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Penultimate Draft: Dolphins Edition

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Penultimate Draft: Dolphins Edition
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The draft is officially less than a month away and with the pro days for the most part over, pre-draft visits are all that is left before everyone happens in Chicago.

1st) Dorial Green-Beckham WR from Oklahoma/Missouri

The Dolphins revamped their receiving corp with right now they have Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills as their starting two. Landry is a good slot receiver and Stills is a solid #2 WR but they currently lack that #1 guy who can take over a game. Beckham is huge at 6’5ish 237 and despite that also has the speed to be a deep threat. The most talented receiver in this class, there are times DGB is nearly uncoverable and the QB would just throw it up and DGB would catch it. He did have some off the field issues at Missouri which caused him to be kicked out but the past year at Oklahoma nothing has come out which means he might have matured. He’s still a work in progress as a route runner but his size creates a mismatch the Fins lack. Drafting DGB would automatically make them far better in the redzone.

2nd) AJ Cann OG from South Carolina

The Left Guard position could use an upgrade and Cann is the best true guard in this draft. Cann is solid in pass protection and run blocking and is an immediate starter from day one. Cann is the final piece to the offensive line puzzle who will help open up running lanes as well as protect Ryan Tannehill.

4th) Senquez Golson CB from Ole Miss

Finnegan is gone and the Dolphins could use another CB. Golson forced a lot of turnovers in 2014 but the biggest thing hurting him is his size (5’9 176). He played primarily in zone at Ole Miss but has the ability to play man in the NFL. He might end up being a nickel CB right away but he could end up being a solid #2 as long as they don’t have him covering 6’4 or 6’5 guys.

5th) Jake Ryan LB from Michigan

Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbee are gone and another LB might be needed. Ryan is a flexible LB in that he could play ILB or SLB if needed. Very solid against the run he is still a work in progress in pass coverage. Might not be an immediate starter but could develop into a starting MLB by year 2.

5th) Tyrus Thompson OT from Oklahoma

Thompson was a part-time starter at Oklahoma and could play either tackle spot. Good size at 6’5 324 but has trouble using his entire strength. Would ideally be a backup tackle at first, he could probably come in as an injury replacement but probably will never be a full time starter.

6th) Wes Saxton TE from South Alabama

Big Play Clay is gone and  while Jordan Cameron replaced him, Cameron is one hit away from retirement. Saxton is very similar to Clay coming out of college and is a Joker Tight End who can line up everyone across the field. He has very good speed but is still raw as a tight end. Probably not a significant contributor in year one but in year two could be the Tight End that they can move across the field if Cameron doesn’t work out. Also never hurts to have depth.

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