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Miami Dolphins: 7 Round Mock Draft

Free agency shopping is just about finished, the Miami Dolphins have turned their attention from signing and resigning their own veterans to prepping for the NFL Draft.

After finishing 10-6 last season and making the playoffs, Miami looks to continue to build on their new-found winning culture led by coach Adam Gase, so they may potentially return to playoffs in 2018.

So, with the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select:

Round 1 – Pick 22: Taco Charlton/ DE/ Michigan

Taco Charlton

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Reason: The Miami Dolphins need a guard or a linebacker, but hear this out – Miami helped their defensive end unit by resigning Andre Branch, extending Cameron Wake and trading for William Hayes this offseason but Wake is 35-years-old and Hayes is only signed for one season. So, Miami takes Charlton here – who is a top-five edge rusher in this year’s draft. He can play in rotation with either Wake or Branch in 2017, while the Dolphins groom him to replace the former down the line.

Round 2 – Pick 54: Obi Melifonwu/ FS/ Connecticut

Obi Melifonwu

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Reason: Melifonwu is a rising prospect in this year’s draft after his stellar performance at the combine and could be off the board at this point, but if he is still available by Miami’s 54th selection – they should race to the podium with their draft card and make him their pick. He was a four-year starter at Connecticut and was a solid performer for the Huskies. He should be able to push newly signed Dolphins safety Nate Allen for the starting job this year and start alongside pro bowler Reshad Jones for the years to come.

Round 3 – Pick 97: Ethan Pocic/ OL/ LSU

Ethan Pocic

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Reason: It is no secret that Miami needs help on their offensive line, they need a starting guard and depth – this pick takes care of both of those issues. Pocic has played every position along the offensive line, most recently center for the Louisiana State University Tigers.

He helped block for the number one running back in this year’s draft class; Leonard Fournette, and could do the same for the Dolphins top back Jay Ajayi. For Miami, he can play at the guard position and at the same time provide insurance for center Mike Pouncey – who can’t seem to stay on the field due to health and or Miami moves on from Pouncey in the coming years.

Round 5 – Pick 166: Elijah Lee/ ILB/ Kansas State

Elijah Lee

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Reason: A productive player in his final year for the Wildcats with 110 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He is a good coverage linebacker with loads of potential and can take over for current projected starter linebacker Koa Misi in year one or two for Miami.

Round 5 – Pick 178: Jarron Jones/ DT/ Notre Dame

Jarron Jones

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Reason: The Dolphins continue to help their defensive line with this selection. Jones has the talent to be a late day one or day two selection but with the concerns of his character and taking plays off may push him down some draft boards and into Miami’s laps in Round 5. The Dolphins are no strangers to taking defensive tackles with similar issues, as they took Jordan Phillips in the second round a few years back.

Round 5 – Pick 184: Collin Buchanan/ OT/ Miami (OH)

Colin Buchanan

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Reason: Miami adds more depth to their offensive line selecting Buchanan, who is suited more to play right tackle in the pros.

Round 7 – Pick 223: Bryan Cox/ DE/ Florida

Bryan Cox

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Reason: With the pending release of draft bust Dion Jordan, the Dolphins select Cox here for depth. Cox showed flashes at Florida and can turn into a strong rotational player for Miami in the coming years. He is also the son of former Dolphin linebacker Bryan Cox Sr.

 

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Robert Melendez
I attended Full Sail University and have covered the Miami Dolphins for multiple websites. I now cover them for Real Sports Entertainment Network!

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