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Miami Dolphins Way Too Early Mock Draft

Photo by Brian Kersey, UPI

Written by Chad Hahn

Yes, I know it’s early November but it’s not too early to take a look at potential 2020 NFL draft prospects for this rebuilding organization. General manager Chris Grier has put a lot of effort into acquiring draft capital in this draft and next year's draft to build the future faces of this organization. This year‘s draft is more important than any other Miami Dolphins draft in recent memory because of the roster purging done over the last year. So let’s take a look at some prospects in this draft that fits the Dolphins culture, scheme, and needs through this Mock Draft: (Rounds 1-3)

Round 1 (Miami pick)

Joe Burrow*, QB, LSU

Height: 6-4. Weight: 216.

After his sensational performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama a game in which General Manager Chris Grier and two other scouts were present, Joe Burrow beat a very tough Alabama Crimson Tide team. He showcased a dynamic range of skills like he has all season long. One thing that stands out more than the rest is his pinpoint accuracy. Another trait that is obviously important to being a franchise quarterback is to be a leader. Also, his nickname is Joe Cool for a reason as he is cool under pressure and has the “it” factor and clutch gene. This pick would be a franchise-changing draft choice has this very well could be the franchise quarterback the Miami Dolphins organization has been without since Dan Marino.

Round 1 (Pittsburgh pick)

Andrew Thomas*, OT, Georgia

Height: 6-5. Weight: 320

Thomas is a future top-10 pick and where he goes in the 2020 NFL Draft will depend a lot on team needs. Thomas has been very good for Georgia this year as a shutdown pass protector and solid contributor in the ground game. One thing that is special about getting a franchise quarterback with your first pick is getting somebody with the second pick to protect his blindside.

Round 1 (Houston pick)

Derrick Brown, 3-4 DE, Auburn

Height: 6-4. Weight: 322

This will probably require a trade-up but they have the draft capital to do so. To pair him with 2019 first-round pick Christian Wilkins and Davon Godchaux would solidify the defensive line. Brown eats double teams alive. In 2019, Brown has 17 tackles with three sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. Auburn had a bye last week. Brown was an animal against Florida with a strip-sack, two fumble recoveries, lots of yardage on fumble returns, and ton of disruption in the backfield. After only playing one series against Kent State, Brown dominated against Texas A&M. He was an animal in the ground game and collected two sacks and a forced fumble as a pass-rusher.

Round 2 (Miami pick)

Terrell Lewis, 3-4 OLB, Alabama

Height: 6-5. Weight: 254

Lewis has 10 tackles, four sacks and a pass batted thus far this year. He has been playing really well for Alabama. I believe he has the athleticism to be a perfect fit in Brian Flores’s scheme.

Round 2 (New Orleans pick)

Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

Height: 6-2. Weight: 215

Dugger has an excellent skill set as he is big and fast. Dugger is listed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, excellent numbers for a pro safety, and he is said to play very fast, flying around the field. They also believe that he will work out very well before the draft and could be a riser throughout the draft process. Dugger is putting his name on the map and has high-level scouts, like Directors of College Scouting going to watch him this season. If Dugger maintains this level of play and does well in the pre-draft process, it sounds like he will be a second- or third-round pick next April.

Round 3 (Miami Pick)

Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Height: 6-1. Weight: 200

Hall totaled 20 tackles with four passes broken up in his injury-shortened 2019 season. He is a big, physical and aggressive corner, but he has some limitations for the NFL. Hall really struggled with the quick-twitch suddenness of Florida State wide receiver Tamorrion Terry, with the big wideout consistently generating separation coming out of breaks. Hall looks stiff-hipped and not that twitchy. He would be better off in a zone scheme. Team sources say they have concerns about Hall's speed and athleticism matching up against NFL receivers. On top of that, Hall suffered an injured ankle and is out for the season. Hall has gotten some media hype heading into his senior year, and that is understandable as he led the nation in passes broken up in 2018 with 24. Hall also totaled 62 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions on the year. In his sophomore campaign, he had 47 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble. Pro evaluators will want to see Hall turn more passes defended into interceptions and also will question why teams were throwing at him so much.



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