The Dolphins have a horribly inept offensive line that hasn't given Jay Cutler much of a chance. Part of that is Mike Pouncey needing hip surgery and Laremy Tunsil adjusting poorly to left tackle, but the guard play has been anemic, and that needs to change.
Pick change; previously Ken Webster, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 15
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
The Dolphins could add another offensive weapon. Addressing tight end makes sense, as I don't have much hope for Julius Thomas.
Rd. 3, Pk. 14
Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas
Miami has a poor linebacking corps that is relying on Lawrence Timmons. That obviously needs to change.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Charles Harris, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Missouri
I think Miami wants to find an edge rusher most of all, and Harris would be a fit for the organization as a speed rusher who also has great football character. The Dolphins also could use a linebacker upgrade, so if Harris off the board, I think Jarrad Davis is their Plan B. Miami wants smart defenders with great football character, and both Harris and Davis fit those criteria perfectly.
Harris started off the 2016 season with underwhelming performances against West Virginia and Eastern Michigan, totaling five tackles in those games. However, he exploded versus Georgia with three sacks and seven tackles. In November, Harris grew red hot, racking up 4.5 sacks over two games. He totaled 61 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, two passes batted and two forced fumbles on the year.
Harris is a speedy edge rusher who broke out in 2015 with 56 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and notched two sacks. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Harris is a fast edge rusher who puts a lot of heat on the quarterback. He is very similar to Vic Beasley and Shane Ray.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
The Dolphins could use some young talent at cornerback, plus Mike Tannenbaum loves to draft corners early. Miami has hosted Tankersley, and he could compete quickly.
Tankersley recorded 47 tackles, four interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder has the size and coverage skills to be an first-rounder. In 2015, Tankersley was part of a tough cornerback duo for Clemson with Mackensie Alexander, showing impressive ball skills by racking up five interceptions and nine passes broken up. Tankersley also had 48 tackles.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
The Dolphins signed T.J. McDonald and Nate Allen to 1-year contracts, but Allen may not even make the team. Miami could use another long-term safety to pair with Reshad Jones and has shown interest in Evans.
In 2016, Evans notched 87 tackles with eight passes broken up and four interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder created a real buzz with his Week 1 game against UCLA, and there was talk that he could be a first-round pick. In that game, he made eight tackles and two interceptions. Evans totaled 78 tackles with three pass breakups and one interception in 2015. Sources say that Evans has nice feel and awareness. They think he is a good hitter and tackler, but a little tight and more of a strong safety type for the NFL.
The Dolphins are another team I think will be worst off than people think. Cutler to me is less of a talent than Tannehill and has better mobility that helps behind a terrible o-line. This offensive line is so bad I cannot see Cutler making it through all 16 games and when that happens this team will be left for dead.
Their guards are a huge weak spot for the Dolphins where aging Jermon Bushrod and Anthony Steen are the penciled in starters. Nelson is a talented blocker who would have been a first rounder last year. Another year of solid tape will just have him locked as a first rounder.
Miami grabs a No. 1 corner for its defense. The Dolphins could use a third corner to go with Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley. <br> <br>
McFadden has totaled 10 tackles and five passes broken up across Florida State's 2017. Overall, he has played well, but was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Miami in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. McFadden was up and down in 2016, too, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes last season, he looked great but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight as part of that was because he had a lot of opportunities as teams targeted him. He also recorded 20 tackles and six passes broken up. <br> <br>
McFadden is a huge press-man corner. He is a similar prospect with similar strengths and weaknesses to David Amerson. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with upside to improve his consistency as a junior in 2017.
First, this mock should speak to how bad the bottom of the pile in the AFC is this year; two teams which should be competing for playoff spots in Indianapolis and Miami are currently struggling due to QB issues and poor roster composition. As far as where Miami can go from here, I believe addressing the secondary is their easiest fix, as they're not going to replace Tannehill just yet. Although I've seen most list Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety, some evaluators believe he could play corner; I actually think it wouldn't matter which position the Dolphins want him in, as they could use both. Having a dynamic defensive back at either slot could be a coup for a Miami team in need of some help in passing defense for 2018.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/25): Sidney Jones, CB </i>
The Dolphins could use some young play-making for their offense.
Thus far during 2016, Jefferson has 57 tackles with 4.5 sacks and two passes broken up. The numbers don't illustrate how good of a linebacker he is. <br> <br>
Jefferson (6-3, 238) was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackle with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble. Jefferson had a bigger presence than the stats illustrate. <br> <br>
Jefferson possesses a nice combination of size and speed. He has a ton of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he is in store for some massive seasons with Texas. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Marshon Lattimore, CB </i> </u>
Besides Ndamukong Suh, I don't really see a lot of difference makers on the defensive line besides Charles Harris on the edge. Wilkins is a rare athlete for a guy his size. He has the power and explosiveness to wreak havoc in the backfield, too.