Is this our last mock draft before the start of free agency? In these uncertain times we weren't sure, but the start of the new league year is now set to proceed as scheduled. Either way, we were ready with another three-round mock.
And for the first time this calendar year (that's 10 mock drafts), the Dolphins don't take Tua Tagovailoa. In fact, they wait till the bottom of Round 1 to get their next franchise quarterback. Keep reading to see who else they draft with their five other selections in the first 70 picks.
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Round 1 - Pick 3
Clemson • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Isaiah Simmons told us at the combine that his versatility is what makes him so special and it's hard to argue. He patterns his game after Tyrann Mathieu and Von Miller, though he also reminds us of Derwin James. Whatever player comp you use, the Lions' defense is vastly improved with him on it.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Turns out, Tristan Wirfs is somehow more athletic than any of us thought; at the combine he ran a 4.85, had a vertical of 36.5 inches, and oh by the way, he's one of the best players in this draft class. As an O-linemen, he can play either tackle position, and even kick inside to guard.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Round 1 - Pick 6
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 217 lbs
With Philip Rivers gone, the Chargers need a quarterback. And if the Dolphins are interested in Jordan Love (which has been reported), L.A. could have to choose between Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert (and possibly Love).
Round 1 - Pick 7
Round 1 - Pick 8
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Soph • 6'7" / 363 lbs
The Cardinals need to get better up front; the O-line ranked 21st in run blocking and 26th in pass blocking, according to Football Outsiders. At 6-7, 364 pounds, Becton is a mountain of a man, but he moves like someone who weighs more like 260, which pairs nicely with his footwork, balance and strength.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • Soph • 6'4" / 307 lbs
Baker Mayfield can't spend Sundays running for his life; the Browns' O-line is an obvious area of need and Jedrick Wills is an obvious solution to that problem. He hoped to run a sub-5.0 at the combine (Wills finished with a still-impressive 5.05) though he admitted to us that running that time was mostly for bragging rights. The man is a terror in the run game and will only continue to get better in pass protection.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Georgia • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Both left tackle Kelvin Beachum and right tackle Brandon Shell have contracts that are set to expire. Thomas was a freshman All-American right tackle and then moved to left tackle the last two years where he dominated while protecting QB Jake Fromm, who will hear his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft too. In New York, Thomas will protect Sam Darnold, who is coming off an up-and-down sophomore campaign.
Round 1 - Pick 12
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'2" / 197 lbs
The Raiders head to Las Vegas with plenty of questions, but CeeDee Lamb would give Jon Gruden an immediate playmaker to pair with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Lamb is the toughest WR in this class and he's coming off a remarkable season for the Sooners where he averaged more than 20 yards per reception. The biggest question he must answer: Can he consistently beat press coverage, something he rarely saw in the Big 12?
Round 1 - Pick 13
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 245 lbs
The Colts need to upgrade their pass rush and GM Chris Ballard loves athletes like Chaisson, who is bendy and explosive around the edge and has the ability to take over games. He'll probably need to add some weight at the next level.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Ndamukong Suh, Beau Allen and Rakeem Nunez-Roches appear headed for free agency and Kinlaw is the best pass-rushing interior defensive linemen in this draft class. The rebuilding of the Bucs' D continues after a strong 2019 draft haul.
Round 1 - Pick 15
LSU • 5'11" / 197 lbs
This WR draft class is DEEP, so passing on Jerry Jeudy at No. 15, while tough, makes some sense. Meanwhile, Chris Harris' contract is set to expire, and he was the Broncos' most consistent cornerback last season. Fulton had an up-and-down 2019 campaign, but is undoubtedly a first-round talent -- which was also the case a year ago when he considered leaving school early.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Florida • 6'1" / 204 lbs
The Falcons secondary is young, but they have to get better to compete in the NFC South; the unit was 25th against the pass, according to Football Outsiders. C.J. Henderson is a long, cover corner who blazed a 4.39 at the combine, and he has the ability to lock down the opponent's best receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Who knows what becomes of Amari Cooper in the weeks to follow, but even if Cooper returns, Dak Prescott desperately needs help and Jeudy, who came into 2019 as our No. 1 prospect, would be a gift too good to pass up here.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Could Love last this long? Possibly, but it's more likely the Dolphins would have to trade up for him with their second pick. Either way, the team had Love in for a pre-draft visit before the NFL shut things down because of the coronavirus outbreak. You don't do that for a player you're not interested in.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
LSU • 6'0" / 232 lbs
Queen is undersized, but he flies all over the field. He has sideline-to-sideline speed, the ability to make plays in the backfield and the athleticism to cover RBs and TEs, which is exactly what the Jags need.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Alabama • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Ruggs *only* managed a 4.27 40-time at the combine. This isn't why he "falls" to 21st here, but again, he's a victim of a run on other players and positions with not nearly the depth. But this is great news for the Eagles, who need help on defense but will find it hard to pass on Ruggs here.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Round 1 - Pick 24
LSU • Soph • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Jefferson told us at the combine that he would surprise a lot of people with his speed and he went out and ran 4.43. At 6-1, 200 pounds, he dominated from the slot last season for the Tigers, but he can also play outside. Wherever he lines up, Jefferson would make New Orleans' offense even more potent.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Auburn • 5'11" / 197 lbs
Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander enter the final year of their contracts, and Xavier Rhodes, who struggled for much of the season, was just released. Adding help at cornerback will be a priority this offseason. Igbinoghene quietly had a strong 2019 season, followed it up with a great combine and has shown the ability to match up with NFL WRs.
