It’s time to talk draft Miami Dolphins fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 22, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
The Dolphins are another team hoping to catch magic in a bottle. They have hired New England’s DC Brian Flores as their new head coach. Flores, let’s face it, did an amazing job shutting down an explosive LA Rams team in Super Bowl LIII. Flores brings with him Chad O’Shea, long-time Pats WR coach, to be his OC. The new DC will be Patrick Graham, most recently GB linebackers coach, but Graham once worked with Flores in New England.
2019 draft picks
The Dolphins have no Compensatory Pick.
- Defensive Tackle
- Defensive End
- Offensive Line
With a new coaching staff in place, there are a lot of questions. Will this be a “rebuild” season for the Dolphins? The answer appears to be a solid “Yes.” They’ve traded starting QB Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee. They signed former Tampa Bay QB Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick to a two-year $11 million deal that could boost to between $17-20 million with incentives, according to ESPN.
The way the roster stands today, they need help up and down the offensive line. They could use a running back, and most definitely a quarterback. They did bring Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins in for private workouts. They might be the team that drafts Andy Isabella, out of UMass, in hopes of turning him into the new Julian Edelman, who came of out Kent State.
Defensively, they weren’t very good all around. They need run-stoppers, pass rushers, athletic linebackers, and upgraded in the secondary. Since this is a largely Belichick-mentored coaching staff, don’t be surprised if Miami continually trades down to acquire additional picks.
Prospects to watch
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Lawrence could be used like Vince Wolfork, a huge run-stuffing NT. And since Miami finished toward the bottom of the league in overall defense, forcing teams into 3-and-long seems like a good way to start to improve. Lawrence was a Coaches first-team All-American. Look for him to put up some eye-popping numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
Isabella was a Consensus All-American and Biletnikoff finalist in 2018. He is a quick-twitch player, perfect for the slot, but, he’s far more than just a small slot receiver. Isabella caught 101 passes for 1,696 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 705 yards on deep passes (20 yards or more), good for second in the nation. He also showed himself to be one of the most sure-handed receivers in the nation, dropping just five of his 106 catchable attempts. Isabella has said, he expects to run in the 4.3’s at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Trey Pipkins, OL, Sioux Falls
At 6-7, 309, Pipkins certainly looks the part. He showed well at the East-West Shrine Game, winning virtually every repetition throughout the week. Granted Pipkins played at Div II Sioux Falls, but still his numbers are gaudy: 234.5 knockdowns in 43 career starts, allowing just one sack this year and two in his career. He was also an Academic All-NSIC performer in 2017.
Cain Boschee, CB, Dickinson State
Boschee finished his career at Dickinson State with 24 INTs, seven of which he returned for touchdowns. He has tremendous ball skills, speed, leadership, and a great feel for the game. Because of the level of competition, a NAIA player usually ends up being an UDFA, but Boschee has enough desirable traits to be projected as a late-late-round selection.
Players to Watch: S Corrion Ballard, Utah; OG Venzell Boulware, Miami; WR Johnny Dixon, Ohio State; CB Ka’dar Hollman, Toledo; TE Kahale Warring, San Diego State.
General Manager: Stephen M. Ross | Head Coach: Brian Flores | Offensive Coordinator: Chad O’Shea | Defensive Coordinator: Patrick Graham
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB | R2 Mike Gesicki TE
2017: R1 Charles Harris DE | R2 Raekwon McMillan LB
2016: R1 Laremy Tunsil OT | R2 Xavien Howard CB
2015: R1 DeVante Parker WR |
R2 Jordan Phillips DT