Travis Wingfield’s Horizontal Big Board for the 2019 Dolphins Draft
Part of any team’s draft preparation will include a variety of mock games – predictive models that produce multiple outcomes to familiarize clubs with different scenarios come draft-day.
The automation of mock draft simulators allows teams to anticipate real-time scripts. Even still, much more is required to account for trades, surprise runs on a particular position, plummeting prospects, or any number of code red storylines that play on the off-season’s most exciting weekend.
One scout-created exercise comes from the Move the Sticks Podcast. Selecting preferred players, by round, stacks the board in a horizontal fashion creating plan-b’s, c’s, and d’s to mitigate unfulfilled plan-a’s.
By now Miami’s needs are well-documented – and aplenty. Long-term Franchise Quarterback tops that list, though it might be a year from blossom. The defensive line and backfield both need reinforcements and the offensive line is…offensive. Sprinkle in a shallow tailback stable by Chad O’Shea’s standards, and uncertainty at linebacker and cornerback, the Dolphins could go in any direction.
Then there’s all-important draft talent consideration for this specific class. Where is the prime spot of this draft? Which positions stand to hold value on day-two and into the third and final day?
For Chris Grier in company, the practice of identifying its most pressing needs, and matching those positions with the forecasted flow of 2019’s draft, is the most crucial project Grier’s team will face this year.
It’s hardly a secret that Miami would be keen on moving down the board and acquiring more picks. This decision would pay off as Miami’s need’s priorities stand parallel to the strength of this class – picks in the 20-60 range on the offensive line, defensive line, and in the secondary.
The Dolphins have to feel like they can come away with three starters in that range, which requires accumulating an additional pick to go along with the 13th and 48th selections.
For chronological sake, we’ll start with the first round. It’s likely that the only scenario where Miami moves up the board would be the slide of Oklahoma Quarterback Kyler Murray – but I don’t see that happening, so he leads our list of the unobtainable:
Unobtainable (without a trade-up):
QB Kyler Murray
DL Nick Bosa
DL Quinnen Williams
DL Josh Allen
DL Ed Oliver
Round 1: (Dolphins pick 13)
Garrett Bradbury – Center, North Carolina State
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 32
A checker of virtually every box, Bradbury would be a quintessential first pick of Miami’s new regime. An intelligent, scheme-diverse leader the power and athleticism to provide the middle of Miami’s offensive line with set-and-forget presence. Ideally, Miami would move back down the board to make this pick, but it might require the 15th selection given the impression of Bradbury around the league.
Jonah Williams – Offensive Line, Alabama
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 15
Like Bradbury, Williams mental aptitude will go a long way with the Dolphins’ brass. A studious player with position versatility, coming from a blue blood program, Williams falls into the set-and-forget category. He was the best left tackle on tape all year, but he’ll have to lean on his freshman experience playing the right side with Laremy Tunsil in-house.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Safety, Florida
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 36
CGJ is a glove-like fit for the coverage scheme Miami wants to deploy. In Flores’ defense, both safeties must be able to do two things: 1.) Come down and cover man-up, and 2.) Support against the run. Gardner-Johnson is rangy, feisty, and a sticky man-cover guy.
First Round Recap: Truth be told, there aren’t any feasible picks at pick 13 that make me feel the way I did about Minkah Fitzpatrick or Laremy Tunsil. Miami needs to strongly consider a trade back.
Round 2: (Dolphins pick 48)
Jonathan Abram – Safety, Mississippi State
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 67
His cumulative rank is criminal, but his play boarders on that fine line as well. He’s a hitter – a temperature changer. Abram is one of the more violent, controlled tacklers that has played the position in recent memory and offers the diverse skillset Miami will require of its safeties under Flores.
Juan Thornhill – Safety, Virginia
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 65
Sort of the opposite side of the Abram ledger, Thornhill’s explosive metrics make him an ideal deep center field safety in the new scheme. He can cover sideline-to-sideline with tremendous tracking and ball skills.
Chase Winovich – Defensive End, Michigan
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 61
Going back to the football acumen well, Winovich is a master of preparation with a motor that never quits. He can close down the backside against the run and win with nuance as a pass rush moves. He’s an ideal base five-technique in the new defense.
Second Round Recap: I love this portion of the draft. Add Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom, Texas’ Charles Omenihu, and Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin into this group as well.
