Mock Draft 1: Who Do the Dolphins Land in the First Round?

The NFL Draft is almost upon us. Next week, all 32 teams will convene in Chicago to select players who will determine the future of their franchises. Now, as the picture becomes more clear as to where each team could lean, we have decided to put together our first mock draft, predicting picks for each team in Round 1. 

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff (QB, Cal)

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The Los Angeles Rams made a blockbuster move to secure their franchise QB. While many believe Wentz has a higher ceiling, Goff is reported to be the team’s top choice (by Adam Schefter). With that being said, the team wouldn’t be wrong to pick either passer, but Goff appears to be a safer bet.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz (QB, NDSU)

The only reasonable explanation for the Eagles trading for the second pick is to target a quarterback. Carson Wentz has the most upside of any quarterback in this draft, and would be a great future option for new head coach Doug Pederson. He may take time to develop, but his potential warrants this move by Philadelphia.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

3. San Diego Chargers: Myles Jack (LB, UCLA)

Everyone else thinks the Chargers will go Ramsay with the 3rd pick, but Myles Jack is probably the most talented defensive player in the entire draft. He fills their desperate need for linebacker talent, giving the defense a front-seven cornerstone to pair with Pro Bowl CB Jason Verrett.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey (CB/S, FSU)

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(Photo: USA Today Sports)

The Dallas Cowboys could not expect Ramsey to fall to the 4th overall pick. Most expect him to go 3rd overall to the Chargers, but if he falls, he could help improve a Dallas’ secondary that has been regularly exploited over the last several seasons. Morris Claiborne did not pan out, so could Ramsey help the Cowboys’ defense as their future at safety/corner? The answer is almost certainly yes.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State)

The Jaguars did a wonderful job rebuilding the offense over the past few years, and they spent this offseason restocking on defense. With Malik Jackson, Prince Amukamara, and Tayshaun Gipson now in the fold, pairing Bosa across from last year’s first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. could be the next step.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil (OT, Ole Miss)

As many analysts predict, Laremy Tunsil, perhaps the most sure talent in the entire draft, could fall into the Ravens’ lap. This would be an absolute steal, as Tunsil represents a rare talent at one of football’s most important positions.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner (DL, Oregon)

The 49ers stop a fall for one of the draft’s top prospects. They would be incredibly lucky to have the chance to select the Oregon prospect, who is able to create disruption on the defensive line and could play either inside or on the edge in the NFL.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

8. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State)

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With Goff likely to go to the Rams, the Browns obviously valued the Eagles’ offer more than the potential addition of Carson Wentz. Ezekiel Elliott could plausibly be seen as the best player available here, and would give the offensive minded Hue Jackson a true workhorse running back. The former Bengals’ Offensive Coordinator has spoken highly of the newly acquired RGIII and seems willing to wait to target a quarterback in this draft. Elliott seems ready to be counted on as a three-down back immediately at the next level.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves (CB, UF)

Vernon Hargreaves is among the most polished prospects in the draft. He is undoubtedly one of the best cornerback prospects in years, and the Bucs would be wise to take him here in order to solidify a CB corps that includes two capable compliments in Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley (OT, Notre Dame)

The New York Giants have built their team on the line of scrimmage. They consistently draft linemen, and they could do so once again in an effort to keep Eli Manning upright. This would surely improve their passing game, which is the best chance for the Giants to find success considering the presence of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

11. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd (LB, Georgia)

Leonard Floyd has the talent to be a top-ten selection, but would benefit from falling to Chicago. While his college production is undoubtedly underwhelming, he has the tools to be the prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. One of the easiest ways to improve on defense is to increase pressure, and Floyd brings ample pass-rushing ability and some versatility to boot.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins (DL, Louisville)

The Saints are an absolute mess on defense, boasting the league’s worst unit in 2015. While picking the big man out of Louisville won’t fix everything, it’s certainly a start to improving the run-defense and the interior pass-rush.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

13. Miami Dolphins: Reggie Ragland (LB, Alabama)

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The Miami Dolphins would have benefited from Ezekiel Elliott or Vernon Hargreaves being available, but if the team stays put at #13, Ragland is the best option. He can instantly improve the run defense, and if the Dolphins want to take full advantage of Suh’s presence, they need linebackers who can exploit the blocking he is allocated by opponents. Ragland would instantly improve the run defense. A trade down could be in the cards here, but the Dolphins might be forced to stay in their current spot. If they do, Ragland could very well be the pick.

In our next mock draft, I believe this pick will change. Since this site is directed towards fans of the Dolphins, here are the other players I considered strongly in this spot: William Jackson III, Shaq Lawson, and Jack Conklin. I believe the team will be weighing similar options.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

14. Oakland Raiders: William Jackson III (CB, Houston)

Jackson is one of the rare cases of prospects who rises due to performances in pre-draft workouts, but who already had the tape to verify a selection this early. He may be slightly overlooked come draft day due to his level of competition in college, but seems likely to outperform expectations in the NFL. The Raiders have done well so far in improving their defense but could still use help in the secondary.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin (OL, Michigan State)

The Titans move back 14 picks and still get a capable tackle to pair with Taylor Lewan. In addition to stockpiling future draft assets like it’s the Cold War, they receive a talent that will improve Marcus Mariota’s ability to stay upright in the present.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

