As Week 17 quickly approaches and the Dolphins’ 2015 season comes to a disheartening end, do not cry, as the time to move on is now. The New Year is upon you. Listed below are the first 10 picks in the 2016 draft (due to Miami’s 6th projected draft spot).
Pack your bags, and leave the flip-flops at home Floridians, because from April 28th-30th, Miami is headed to the 2016 NFL Draft.
Miami Dolphins Biggest Draft Needs – OL, CB, LB, S
1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Last year, the Titans drafted their Quarterback of the future Marcus Mariota. This year they draft the person to protect that future (An Offensive Terminator). Tunsil is easily one of the most talented players in the 2016 draft, and the Titans have a need for offensive line help after giving up 50 sacks last season. I will stick by this pick until April. The Tennessee Titans need Laremy Tunsil.
2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Sorry about your luck Johnny, but your time in Ohio seems to be coming to an end. (Ain’t no party like a 4-Loko party). Jared Goff had an excellent junior year completing 64% of his passes, throwing for 4,252 yards, 37 TDs, and 13 INTs. Goff is mobile, has a great pocket presence and his strong arm, and accuracy will be tremendously beneficial for a team like the Cleveland Browns. Could 2016 finally be the end of the QB crisis in Cleveland?
*Goff ended his career at Cal on a high, throwing for 467 yards and six TDs in the Armed Forces Bowl.
3. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Talk about the best of both worlds. The Chargers not only won what may be the final game at Qualcomm Stadium, but with Cleveland going QB at 2, the Chargers will obtain the player they wanted after forfeiting the second pick. Win-win.
Bosa led the nation in both pass-rushing grades and also run stopping. With a young core of players like Denzel Perryman and Manti Te’o, the Chargers are building a defense that will be successful long into the future.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Cowboys seem like a team who may make a play on Johnny Manziel this offseason, and Romo still has gas in the tank, so I doubt the Cowboys draft a QB at the 4 spot. Yes, the Cowboys defense is a mess, but the offense has its fatal flaws also, until now.
Luquon Treadwell is a big, physical receiver (6’2, 210) who has been drawing comparisons to none other than Dallas’s own Dez Bryant. If Treadwell does not return to the Rebels as a senior, Romo just found himself the perfect WR2, and Bryant just found a protégé.
5. San Francisco 49ers – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Colin Kappernick is not the future of the bay, and Blaine Gabbert is well…Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers will need to address their offensive woes immediately. With Jared Goff off the board at two, San Francisco gets a bargain deal in the 1st round, for the potential best quarterback of the 2016 class, Memphis’s Paxton Lynch.
6. Miami Dolphins – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
As the Miko Grimes Twitter drama unfolds in Miami, it’s become clear Brent Grimes’ longevity as a Miami dolphin is very much in question. If Grimes leaves in 2016, the Dolphins will be left utterly depleted at the cornerback position. Jalen Ramsey is a lockdown DB, whose physicality and height will allow him to play a versatile role in the struggling Miami defense. If the Dolphins plan to fix their 24th ranked pass defense through the draft, Ramsey is an excellent start in building towards a brighter future.
Previous pick: Jaylen Smith
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Two years running, the Jacksonville Jaguars go Florida in the first round. With an offense that has grown leaps and bounds throughout 2015, the Jaguars organization must now focus their attention on their atrocious secondary. Vernon Hargreaves is a ball-hawking corner who has solid speed and physicality for his size. Hargreaves can drastically improve the Jaguars 29th ranked pass defense, and Jacksonville has a history of drafting Florida players.
8. Baltimore Ravens – Jaylen Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
In selecting Jaylen Smith, the Baltimore Ravens defense begin the road back to greatness. Smith is a great athlete who is not only an extremely talent pass rusher, but can also drop back into coverage and defend against the pass attack. If Jaylen Smith drops outside of the top-5, Baltimore would be foolish passing on the first team AP All-American.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Emmanuel Ogbah is a truly gifted pass rusher. The junior has recorded 22.5 sacks in his last two seasons and was ranked one of the best pass-rushers in college football. Lovie Smith is a defense minded coach, and Ogbah can help a defensive line that recorded only 34 sacks in 2015.
10. New York Giants – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Jason Pierre Paul is a huge example of what the New York Giants do with the 10th overall pick. If JPP is dropped into the free-agent water, Shaq Lawson is the first person who comes to mind as the Giants new edge rusher. Thompson had a break out season in 2015, recording 22.5 tackles for losses, and 9.5 sacks.
The Giants rank 30th in sacks, and 25th in rush defense, so Lawson makes perfect sense for the Giants defensive situation.
Do you agree with these picks? Comment below on who you would like to see Miami take in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Draft Fun Fact: The New England Patriots do not have a 1st round pick in the 2016 draft. The Patriots were fined 1 million dollars and lost the 2016 1st pick for their involvement in the “DeflateGate” scandal.