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2017 Dolphins NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is what can make or break your season, and in some occasions an entire franchise. In recent years, The Dolphins have not drafted well. Coming off their first playoff appearance in eight years, this needs to be the year they turn the corner. This is my Dolphins NFL Mock Draft, and some players that would help them fill some needs. In addition, add depth at thin positions like defensive tackle and linebacker.

Team Needs: offensive guard, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, corner back

First Round (Pick #22) : Forrest Lamp – OL, Western Kentucky University

Lamp was a four-year starter at left tackle during his tenure at WKU. Since his length will likely force him inside at just 6’4″, he will be in immediate contention for a starting guard spot. Even though he’s coming from a smaller school, he excelled against the likes of Alamaba and LSU, teams with extremely talented defensive lines. He can line up at tackle, guard, or center if needed. This draft is being considered by many as a poor class on the offensive line. Miami would be wise to fill a need and also select the best offensive lineman available.

 

Second Round (Pick #54) : Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

While defensive tackle might seem like a bigger depth issue, end is an immediate need.  Cameron Wake isn’t getting any younger, and  Andre Branch is more of a run stuffing end. Kpassagnon is massive at 6’7″ and almost 300 pounds, he is a freak of nature. The natural pass-rush strength and moves are there. If he decides to add some weight, he could move inside to tackle.  In the last two years, he accumulated 31 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. He can learn under Cameron Wake and rotate with him his first year, polishing his pass rush moves.

 

Third Round (Pick #97) :  Chidobe Awuzie – DB, University of Colorado

This is a pick that makes sense for so many reasons. Miami plays a lot of nickel defense, and need to rotate their defensive backs to stay fresh. Awuzie is a sticky man-cover player who can play nickel or outside corner. He is a decent tackler, but compensates for it being a menace on special teams. Although Miami already has Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard starting, the depth isn’t that great. McCain and Lippett compete for nickelback but Awuzie would bring some depth to the position. The last two years at Colorado, he recorded seven sacks, hinting at his dangerous speed.

 

Fifth Round (Pick #166) : Alex Anzalone – LB, University of Florida

Anzalone is a disruptive linebacker who can play inside or outside, and is rangy despite being 240 pounds. On tape, he seems to always be in the right spot, and has tremendous football IQ. He could work on his zone coverage overall, and has some injury concerns.  He had a shoulder injury in 2014 and 2015 that held him from play most the year, then broke his arm in 2016 after racking up 40 tackles and 2.5 sacks. If  healthy, he can play behind Alonso and Timmons until he is ready to get significant playing time. This could be the sleeper of the draft if he develops correctly.

 

Fifth Round (Pick #178) :  Dalvin Tomlinson – DT – University of Albama

This is a pick that is contingent on Tomlinson being there in the fifth round.  He is a disruptive, bully of a defensive tackle. But a majority of analysts and scouts have wrote him off because of all the NFL talent around him at Alabama. While most of his production came off of stunts and unique pressures, he still possesses some good pass rusher moves on occasion. He wins with leverage, power, and technique, which is expected from any Alabama defender. Tomlinson can become a great third down rotational tackle. With some practice and NFL reps he could become a more complete tackle behind Phillips and Suh.

 

Fifth Round (Pick #184) : Montae Nicholson – Safety, Michigan state University

Gegtting someone to come in and add some competition to the free safety spot, this is a good pickup. Nicholson ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash and has solid range. He can play really well in a cover 2 shell type of scheme but i believe he will push Nate Allen and Walt Aikens for playing time if he can round out his tackling skills. Tends to tackle low or avoid big hits. He isn’t the most complete play maker, but has the chance to breakout given the right opportunity. If he can get a little more fluid in his straight-line and man to man coverage he could really be a special player.

 

Seventh Round (Pick #223) : Kyle Kalis – OL, University of Michigan

Kalis is a lineman who could be picked up earlier, but I think he will slip through to the seventh round. He is a good guard, and has above average technique. He is a little stiff but compensates with a great balance. Understands his assignments and can make the play if he is in the position to. Will be a nice depth addition to the offensive guard battle. He played at a high level at Michigan, winning all Big-Ten honors in 2015. At the very worst, he will end up as a reserve and can be a good scout team player.

 

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