Round 1 - Pick 26
J.K. Dobbins RB
Ohio State • Soph • 5'10" / 212 lbs
The Dolphins appear to have interest in Dobbins and there's a chance they could grab him at the top of Round 2. But after drafting Jordan Love, they may be eager to surround him with playmakers.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Jadeveon Clowney was dominant at times, but he was mostly going it alone. Both he and Ziggy Ansah are headed for free agency and the Seahawks desperately need to bolster their pass rush. Gross-Matos is a physical freak who has yet to scratch the surface on just how good he can be.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'2" / 241 lbs
Josh Bynes played out of his mind last season, but he's 30 and was on a one-year deal after spending the previous two seasons in Arizona (and the three before that in Detroit). Murray is a middle-of-the-field playmaker who has the talent to be the next great inside linebacker in Baltimore.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Jeff Gladney CB
TCU • 5'10" / 191 lbs
Logan Ryan and Tramaine Brock are two of the Titans' top three cornerbacks and both will be out of a contract in March. But even if Tennessee brings back one (or both), you can never have enough defensive backs on the roster. Gladney quietly had a standout season for the Horned Frogs and he might be one of the best cover corners in this draft class.
Round 1 - Pick 31
A.J. Terrell CB
Clemson • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Terrell was lost in the mix the last month or so while other CBs moved up draft boards. But he was the best cornerback in the ACC and he has a chance to be better than former teammate and Raiders 2019 second-rounder Trayvon Mullen.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 204 lbs
Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller appear headed for free agency. Either way, the Chiefs need to improve their secondary and Diggs (brother of Stefon Diggs) is a long, physical cornerback who can match up against the tall, physical NFL wideouts.
Round 2 - Pick 2 (34)
Arizona State • 6'0" / 200 lbs
This is the beauty of not having to take a WR in Round 1; instead, the Colts get a pass rusher and circle back at the top of the second round to get one of the most explosive wideouts in this draft. Aiyuk is a four-down player who is only going to get better with experience.
Round 2 - Pick 5 (37)
Round 2 - Pick 17 (49)
From Kansas City Chiefs
Round 2 - Pick 32 (64)
Round 3 - Pick 1 (65)
Tee Higgins WR
Clemson • 6'4" / 215 lbs
A.J. Green will be 32 years old when the 2020 season starts and he's played in just nine games the last two years. Higgins could be the heir apparent in Cincy, where new franchise QB Joe Burrow will need weapons.
From New York Giants
Round 3 - Pick 4 (68)
Mississippi State • Soph • 6'2" / 190 lbs
Dantzler is a first-round talent who ran like a Day 3 pick at the combine. He plays much faster than what we say in Indy and he has the physicality to match up with bigger NFL receivers.
From Chicago Bears
Round 3 - Pick 17 (81)
Round 3 - Pick 26 (90)
Round 3 - Pick 27 (91)
Round 3 - Pick 29 (93)
Bartch balled out at the Senior Bowl and in the process likely made himself a Day 2 prospect.
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 3 - Pick 31 (95)
Memphis • 6'2" / 220 lbs
Gibson blazed a 4.39 at the combine and he can play in the slot, but he's also a ball carrier, which was his primary role at the Senior Bowl. That position flexibility will make him attractive to NFL teams.
Round 3 - Pick 33 (97)