16. Detroit Lions: Shaq Lawson (DE, Clemson)

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(Photo: Campus Insiders)

The Lions desperately need help in the pass rush opposite Ziggy Ansah. They could improve at that position by selecting Lawson here, who many do not expect to make it past the early-teens. If he slides to 16th, the Lions should pull the trigger.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee (LB, Ohio State)

This could end up being one of the best fits in the first round. The Falcons need speed, playmaking ability, and versatility on defense and Darron Lee offers all of that and more. There are questions about his play strength, and they are warranted, but if you are Atlanta in this situation, you should make the obvious decision and worry about the rest later.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker (OL, Ohio State)

Decker is not a polished enough pass-protector to be a sure thing at left tackle, but with Anthony Castonzo as the franchise tackle, he doesn’t really have to be. Decker would be a sure upgrade for the Colts at either right tackle or right guard, and he would help stabilize the porous offensive line partially responsible for Andrew Luck’s recent injury issues.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

19. Buffalo Bills: Kevin Dodd (DE, Clemson)

Rex Ryan is one of the most creative coaches in the NFL in terms of defensive line rotations. This pick would allow him to fill the void left by Mario Williams, acquiring a long-armed pass rusher who fits his mold for defensive ends.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

20. New York Jets: Jarran Reed (DT, Alabama)

When have the Jets strayed away from drafting a defensive lineman? Despite his deficiencies in pass rushing, Jarran Reed is ready to contribute right away as an elite run stopper. New York lost defensive tackle Damon Harrison this offseason and, despite adding Steve McLendon to soften the blow, could afford to add more talent to the position.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

21. Washington Redskins: Andrew Billings (NT, Baylor)

Andrew Billings is probably the best pure nose tackle in the draft, and the Redskins could certainly use him now that “Pot Roast” Knighton is gone. He’d be able to start immediately and would be a good scheme fit for the Redskins’ 3-4 defense.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman (WR, Baylor)

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The Texans can help improve the position opposite DeAndre Hopkins, and will make a move towards rebuilding a receiving corps that was highly one dimensional in 2016. The team could go with a defensive player, but combining Coleman with Hopkins and Jaelen Strong would be very intimidating for opposing defenses.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson (WR, TCU)

Stephon Diggs was one of the league’s best stories last season, but if the Vikings’ playoff experience told us anything it is that they still have a long way to go in improving their offense. They need to surround Teddy Bridgewater with as many weapons as possible to take some pressure off of AP, and Doctson could be the big-play receiver that Mike Wallace failed to be in Minnesota.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)

Personally, I don’t expect Treadwell to fall this far, but in this scenario, teams decide to take the guys with higher “upside,” AKA the guys that run a little faster. In Treadwell, the Bengals would be receiving one of the best players available to pair with A.J. Green.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mackensie Alexander (CB, Clemson)

The Steelers have struggled in their secondary in recent seasons. Gone are the days of Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark. Pittsburgh can begin the process of reconstructing their pass defense by drafting Mackensie Alexander.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

26. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi (OT, Texas A&M)

The offensive line performance in Seattle was consistently some of the worst in the league, and that is worrisome for a team that hopes to pair an elite offense with their already elite defense. Germain Ifedi may not be a finished product, but he carries a ton of upside at offensive tackle. Pete Carroll & company have never been afraid of developing these types of players.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

27. Green Bay Packers: Hunter Henry (TE, Arkansas)

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(Photo: Arkansas Razorbacks)

I could also see a DT or LB go here, but Henry would provide Aaron Rodgers the reliable TE he needs. Jared Cook is not the answer in the long-term, and Henry is the most complete TE to come out of the draft in years.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Eli Apple (CB, Ohio State)

The Kansas City Chiefs need a corner to replace Sean Smith, who departed in free agency. They fill that void by drafting Apple, who could develop opposite Marcus Peters.

Pick by Max Himmelrich

29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche (DT, Ole Miss)

Arizona doesn’t have many clear needs, and should simply be focused on adding more talent to an already loaded roster. Nkemdiche would be off the board much earlier if it weren’t for his well-documented off-the-field concerns. While Robert Nkemdiche’s quickness to throw teammate Laremy Tunsil under the bus at the NFL Combine is a very real reason for worry, the Cardinals are in prime position to take the risk at this point in the first round. He would be an exciting addition to a quickly aging defensive line.

Pick by Ryan Romaine

30. Carolina Panthers: Noah Spence (DE, Eastern Kentucky)

The Panthers defense could use an infusion of pass-rush talent, as Jared Allen was simply the team’s stopgap option. Spence has shown immense potential in that area, and I think his character concerns are a little overblown.

Pick by Jacob Berkowitz

31. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch (QB, Memphis)

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In this situation the Bills and Jets both opt for defensive plays, which causes Lynch to fall to the Broncos. This would be a dream scenario for the Broncos and, while very unlikely, would give them a quarterback to build around. With a low amount of pressure placed on Lynch, thanks to the team’s stellar defense, he could develop his skills while still receiving a starter’s quantity of reps.

Pick by Max Himmelrich


The Deep End Miami will be releasing a second mock draft during the days leading up to the beginning of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned for updates & more predictions.

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