By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)
Since my last mock draft, there have been a few significant developments.
The first was the signing of Knowshon Moreno, which could be an indication that Miami will not draft a running back, or at least not in the first three rounds.
The second is that according to the Ravens and Dolphins, it is a 2015 7th round draft pick that Miami owes Baltimore as part of the Bryant McKinnie deal, and not a 2014 selection as it had been reported.
The Miami Dolphins approach this draft with a full compliment of draft picks and very few weak spots on the roster.
With about $16 million left in cap space after Knowshon Moreno’s reported one year, $3 million deal, it is apparent that the team does not need to fill any holes in this draft and can draft the best available player as general manager Dennis Hickey had asserted.
With the 19th pick in the 1st round, the Miami Dolphins select:
C.J. Mosley, Middle Linebacker, Alabama
I am still intrigued by Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, at 6’5″ and 240 pounds, but Mosley might be the only middle linebacker that could upgrade our defense, while Benjamin may not even be the best available receiver at this point in the draft.
With the 18th pick in the 2nd round (50th overall) the Miami Dolphins select:
Carlos Hyde, Running Back, Ohio State University
The big, bruising running back would be a beast for Miami, especially on third down and short and at the goal line. Moreno would be the starter and Hyde would be the thunder to Lamar Miller’s lightning off the bench.