Round 3: (Dolphins pick 79)
L.J. Collier – Defensive End, TCU
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 65
Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham spoke, at length, about heavy-handed players with astute processing skill (eye discipline). Those two traits are Collier’s calling cards and could catapult him into round-two. He’s an ideal five-tech/4-i/three-tech hybrid in this scheme.
Miles Sanders – Running Back, Penn State
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 62
Sanders is well into the top-60 of this class for my money, but the running back plunge occurs every year, and Miami could find an ideal fit for its backfield in round-three. Sanders can run routes from the backfield, slot, and out wide. The Penn State product is a shifty problem for defenses on all three downs.
Darnell Savage – Safety, Maryland
Cumulative Average Big Board Rank: 59
Savage likely doesn’t make it this far, but that glut of safeties in round-two (which he may well be a part of) could force the Maryland grad down the board. With a penchant for the big hit, an ability to cover deep, and the ferocity this staff and regime will love, Savage would be a terrific fit in Miami.
Third Round Recap: Like round-two, I want multiple picks in this round. Add Oregon’s Justin Hollins, Western Illinois’ Khalen Saunders, and Michigan’s David Long in this mix as well.
Round 4: (Draft Network Big Board Round Projection – Dolphins pick 117)
Chuma Edoga – Offensive Tackle, USC (102 TDN overall)
Winner of the Offensive Lineman of the Week at the Senior Bowl, an impressive kick slide and quick feet allow Edoga to quickly get into his pass set. He struggles with power but has a shot to earn a starting job with some development.
James Williams – Running Back, Washington State (117 TDN overall)
The leader among tailbacks in receptions in all of college football (83), Williams is a savant study of the boundary and field side route combinations (wheels, corners, sticks, arrows) asked of the back. He’d be an ideal pairing with Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage.
Kahale Warring – Tight End, San Diego State (144 TDN overall)
Carved from stone by the Greek gods themselves, Warring comes from a program that has been dubbed, “Stanford South.” The classic Y Tight End would serve as a nice pairing with Mike Gesicki.
Round 5: (Draft Network Big Board Round Projection – Dolphins pick 152)
Lamont Gaillard – Center, Georgia (171 TDN overall)
Another player that falls too low for my tastes, Gaillard is an ideal competition piece for the veteran on shaky ground, Dan Kilgore. Gaillard is a power-player with an occasional flash to hit reach blocks.
Round 6: (Draft Network Big Board Round Projection – Dolphins no pick)
Maxx Crosby – Defensive End, Eastern Michigan (198 TDN overall)
Another try-hard player, Crosby wins with long arms and heavy hands. He can control the point of attack and shed a block en route to the ball carrier. He could factor in as a rotational five-technique.
Round 7: (Draft Network Big Board Round Projection – Dolphins pick 235, 236)
Derek Baity – Cornerback, Kentucky (212 TDN overall)
With an eye towards special teams, and adding another depth body to compete for the log-jam behind Eric Rowe at the CB2 position, Baity is a technician, and hit all of the testing metrics Miami likes at corner.
It’s difficult to stave off too much infatuation this time of year. Each round offers players with traits we can get excited about, but it’s the identification of the traits that best suit what this Dolphins team wants to be.
We should expect a bit of a shift in the way prototypes are created, as well as find comfort with the Dolphins new draft approach to prioritize a large quantity of picks.
The draft will be the new lifeblood from which Miami attempts to survive in the precarious future of the AFC East. Truth be told, that’s how it should’ve been all along.
Miami Dolphins select Ohio State’s Isaiah Prince in the sixth round
With their sixth-round pick and 202 overall, the Miami Dolphins selected offensive tackle Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State
The Dolphins received the 202nd pick as part of the package in Day 2’s trade-down with the Saints. After moving down and chipping in their fourth-rounder, the Fins got the late sixth-rounder in return as part of the deal.
The Dolphins took Isaiah Prince out of another strong program that consistently shoots out offensive lineman, Ohio State. Prince’s teammate, Michael Jordan, went earlier on Day 3 to the Bengals.
Isaiah Prince is a tough evaluation. I wasn’t a big fan and Prince often times was on the losing end of the point of attack. He was called for numerous holding calls and I saw him on the ground a lot. This might be because he has less-than-ideal foot movement. I am interested to see how he factors into the Dolphins’ grand scheme. He might specialize in becoming the swing tackle.
Isaiah Prince is very raw, but the Ohio State pedigree for trench players speaks for itself, so this could turn into a good late-round pick with a little time and development.
