By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)
The Senior Bowl has come and gone and so has the NFL Combine. As a direct result of the physical and mental evaluations, which are part of this process, players entering the draft will start to move up or down the rankings. The Combine, more so than the Senior Bowl, exposes players who may be affected by nagging injuries.
This year was not no different and the most notable disappointment for me, was finding out about the left tackle from Alabama I had been raving about, Cyrus Kuoandjio, and his arthritic knee. Kounandjio, will undergo further medical evaluation in April which will further determine his position in the draft but for now at least, I have gone in a different direction with the Dolphins’ first pick at #19. The free agent signing period will start on March 11th and consequently, my selections, at this point are based on the notion that the Dolphins will not sign any potential starters from the FA market.
Most mock draft authors, will pick a player per draft selection, but in the years I have been putting together a mock draft of my own, I have chosen to have alternate selections for each pick. Instead of a mock draft, my picks are more focused on the process of the selection itself. There are also several approaches a team may take when making their selections as most of us know. But instead of taking a best player available route, just because the Dolphins have such obvious needs, I am going with the hybrid concept of best player available for the positions of need.
Ideal Scenario (But Not Going to Happen)
|RD 1||Taylor Lewan||OT|
|RD 2||Jack Mewhort||OT/OG|
|RD 3||DaQuan Jones||DT|
|RD 4||Jaylen Watkins||CB|
|RD 5||*Brandon Coleman||WR|
|RD 6||Brandon Linder||OG|
|RD 7||Deandre Coleman||DT|