The Miami Dolphins have multiple holes to fill in next week's NFL Draft, with the main holes coming at the LB, CB, OG and RB positions. While I would not be surprised to see the team trade up or down as Mike Tannenbaum has so frequently done in the past, my mock is based off the assumption that they will pick in their original order. Let's get started.
The Philadelphia Eagles' jump to the 2nd overall pick makes Elliott more likely to drop to 13th overall for the Dolphins. I still think Elliott will probably go within the Top 10 of this year's draft, but if the NY Giants don't take him and he is available at 13th overall, there is no way the Dolphins pass on him. He is just too talented and too complete of a running back, and would make losing Lamar Miller something to forget. I like Jay Ajayi, but head coach Adam Gase has already said that he wants a 'stable' of backs. Who better to add to your stable than the workhorse Elliott himself?
Fuller would be a lock first round talent if he hadn't suffered a torn meniscus in his knee last season. He comes from a football family that has produced NFL successes like Kyle Fuller, currently with the Chicago Bears. Fuller has sound technique, can play press man coverage and can drop back into coverage off the receiver. He is an able tackler in the run game, and I bet he would start Day 1 opposite of Byron Maxwell. This pick makes too much sense. The Dolphins would get another first round talent, who should be able to come back from his injury and be ready to go for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.
The 'Fins take their second Buckeye with Perry, a 6-foot-4, 254 pound linebacker who led his team in tackles in 2014 en route to a National Championship. New DC Vance Joseph loves big physical linebackers, and while Perry does not have elite speed, he is in on every play with his anticipation and recognition of plays. He is an adequate defender in coverage, and should be able to compete for a starting job in a weaker Dolphins linebacker corps that includes Kiko Alonso, Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins.
Alexander is a four year starter, and has over 20 starts at both guard and tackle throughout his college career. While he played right tackle last year for LSU, Alexander projects best at Guard, where he uses his mean streak to pull in the run game and finish plays through the whistle. Alexander would undoubtedly be able to compete for a starting role among the Dolphins' worst position. Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas were complete liabilities for the Dolphins last season, and Alexander would give the Dolphins four potential starters in their first four picks.
The Dolphins turn yet again to another Ohio State player, Powell, who led the team in interceptions last season with 3. Powell is definitely a work in progress, as he may not have the skill set to face the best wide receivers in the league, but could learn from two of the better safeties in Louis Delmas and Reshad Jones.
The Dolphins had another interior lineman, this time the 2x Big-12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in Drango. While playing tackle in college, Drango will have to make the switch to Guard if he wants a role with an NFL team.
At 6 foot, 187 pounds, Crawley has NFL potential despite posting lower numbers in college (just 2 interceptions in his career). He needs to bulk up in order to match up against bigger receivers, but would be a nice addition to a secondary that lacks depth.