PFF Draft Board: Miami Dolphins

Wes Huber takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Dolphins' needs.

| 8 months ago
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PFF Draft Board: Miami Dolphins


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams, using our draft rankings and our evaluation of how each player will fit within specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second- and third-round picks, along with the complete team-specific draft board including every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Miami Dolphins:

Round 1 (13th-overall)

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

While Elliott is very unlikely to unavailable at this point, should he slip to No. 13, the Dolphins would have the opportunity to lockdown the backfield with a generational talent. He can make people miss, find seams in the defense, provide reliable hands as a receiver, and will instantly become one of the best blocking backs in the NFL.

Chris Jones, DI, Mississippi State

The Dolphins were highly vulnerable in run defense last season and much of that can be attributed to the poor play of Earl Mitchell. Jones would provide the team with a highly-successful, run-stuffing option to pair alongside Ndamukong Suh. Areas of his game are unrefined, but he instantly improves this defense.

William Jackson III, CB, Houston

Cornerback is another area Miami will most definitely need to address. Should Vernon Hargreaves III be available, he would also be in play. While Jackson will need time to adjust to the Dolphins’ zone coverage scheme, he could be the most complete cornerback in the draft.

Round 2 (42nd-overall)

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Assuming Elliott is not selected in the first, Dixon would be an excellent consolation prize. With the departure of Lamar Miller, Dixon would provide an exceptional complement to Jay Ajayi in the backfield. He’s not as versatile as Elliott, but Dixon’s a big-play threat, and instant contributor to the passing game.

Su’a Cravens, LB, USC

While Cravens played safety for the Trojans, he would be a versatile addition providing protection for Jelani Jenkins at WILL, with the ability to slot at SAM, and as a nickel LB. Cravens pursues like a madman in space and hits with the same intensity. He would also address a portion of the issues with the Miami run defense.

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

While wide receiver is not necessarily the biggest need for the Dolphins, should Carroo fall to this point in the draft, he would simply be far too much to pass up. Carroo’s reliable ability to catch the football is a work-of-art, offers quality blocking for the ground game, and would have valuable time to continue his development within a solid group of receivers.

Round 3 (73rd-overall)

Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State

The Miami offensive line is a work in progress, to put it mildly. At least three gaping holes exist in this line that cannot be simply corrected with a single addition. Although, adding Westerman would send the team down the right path, providing reliable pass protection, and a solid addition to their power-running scheme.

Maliek Collins, DI, Nebraska

If the Dolphins are unable to land Chris Jones with their first pick, Collins would provide a great value in the third with the intention of solidifying the defensive line. He offers an all-around game from 3-technique that would go above-and-beyond improving the run defense.

Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

Jones is an aggressive run-defender who’s also very skilled in coverage. Questions surrounding his overall effort are entirely pertinent, but describes the reasoning behind his availability at this point in the draft for a player of his abilities. Correcting these effort-related issues would present the Dolphins with tremendous value at a discounted price.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardMiami Dolphins Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Jared GoffQBCal43
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State75
Myles JackLBUCLA66
DeForest BucknerDIOregon27
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson118
Cody WhitehairGKansas State179
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville810
William Jackson IIICBHouston1511
Corey ColemanWRBaylor912
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1013
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1814
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1215
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2516
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1317
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1418
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1619
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2320
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3321
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1922
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3723
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3024
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2625
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2026
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3526
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5428
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2229
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3930
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4030
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2432
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4333
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2734
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2135
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2836
Joshua GarnettGStanford5037
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6938
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3439
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7740
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4641
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6841
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3843
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5143
Su'a CravensLBUSC4843
Christian WestermanGArizona State8546
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6347
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6147
Ryan KellyCAlabama4249
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4449
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5251
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5551
Darron LeeLBOhio State8153
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8854
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4555
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5956
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7357
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9357
Jeremy CashSDuke5359
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7960
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5761
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6061
Connor CookQBMichigan State7563
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7663
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7463
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4966
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6267
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5668
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6769
Tavon YoungCBTemple11570
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8671
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9472
Willie HenryDIMichigan9973
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9174
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8274
Eli AppleCBOhio State3176
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10777
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2978
Darius LathamDIIndiana8479
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7180
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6680
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7080
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10280
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8084
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9685
Devin LucienWRArizona State9285
Braxton MillerWROhio State9885
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6488
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3689
Joe DahlOTWashington State11289
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10889
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10989
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8793
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3294
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4795
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11996
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8997
Austin HooperTEStanford12598
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8398
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama41100
Matt IoannidisDITemple124100
Vonn BellSOhio State90102
Steven DanielsLBBoston College101103
Dean LowryDINorthwestern97104
Matt SkuraCDuke128104
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65106
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126107
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA58108
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123109
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114110
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78111
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132111
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150113
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118114
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182115
David MorganTEUTSA153116
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157116
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138118
Austin BlytheCIowa203119
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145119
Devon CajusteTEStanford174121
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180122
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173122
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Devontae BookerRBUtah103125
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222126
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230126
Cody KesslerQBUSC106126
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116129
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129130
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95131
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105132
Daniel LascoRBCal141133
Jack AllenCMichigan State122134
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104135
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110136
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111136
Will ParksSArizona100138
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162138
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146138
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140141
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117142
Max TuerkCUSC113143
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131144
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130144
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135146
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137146
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139146
Jayron KearseSClemson120149
Byron MarshallWROregon121149
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142151
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136151
Jihad WardDIIllinois159153
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154154
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147154
Kevin HoganQBStanford143156
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149156
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158158
Ryker MathewsGBYU164158
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155160
Keanu NealSFlorida176161
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185162
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188162
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192162
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160165
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165165
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133167
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148167
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171169
Corey TindalCBMarshall172169
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179169
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187172
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186172
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127174
Nick VigilLBUtah State205174
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209174
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163177
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156177
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190179
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152180
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194181
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197181
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134183
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204184
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177185
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181185
Alex LewisOTNebraska183187
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151188
Ted KarrasGIllinois213189
Connor McGovernGMissouri202189
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200191
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199191
Cody CoreWROle Miss184193
Kenny LawlerWRCal193193
Joey HuntCTCU189193
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161196
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166196
Blake MartinezLBStanford198198
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207198
Terrell LathanDITCU167200
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169200
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201202
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206202
Teddy RubenWRTroy212202
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221205
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215205
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168207
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170207
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175207
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178207
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191211
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195211
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196211
T.J. GreenSClemson217214
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214214
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218214
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216214
Boston StiversonGKansas State237218
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238218
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243218
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225221
Jalen MillsCBLSU247221
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235221
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228221
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211225
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208225
John TheusOTGeorgia231227
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232227
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249227
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242227
Deion JonesLBLSU250227
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248227
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210233
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224234
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233234
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241234
Jake BrendelCUCLA245234
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234234
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240234
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226234
Charone PeakeWRClemson229234
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236234
Trevor DavisWRCal239234
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227234
Artie BurnsCBMiami144245
Ian SeauEDGENevada219246
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220246
Mike RoseEDGENC State223248
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244248
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246248

