2024 Miami Dolphins Mock Draft: Laiatu Latu, Christian Haynes Give Chris Grier Much-Needed Pass Rush, OL Help Early

Our latest Miami Dolphins 2024 NFL Mock Draft is live, and in it, Chris Grier lands arguably the NFL Draft's best edge defender and some OL help.

For the first time in three years, the Miami Dolphins have a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. General manager Chris Grier actually uses it on a premium position in our latest Miami Dolphins 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Miami Dolphins 2024 NFL Draft Picks

The Dolphins own just six draft picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Dolphins dealt a 2024 fourth-round pick to the Denver Broncos as part of the Bradley Chubb deal and forfeited a third-round pick in the fallout of suspected tampering with Sean Payton and Tom Brady.

Miami also owns a second sixth-round pick from the Dan Feeney trade with Chicago.

  • Round 1, Pick 21: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
  • Round 2, Pick 55: Christian Haynes, G, UConn
  • Round 5, Pick 157: Renardo Green, CB, Florida State
  • Round 6, Pick 186: Caedan Wallace, OT, Penn State
  • Round 6, Pick 200: Justin Rogers, DT, Auburn
  • Round 7, Pick 239: Ryan Flournoy, WR, SE Missouri State

Dolphins 7-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 21: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Last week, Grier declined to answer when asked if Jaelan Phillips (Achilles) and Bradley Chubb (ACL) would be ready for the start of the regular season, but it sure sounded like they’re considering contingencies.

“I will say they’re both in the building attacking it every day,” Grier said of Phillips and Chubb. “It’s been good to see those guys support each other and working through it, as well as all our other injured guys. We had a number of guys.

“Of course, it makes it challenging because now we have to have guys ready to go at the start of training camp. The timing of the injuries were later [in the season] but they’re working hard and hopefully we’ll get them back at some point there.”

Translation: The Dolphins need to add at least one, and probably multiple, pass rushers to their roster this spring, particularly with Andrew Van Ginkel hitting free agency.

Landing Laiatu Latu — even with his injury history — would be a humongous help. The 6’5″, 260-pound EDGE had 23.5 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in his final two seasons with the UCLA Bruins, winning the Lombardi and Ted Hendricks awards in 2023.

Round 2, Pick 55: Christian Haynes, G, UConn

Certainly, there is some risk involved for the Dolphins taking any position other than offensive line in Round 1. As of last week, Austin Jackson was the only 2023 Dolphins starter guaranteed back in 2024, but considering the depth of this year’s offensive line class, Grier probably can get away with it.

PFN’s NFL Draft Analyst Ian Cummings believes Christian Haynes deserves to be in the conversation for best pure guard prospect in the entire draft.

The 6’2″, 318-pound redshirt senior started 49 straight games and was a third-team CFN All-American.

Haynes “has a utopian combination of natural leverage, mass, and proportional length. Extremely explosive, energized mover off the snap, who gains ground with ease,” Cummings wrote.

Round 5, Pick 157: Renardo Green, CB, Florida State

The Dolphins’ recent decision to cut Xavien Howard makes for a lean cornerback room six months before the season. Expect that to change in a big way in the coming weeks.

The Dolphins will use all means at their disposal — draft, free agency, and trade — to get Jalen Ramsey some help this fall. At 5’11” and 187 pounds, Renardo Green probably ultimately projects as a nickel corner, but his athleticism would put him into the mix to contribute on special teams right away.

Round 6, Pick 186: Caedan Wallace, OT, Penn State

More offensive line help comes in Day 3 from Caedan Wallace, who was Penn State’s “other” offensive tackle in 2023.

Olu Fashanu rightfully got all the attention in Happy Valley, but don’t sleep on Wallace, who is a 6’5″, 341-pound people mover.

Wallace might be a better fit as a guard at the NFL level, and his strong fundamentals and high motor should mesh well with Butch Barry’s style.

Round 6, Pick 200: Justin Rogers, DT, Auburn

You can’t fill every need in the draft, and we expect that if the Dolphins lose Christian Wilkins, they will have a Plan B already in place long before late April.

But the Dolphins need multiple bodies on the interior of the defensive line, and Justin Rogers — a 6’2″, 330-pound trench brawler — is worth a late-round flier.

Round 7, Pick 239: Ryan Flournoy, WR, SE Missouri State

The seventh round is for lotto tickets, and Ryan Flournoy of the Football Championship Subdivision fits the bill. Flournoy has had a helpful pre-draft process, acquitting himself well at the Senior Bowl before clocking a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine while measuring in at 6’1″ and 202 pounds.

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