Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs with the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the second half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

A Miami Dolphins Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft

The 2014 NFL mock draft draws in the Miami Dolphins next with their list of needs to get over the hump into the playoffs.  How do they fare?

Round 1 – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

Nearly everybody knows where the Dolphins have to go at least in the first round.  Until they adequately protect Ryan Tannehill their offensive potential is limited.  Cyrus Kouandjio is still inexperienced by the Alabama tackle has the size, power, length and footwork to become not just a good but a great blocker in the pros.

Round 2 – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State

Miami has some speed at the running back position but what they lack is a true workhorse type who take the majority of the tough carries to wear down a defense.  Carlos Hyde was every bit of that at OhioState, boasting an excellent power base with good vision and a relentless running style.

Round 3 – Ego Ferguson – DT – LSU

Defensive tackle could become a bigger need if the Dolphins lose a couple of pending free agents in Paul Soliai and Randy Starks.  Either way it’s important they address the position.  Ego Ferguson was an overlooked centerpiece for the LSU defense who thrived at plugging up running lanes but also has the explosion to push blockers into the backfield.

Round 4 – Jon Halapio – OG – Florida

Not a lot of things went right for the Florida offense in 2013, so it sometimes can be difficult to find talent in such situations.  Jon Halapio was one of the bright spots.  The Gators guard is big, strong, nimble for his size and best of all highly experienced against top competition.

Round 5 – Crockett Gilmore – TE – Colorado State

Tight end isn’t a huge need for the Miami Dolphins but the position could use some depth and competition.  ColoradoState standout Crockett Gilmore is not one of those new hybrid types with the size-to-speed ration like Jimmy Graham but he has good awareness, great size and extremely soft hands that allow him to make very tough catches.

Round 6 – Jemea Thomas – FS – Georgia Tech

Safety may look secure but make no mistake the free position could use another body for the Dolphins.  Jemea Thomas has the desired skill set from the size to the range and athleticism.  His biggest hurdle is proving to teams that he can get past a series of injury issues that dogged him in college.

Round 7 – Spencer Long – OG – Nebraska

Prior to a knee injury, Nebraska guard Spencer Long was easily a high mid round pick.  His good size, experience and deceptive mobility showed a player who could pull on a variety of blocking schemes.  Such players are harder to find than many think and if he can return healthy the Dolphins will enjoy having him in the seventh round.

Tags: 2014 Nfl Mock Draft Carlos Hyde Cyrus Kouandjio Ego Ferguson Miami Dolphins

  • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

    I think somebody’s been getting their info from walter

    • Erik Lambert


      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        Walter football

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    Rd 1- Spot on!!!
    Rd 2- Not a real fit, but Miami could use a north/south on 3 and shorts. I’m good with that.
    Rd 3- Mmmm… No!
    Rd 4- OK, sounds good.
    Rd 5-The obsession in, or for Miami with TEs continues… we don’t have enough of those already. A very tall WR like Rutgers’ B. Coleman sounds better to me IMHO.

    Rd 6- I’d get a CB instead.
    Rd 7- Why not get a Brandon Thomas in the 6th(he has been climbing in the rankings though)
    I like the prioritizing needs first approach. so based on that alone, I am, albeit a bit cautiously, on board with your mock.

    • Erik Lambert

      Hey, in mock drafting I’d say I did a good job if you agree with three or four picks. I’ll take it!

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        Yes, that was the point Erik… I liked the general approach as well as those specific picks I mentioned… there’s no right or wrong because we know how these things go. Certainly oodles better than some of the ones I’ve seen from highly paid analysts… I was just “dissecting” it… for lack of a better word lol.

        • Erik Lambert

          Guess those analysts don’t get paid enough.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            I guess…

  • Kevin Gordon

    a great running back is a must!!!!

    • Erik Lambert

      I believe Hyde qualifies.