The 2019 NFL Draft is only two days away so it’s a good time for my final Miami Dolphins mock draft. Things have changed since my last mock, and that will be reflected in this 2.0.
The Miami Dolphins currently hold seven picks in the 2019 NFL Draft and they need to make the most out of each. Using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine, I made selections as if I were the Dolphins general manager on Thursday night. As I stated in my previous mock, there are plenty of holes that the team will need to fill.
Every selection will be critical for Miami if they want to get this rebuild on the right track. The strength of this draft is in the trenches. Quality offensive and defensive linemen will be available in almost every round of this draft, which bodes well for a Dolphins team who lacks in both areas.
Round 1 (Pick 13): Brian Burns | EDGE | Florida State University
My top choice for Miami, if they stay put at 13, will always be Ed Oliver. However, if the Houston star isn’t available, Brian Burns would be a great consolation. Burns was an offensive tackle nightmare during his time in Tallahassee, wracking up 23 sacks in his three seasons.
Miami currently has a dire need for pass rushers after letting Cameron Wake walk in free agency and trading Robert Quinn to the Dallas Cowboys. Right now, third-year player Charles Harris is the team’s most tenured defensive end. Burns would come in and be an immediate starter on one side of the defensive line.
Round 2 (Pick 48): Chris Lindstrom | Offensive guard | Boston College
The Dolphins have had a revolving door at the guard position for more than a decade. Chris Lindstrom, in my opinion, is the best guard in this year’s draft. Like Burns, I think Lindstrom could come in and immediately be penned as the day-one starter at left guard.
Pairing Lindstrom with Laremy Tunsil would keep the left side of Miami’s offensive line secure as long as they could keep the two under contract. With Miami needing to find a franchise quarterback in this year’s draft or next, it would be wise to build the offensive line for whoever that may be. Selecting Lindstrom would be a big step in the right direction.
Round 3 (Pick 78): David Edwards | Offensive tackle | Wisconsin
As stated above, Miami needs offensive lineman. The unit was set at tackle at least until Ja’Wuan James signed with the Denver Broncos at the opening of free agency. Miami decided not to get into a bidding war for their former first-round pick and instead created a new hole on the line.
David Edwards is a former option QB and basketball player with great athleticism for a big guy. At a minimum, he would compete for the starting right tackle job in training camp. Just like Lindstrom, it would be wise for Miami to get young talent infused into the offensive line with a young QB running the show soon.
Round 4 (Pick 116): Gerald Willis III | Defensive tackle | Miami
These first four picks might not make fans who love fast guys who score touchdowns happy, but they are necessary. Miami finished 31st last year in rushing yards allowed. Although players like Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor have flashed on the interior of the defensive line, Miami needs more.
Gerald Willis III played locally for the Miami Hurricanes and was a fan favorite for his knack for finding ball carriers in the backfield. Willis finished 2nd in the ACC behind only Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell in tackles for loss with 18. In a division with running backs like LeSean McCoy and Le’Veon Bell, Miami will need to focus on stopping the run at least four times a year.
Round 5 (Pick 151): Brett Rypien | Quarterback | Boise St.
Finally, we get to the touchdown scorers! The Dolphins just traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans after an unproductive seven seasons in Miami. Many people (including myself) expect Miami to pass on drafting a quarterback high in this draft and instead wait until 2020.
In comes Brett Rypien, in the fifth round, no one blinks an eye at a QB selection. He’ll have no expectations except to make the 53 man roster at least. Rypien has all the traits needed to be a successful QB in the NFL. With Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster, Rypien won’t need to come in and be an immediate savior. He would benefit greatly from sitting and learning under Fitzpatrick for a year, and if Miami isn’t in a position to take a QB high in 2020, he could get his shot.
For an in-depth scouting report on Rypien check out PFN’s own Shane Tyler’s article on the QB.
Round 6 (Pick 233): Jalen Hurd | Wide receiver | Baylor
Miami resigned DeVante Parker this year to what is essentially a one-year prove it deal. Parker was supposed to be the big, physical receiver who was able to go up and get every 50-50 ball thrown his way. Unfortunately, this hasn’t panned out for many reasons. With this in mind, the Dolphins should be looking for a potential replacement for if/when Parker gets hurt this year.
Jalen Hurd was a top-10 recruit coming out of high school and was the top-ranked running back in his class. He led the Tennessee Volunteers in rushing in his first two seasons and also flashed potential as a pass catcher. After transferring to Baylor and sitting out a year, he returned in 2018 as a wide receiver and caught 69 passes for over 900 yards and four touchdowns.
He has elite size for a wide receiver at 6-5 and can run past any defender. He’ll need a year or possibly two to develop into a fine-tuned receiver in the NFL, but his potential could be through the roof.
Round 7 (Pick 234): Bryce Love | Running back | Stanford
In 2017 Bryce Love was a Heisman finalist and sure-fire first-round draft pick. He decided to stay in school and struggled with injuries for the entire year in 2018. Out of his four years in Stanford, only one was out of the ordinary. But if by some chance a team gets some of that production on an NFL field as a seventh-round draft pick, they would have an elite ball carrier who puts fear in opposing defenses.