia could surprise in the later rounds. At the same time if you simply want a change of pace back Daniel Lasco(Cal) and Tyler Ervin(San Jose St) would nicely fit the bill.
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Great hands, nice technique. Very disruptive player. Some are down on him because he is not a pure pass rusher. He will get decent sack numbers but what makes him great is his ability to disrupt. You can play him all over the line creating havoc everywhere he goes.
If you want pure pass rush Clemson’s Kevin Dodd or Shaq Lawson will get you those sacks. My personal pick is Penn State’s Anthony Zettel. First saw him as an attacking tackle a few years ago but he has also shown ability on the edge.
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Hargreaves is the best corner in the draft. Period. Great ball skills, play recognition and the physicality needed to provide run support. He excels at both press man coverage and while playing off the receiver. The only thing missing is another inch of height but he makes up for it with competitiveness and a 39 inch vertical.
Like with many other players in this list there are some other excellent options. William Jackson III(Houston) is probably the best of the other corners. Other options are Eli Apple(Ohio State), Artie Burns(Miami) and Jalen Mills(LSU). Another player I do like is Sean Davis from Maryland while he may project better at safety.
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Jack is a ridiculous athlete. He explodes into the play. The biggest concern is the medical check on his knee. If healthy he is the best defensive player in this draft. The question is will his knee affect his ability to play or the length of his career.
Joe Schobert(Wisconsin), Su’a Cravens(USC), Reggie Ragland(Alabama) and Tyler Matakevich(Temple) are all nice options. Nick Vigil(Utah State) brother of current Dolphins Zach Vigil would be a nice late round pick but my favorite of the group is Scooby.
Scooby Wright(Arizona) did not test well at the combine, not that many expected him to. Coming off an injury that cost him most of this last season it is not the numbers that should interest teams. Wright is simply a player. Great, not good but great, instincts. There is a reason he won the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski awards as a sophomore.
So Thursday night the Dolphins will add someone to the team, someone they hope will make an early impact. We all have our favorites but even if they do not take your player there are many other options throughout the draft.