With the thirteenth (13th) pick of the 2016 BRB NFL Mock Draft, Free selects...
I had a co-worker last year who is a huge Miami Dolphins fan. During the first half of last season, he and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out whose team was the worst team in the NFL, his Dolphins or my Texans. It was truly the most pathetic game of one-upsmanship that has likely ever been played. Especially considering that the correct answer was neither team (because lolTitanslol). During these depressing therapy sessions, I felt like I learned quite a bit about the Dolphins. So my volunteering to generally manage that team in this one-round mock draft was very much on – porpoise.
Joe Philbin was likely the root of many of the team’s problems. Of course with the hiring of Adam Gase to take over the team’s head coaching duties, we should see a whole new Dolphins offense come week 1 this year. Between this and the fact that the Dolphins have been trying very hard to acquire defensive talent as of late (free agency, trading for remnants of Chip Kelly’s failed experiment in Philly, more free agency), I feel that the Dolphins should be primed to spend some early draft capital on the offensive side of the ball.
In my old co-worker’s expert opinion (because as you and I know it is an indisputable fact that we fans are always 100% correct about these things), the offensive line has been the most consistently bad thing that the Dolphins management has failed to address over the past few years. And considering that Gase has some actually decent players on offense – specifically at QB (Tannehill), TE (Jordan) and WR (Landry, Stills, Parker) – AND that I believe that (with a good O-line) you can make an above average player out of just about any RB outside of the first round, it seemed to me that drafting an offensive lineman would likely be the best decision of my entire life as Manager of the Generals for the Miami Dolphins.
You know, until I texted my co-worker and he made me aware that the Dolphins released Brent Grimes this offseason. Nothing to see here… Just a slight misstep, I’m sure all GMs make these mistakes.
And considering that the best cornerback on their roster is Byron Maxwell, a player that was recently acquired in the previously mentioned trade with Philly (after signing last offseason with the Eagles for stupid money), I’d be inclined to agree with my old co-worker that O-line is in fact not the most glaring hole that the Dolphins need addressed in the first round.
So in that case, with the 13th overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Eli Apple, CB out of Ohio State. Full disclosure, I’m not a draftnik and I don’t watch a lot of college ball, so I’m getting my info from draft articles, but it seems that Apple might be a better fit for the Dolphins than the only remaining first round CB talent, Mackensie Alexander. Apple stands 6’1" and weighs 199 lbs. He also ran a 4.40 and has experience playing in both zone and man defenses. Considering the list of WRs that the Dolphins will have to face twice a year from now on into eternity, I’d say that these physical gifts are musts. Between physical specimens like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and overall talents like Sammy Watkins, Nate Washington and Keshawn Martin, large and physical cornerbacks with the skill set to play in both man and zone schemes are an absolute must. And while Apple does have some growing room with regards to both penalties and his penchant to sometimes play too aggressively, he should have plenty of talent and physicality to learn on the job opposite of Byron Maxwell.
Well, maybe their front seven will keep their secondary from having to do anything? Let’s hope for that.
BostonianToro, you're still on the clock with your pick due to me by 10am CDT on Monday. If you could please get your pick to me sooner than later (just the player, at least) so I can get it to Roll.Texans.Roll, that'd be fantastic.
Also, please allow me to say these write-ups have been fantastic. Well done, y'all!
1. Tennessee Titans--Laremy Tunsil (OT--Ole Miss)
2. Cleveland Browns--Joey Bosa (DE--Ohio State)
4. Los Angeles Rams--Carson Wentz (QB--NDSU)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars--Myles Jack (LB--UCLA)
6. Baltimore Ravens--DeForest Buckner (DL--Oregon)
7. San Francisco 49ers--Jared Goff (QB--California)
8. Philadelphia Eagles--Vernon Hargreaves III (CB--Florida)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Ronnie Stanley (OT--Notre Dame)
10. New York Giants--Ezekiel Elliott (HB--Ohowihateohio State)
11. Chicago Bears--A'Shawn Robinson (DE/DT--Alabama)
12. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Rankins (DT--Louisville)
13. Miami Dolphins--Eli Apple (CB--Ohowihateohio State)
14. Oakland Raiders--BostonianToro
16. Detroit Lions--Huggy The Bear
17. Atlanta Falcons--athens_murder
18. Indianapolis Colts--FreedomRide
19. Buffalo Bills--Texstros9495
20. New York Jets--Houstonkingo
21. Washington Redskins--whiteiron
22. Houston Texans--BRB Staff
23. Minnesota Vikings--King_of_the_Gridiron
24. Cincinnati Bengals--Summer of Watt
25. Pittsburgh Steelers--GannonNash
26. Seattle Seahawks--thepencilneck
27. Green Bay Packers--FeedEmToTheWolves1099
28. Kansas City Chiefs--Senor Stan
29. Arizona Cardinals--HovaFlow
30. Carolina Panthers--Vance87
31. Denver Broncos--viper17d