| Analyst

Wes is an analyst and fantasy correspondent at Pro Football Focus. He's been with the company since 2014, and his work has been featured on DraftKings Playbook and FantasyPros.

  • Jack

    The Dolphins will not go Defensive interior based on who they have brought in for their pre-draft visits. The pick of Ezekiel Elliott and William Jackson are good assumptions, but I think you should include Shaq Lawson instead of Chris Jones. They have not brought Chris Jones in for a visit. However, they have brought in Lawson and a slew of other DEs for visits. DE is still a need for this team. Cameron wake is getting old and coming off an injury. They may even cut him after the draft. I am 95% certain DE will be addressed in the first three rounds.

    Also CB is a more glaring need then running back. Jay Ajayi looked solid last season.

    • Jack

      One other thing, why not include Spencer Drango in the third round as a possible option?

  • Wes Huber

    Hi Jack, keep in mind these players were chosen based entirely upon our scouting to match scheme, need, and potential availability at each draft slot. No factoring whatsoever was derived from actual team visits. While an edge defender would be a very welcomed addition, there is no sugar-coating the fact that Earl Mitchell posted the absolute last run defense production grade among interior defenders last season. The position must be addressed and with an impact player. In order for DC Vance Joseph’s 4-3 defense to work, the run must be contained. I agree that Wake is aging, although we must also remember that he earned the third-highest edge pass rush production grade prior to his injury.

    • Jack

      I thought they should have cut Earl Mitchell going into this off season too. It would have saved 2.5 million in cap space, but the team seems to really like the guy. We do need help at Defensive Interior, but we only brought in one guy fora pre-draft visit that was in PFF’s top 100 players list. That guy was Vernon Butler I believe. Could he be another option?

      • Wes Huber

        If Vance Joseph had the appropriate pieces in place, we could assume he’d be inclined to run a 3-4. Miami’s defense was built around a 4-3 and Butler would not be the best fit into that scheme. I could envision a scenario where he could draft with the intention of making the switch in the future, but that could lead to a messy situation.

  • Wes Huber

    Great question about Drango, he would not be a terrible addition for Miami in the third-round. Although, his transition to guard will take some time and the change could prove to be difficult. Cody Whitehair would be the optimal choice, with Westerman and Landon Turner also fitting perfectly within Adam Gase’s zone blocking scheme.

    • Jack

      Whitehair is predicted to be a late first round pick. Trading down in the first and selecting Whitehair would be a pretty good option though.

    • Tim Edell

      Landon Turner fits perfect into a zone blocking scheme??? I would strongly disagree with that as he has no athleticism at all. Turner needs to and will go to a power man scheme.

      • Wes Huber

        Tim, I agree and respectfully disagree with you. Turner would most definitely thrive within a power scheme as his athleticism is definitely limited. That said, Turner produced the highest inside zone blocking production grade among all of the guards we charted in this class. HC Adam Gase utilized an inside zone scheme on ~50 percent of plays last season. I mentioned Turner as a perfect match with Miami, forming that opinion with consideration for Gase’s diversified ground game repertoire, and his reign as Denver’s OC. Gase altered the Broncos rushing attack into a power running scheme late in 2013 to counteract a series of injuries that eventually led to the emergence of C.J. Anderson. Gase has put together quite an impressive variety of philosophies that would allow Turner to put his massive frame to good use … especially if Miami is able to land Ezekiel Elliott.