Now that we have looked at five options in the first round for the Miami Dolphins, we’ll take a look at the options in the second round. With the positions of offensive tackle, offensive guard, tight end, inside linebacker and depth at the defensive tackle and safety positions still all needs, a pick from one of these positions is likely. With that being said, let’s take a look at the possibilities:
1. Brandon Thomas Clemson University OG 6’3″ 317 lb
If the Miami Dolphins were to choose Brandon Thomas with their second round pick, then it would be because they chose an offensive tackle, like Zack Martin or Taylor Lewan, in the first. Assuming they took an OT with their first pick, Thomas would be a great second round pick for the Dolphins. He would complete the offensive line overhaul and give the Dolphins a formidable run blocking presence. He has good size for a guard, long arms and big hands to keep defenders at bay. He bends his knees well and also gets out of stance quickly. He gets to the second level quickly as well, which makes him very valuable in the zone blocking scheme. Thomas would be a very good pick here and would complete the offensive line very nicely.
2. Morgan Moses Virginia University OT 6’6″ 314 lbs
Picking Morgan Moses here would mean the Dolphins weren’t able to get an offensive tackle in the first round that they were comfortable with. Moses would be a solid pick in the second round as he is a huge offensive tackle that, once he gets his hands on a defender, can eliminate that defender from the play. He also has great strength, which would be very useful in the running game. Having Moses on the right side of the line would be a much added strength to the running game, both physically and schematically, and he would help it improve from a dreadful performance a year ago.
3. Billy Turner North Dakota St. OT 6’5″ 315 lbs
Once again, picking Billy Turner here in the second round would mean the Dolphins didn’t get a tackle in the first, and picking Tuner would help continue the rebuilding process of the offensive line. Turner has pretty good size for a tackle, has nice length and big hands. He is light on his feet, which helps on getting the second level in the running game and pushing pass rushers outside the pocket. He was a four year starter at the FCS level of Division I college football, which means he has plenty of experience, but not against the upper echelon type of talent. He is a very moldable prospect that has a chance to be a very good quality starter in the NFL. He has all the raw tools and has a nastiness in his game that is very coveted in the NFL these days. He could be a very good addition to this offensive line.
4. Chris Borland Wisconsin ILB 5’11” 248 lbs
Picking Chris Borland here in the second round might be a little bit of a surprise, but it would be a much needed upgrade at the inside linebacker position. Dannell Ellerbe, the current starter, is out of position and he would be much better suited to play outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense. Borland, who is rated as the second best inside linebacker in the draft by expert Mike Mayock, could step in and be an immediate starter from day one. He reminds a lot of scouts of a former Miami Dolphin linebacker Zach Thomas, who was about Borland’s size as well. Borland is a very instinctive linebacker that reads the offense very well and anticipates what will happen next. He fills holes efficiently and has quick lateral movement that is very helpful in the running game. He could very well be the next Zach Thomas in the NFL and who better to fill that role for the Dolphins than Borland?
While this a fairly short list of options for the Dolphins, these are guys that I think they are very likely to choose. Guys like safety Lamarcus Joyner from Florida State, offensive guard Trai Turner from LSU, or offensive tackle Jack Mewhort from Ohio State are also possible selections in the second round, who would also fill needs on the Dolphins roster. Also, while filling a need would be nice, drafting the best player available at their pick is the priority, and will always help put the best possible roster together.