Dolphins Draft Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel
Miami had quite a wait before its first day-three selection. In the fifth-round, with the 151st-pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. A JUCO transfer, Van Ginkel picked up 12 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his Badgers’ career (off the bench in 2017, starter in 2018). The linebacker added two interceptions, five pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.
We like the way you think, @MiamiDolphins… Draft Grade A++
Not one, but TWO Badgers drafted
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) April 27, 2019
The Dolphins have a glaring hole in the assumed Kyle Van Noy role, in a player that can play inside and outside at the linebacker position. Miami will attempt to develop Van Ginkel to set the edge in the running game, blitz the quarterback, and move all over the formation.
40-yard dash: Did not run
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical: 38 inches
Broad: 123 inches
Short Shuttle: 4.14
Van Ginkel has a similar build to Van Noy. At 6-foot-3, 241 pounds with 32 1/2 inch arms, the length and backfield production surely attracted Miami to Van Ginkel’s game.
Via that report from NFL.com, Van Ginkel plays with a high-motor, plays through injuries, and has the requisite athletic ability to play a multi-faceted role in the defense. His lean build and lack of power makes him a questionable edge-setter, which could prove problematic in the new defense. He allows blockers into his frame and doesn’t disengage very often.
Van Ginkel figures to make the squad on special teams and serve as depth in the linebackers room.
What positions will the Miami Dolphins address on Day 3 of the Draft
The Miami Dolphins still have four picks left in the 2019 NFL Draft. Which positions should and will be addressed by the time the dust settles on on the 209 NFL Draft?
With the trades that came yesterday on Day 2, the Dolphins are left without a fourth-round pick. They used pick 116 as a kickback-pick to the Saints when trading down from 48 to 62. Although they scooped the Saints’ 2020 second-rounder, the Dolphins will now have to wait until pick 151 to get their first selection of the day.
At 151, partway through the fifth round, the Dolphins could still get some good value. I would look for them to go in on the edge rushers. Some guys I would personally like to see at that pick are Arkansas State’s Ronheen Bingham, Eastern Michigan’s Maxx Crosby, Georgia’s Jonathan Ledbetter, Iowa’s Anthony Nelson, or Oregon’s Justin Hollins.
Charles Omenihu is surprisingly still available, but I expect him to be selected sometime during the fourth round. Here’s a more comprehensive list of available edge rushers from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
I also expect the Miami Dolphins to address the offensive line again at some point during Day 3. Michael Deiter, the third-round pick, is a good start, but I’d like to see another draft pick get dedicated to the interior offensive line. I wouldn’t be upset to see the Dolphins select a right tackle, either, even if Jesse Davis is already tentatively penciled in there.
Some targets that I’d like in the later rounds include Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt, Notre Dame’s Alex Bars, Arkansas’ Hjalte Froholdt, Kentucky’s Bunchy Stallings, Florida’s Martez Ivey or Miami’s Venzell Boulware. Here are some more prospects that could be available later today for the offensive line. Here’s a second perspective from Kevin Brown on some of the talent still on the board for Day 3, as well.
OL prospects still available?
• iOL Michael Jordan
• OG Ben Powers
• OT David Edwards
• OG Dru Samia
• OT Isaiah Prince
• OG Ben Benzschawel
• OT Derwin Gray
• OT-OG Martez Ivey
• OT Mitch Hyatt
• iOL Ross Pierschbacher
• iOL Lamont Gaillard
• OG Javon Patterson
— Kevin Brown (@NFLdraftnik) April 27, 2019
The third position I’d like to see get selected is cornerback or safety. There are still some hidden gems available and some of them could still be available in the seventh round. Some of my personal favorites include Sheldrick Redwine from Miami, Xavier Crawford from Central Michigan, Jimmy Moreland from James Madison, Hamp Cheevers from Boston College, Ka’dar Hollman from Toledo, and Blace Brown from Troy. Here are some rankings for the best remaining defensive backs.
The final position I would address is quarterback. Yes, you read that right. I’m still taking a flier on a late-round quarterback and keeping three of them on the roster for 2019. Josh Rosen is the new kid on the block, but I would nab someone like Garnder Minshew with the 234th and final selection for the Dolphins. For a better understanding of the late-round quarterbacks, here’s a piece I did talking about the deep-dive prospects.
Once it’s all said and done, I am hoping that the Miami Dolphins will have drafted several of these positions. Edge, DB, offensive line and quarterback are on the wish list for the remainder of the draft.
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