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Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:07

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As fans and analysts have continued to make their own mock drafts, teams across the league have also been playing out possible scenarios that could occur over the next few days. Every pick has an associated effect on the next and so planning out many possibilities is used to try and lessen the surprise. Here, I lay out 7 possibilities for the Dolphins using several different philosophies and approaches to what could come of a most unpredictable process. 

 

Selection MOCK 1 MOCK 2 MOCK 3 MOCK 4 MOCK 5 MOCK 6 MOCK 7
19 LB 
CJ MOSLEY
WR 
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
DT 
RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN

HA’SEAN CLINTON-DIX
OT 
MORGAN MOSES

XAVIER SU’A-FILO
CB 
KYLE FULLER
50 OT 
BILLY TURNER
OT 
JACK MEWHORT
OT 
CAMERON FLEMING
OT 
JA’WUAN JAMES
DT 
DOMINIQUE EASLEY
DE 
MARCUS SMITH
OT 
JOEL BITONIO
81 CB 
PHILLIP GAINES
OLB 
KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS

TRAI TURNER
RB 
CHARLES SIMS
CB 
JAYLEN WATKINS
OLB 
TELVIN SMITH

TERRENCE BROOKS
116 RB 
DRI ARCHER
OLB 
JORDAN ZUMWALT
RB 
BISHOP SANKEY

WESLEY JOHNSON
WR 
SHAQ EVANS
QB 
DAVID FALES
DT 
DAQUAN JONES

 

Mock 1:

Here we see a mixture of BPA (Best Player Available) and need. Mosley, at 19, offers us a top ten player on our board at a position that we feel can be upgraded. After this selection we see a run on offensive lineman from Carolina at 28 to 48 and Baltimore. Luckily Billy Turner falls to 50; he may not be polished but he has the raw tools in a position of big need. We did have players with a better grade fall to 50, but as Billy is still rated highly, we don't consider him a reach. In the third round we revert back to best grade available and select corner back Philip Gaines. Last year saw the Dolphins utilizing every player on the reoster at secondary and Ganies adds another potential starter. Through the third and fourth round, as offensive weapons fly off the board, we grab a guy in Dri Archer that we have at this range value and who could be used as versatile tool in Lazor's offense. Additionally could add value with some special teams production. 

 

Mock 2:

Beckham adds a big need on the offensive side of the ball as an explosive player maker. As our Offensive Line board gets obliterated, we have one guy left on the board that we think can start day one and run to put the pick in for Mewhort. The next two selections allow us to attack a positional group in LB that we don’t like and we attack it back to back. Pierre-Louis will challenge and likely beat out Wheeler for Will Linebacker. Zumwalt has a harder battle to win, but we have built depth and a backup plan if we see no improvement from Ellerbe or have injuries at the position.

 

Mock 3:

The first two scenarios have us taking our highest graded player available. In this third one, we assume that the best avaiable would be Hageman. DT may not be a day one need, however it’s a rotational position and 40% of snaps from this versatile interior player would not be an unfair expectation. We see him as Stark's long-term replacement allowing multiple looks up front. Although fans may have a sour taste from Stanford tackles, we can get past that similarity and get a road grating RT in Fleming. We have seen Philbin's preference for bigger mauling type RTs and he delivers in that regard. The whole right side of the line gets a make-over with Trai Turner falling to 81. This pairing should make for an instant impact when running the ball to the right. That brings us to the fourth round pick in Sankey as we see another player we grade highly fall. Moreno is on a one year deal and Sankey brings elite vision and a versatiliy as an all-down back. In an ideal world, Sankey could have a Gio Bernard type impact on offense.

 

Mock 4:

Clinton-Dix falls to 19 and offers a perfect opportunity to not have to worry about the safety position for a long time. Not much has been invested in Delmas and with this selection could even go with some 4-2-5 looks with 3 safeties on the field. Finally, we have our dream scenario as Ju’Wuan James falls to 50. He is a RT - nothing more, nothing less, and that’s all we want. After the board falling our way to 50 we see a big run of offensive playmakers so we allow a “reach” pick for Sims. He offers a Forte-like weapon out of the backfield and can be flexed to the slot and run a full route tree. We head back to the run game with our fourth selection as we take athletic versatile lineman Wesley Johnson. Johnson comes in to battle Dallas Thomas at right guard and can play every spot along the line in a pinch.

 

Mock 5:

We reach for our guy Moses. Lazor wants his UVA right tackle back and we don’t seeing him getting past 28. With no offers on the table to drop down, we bite the bullet and take no risks. To make up for the lower upside pick at 19 we attack the pick at 50 by taking Easley. We see top 10 talent who unfortunately has had to deal with 2 ACL injuries. Easley came back strong after his first surgery and we are willing to take a risk/reward pick after playing it safe. We stay in Florida with the 81st selection after seeing a run on corners as we take another player we like in Watkins.  In the fourth round we take another risk in a raw prospect. We have Shaw Evan’s graded highly, but he is nowhere near as polished as the previous selections, he's a risk, but he could far outplay this draft position.

 

Mock 6:

In the scenario, we take the approach that the right tackle position is a battle between the recently-acquired Fox, who battled in Detroit last year before a week 1 injury, and our 3rd round pick from last, year Dallas Thomas. With this in mind, we select XSF to round out the right side of the line. Sua’Filo offers high character, athleticism, size, and a real passion for the game that jumps off his tape. His experience across the line he adds depth to a unit that generally only has 7 active players on game day. In round two, while not the biggest need, DE Marcus Smith is a huge talent. Having just seen a team win the Super Bowl with a deep pass rush rotation, there is power in having multiple players that can pressure the quarterback. Having a positive drug test at the combine, Telvin Smith falls to our third pick. We can’t pass on our highest graded player as Smith is an undersized Will backer with a nose for the ball who plays bigger than his size. We continue on best grade available and select quarterback David Fales. This move allows us to part ways with Matt Moore and his salary cap hit and brings in a smart player with great anticipation and ball placement. He doesn't have the biggest arm, but can make all the throws.

 

Mock 7:

Again, in this 7th scenraio, we go best grade available all the way down. Fuller is our top rated corner and we are more than happy to move forwards with Jamar Taylor, Will Davis and Fuller as our CB unit of the future. Bitonio falling to 50 works out perfectly as he can battle with Fox and Thomas at right tackle with second place sliding inside. Brooks falling to the third is too good pass up and we can have a nice competition between he and Delmas at camp. We round out this final scenario with defensive tackle DaQuan Jones. Making a strength even stronger and deeper doesn't hurt and allows for great value to start day 3 off.

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Oscar Hazell

Oscar Hazell was born in raised in London having been introduced to American football aged nine by a neighbour from Boston. This was during the terminal years of The London Monarchs of NFL Europe, where I got the chance to play both flag football and have never looked back since. Naturally my neighbour was a Patriots fan, I was very confident at the time (1997) that I would be on the winning side more often than not by supporting the Miami Dolphins. The rest is history, I’m sorry if I was at all to blame. The limited acess to the game in the UK made my fasination for it even stronger and elements such as the play design and the draft have fasinated me. I have been evaluating draft classes since 2011 and have a soft spot for flexion.

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