If the Cowboys take number one overall prospect DE Joey Bosa at four and the Giants address their linebacker need and take LB Myles Jack at 10, former Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott could fall into the Dolphins hands at thirteen. Elliott is a dynamic back and may be the best offensive player in the draft, and would be an immediate difference maker in Adam Gase’s new offense. With Lamar Miller signing with Houston and C.J. Anderson staying with Denver, Elliott would be a rare opportunity to draft the best player available and a desperate team need.
If Ezekiel Elliott, Myles Jack, and @Shaquille Lawson are already off the board, Miami could move back in the draft and acquire an additional second or third round pick without significantly downgrading their top pick. Despite this year’s quarterback draft not being considered particularly strong the Rams and the Eagles have already given up huge collections of picks to move up to take their quarterbacks. Miami could take advantage of the established high price tag to move up if Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg, or Connor Cookare high on the Jets, Bills, or Cardinals draft board and are still on the board at thirteen. Miami still has significant needs at guard, defensive end, and in the secondary and the addition of middle round picks could help build Miami’s roster moving forward more than one pick could at thirteen.
3. Knee Concerns Drop Myles Jack to 13
Before former UCLA Bruins linebacker/running back Myles Jack tore his ACL last year, Jack was on pace to be a consensus top five pick. The ACL tear may scare away teams from selecting Jack at the top of the first round, but in this day in age the surgery and rehab for ACL tears has come a long way from the career ender the injury used to be. The Miami Dolphins are in desperate need of an upgrade at the linebacker position, and Jack’s unique skillsets and toughness could be the new face of the Dolphins defense going forward. Jack arguably has the highest ceiling to be a star in the first round, and at thirteen he is well worth the risk.
4.Fill Need at Guard, Defensive End, and Secondary with Mid-Late Round Pick
Despite making significant moves through trades and free agency signings, entering the draft the Miami Dolphins have a lot of holes to fill in their roster across multiple positions. This actually allows the front office flexibility to draft players on a best-available basis, because they are targeting numerous positions. Especially at positions like guard and defensive end, quality starters can be found in the middle to late rounds, and if the Dolphins find even just one to two starters in the third to seventh round it could go a long way to bolster the roster. Players like Oregon State guard Isaac Seamalo, Northwestern cornerback Nick VanHoose, Appalachian State defensive end Ronald Blair, are all currently projected to be middle/late round picks could be the diamonds in the rough that the Dolphins desperately need.
5. Dolphins Take Second/ Third Round High Risk High Reward LB
Both former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, had their illustrious collegiate careers cut short by devastating injuries. The Miami Dolphins need to rebuild their linebacking corps and a second or third round pick is worth the risk of selecting Smith or Wright. Both players were dynamic leaders on the field and incredibly productive, and could help reshape the identity of the Miami defense.