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2015 TST Community NFL Mock Draft: Miami Surprises By Grabbing Defensive Centerpiece

While many expect the Dolphins to stock up on offensive talent early in the 2015 NFL Draft, there is a popular mock pick for Miami in the middle of the defense...

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Heading towards the midpoint of the 1st round, BirdmanRainH20 takes the Dolphins for a slight turn:

#14, Miami Dolphins - Eric Kendricks (ILB, UCLA)

The Dolphins' biggest need is WR but with [Amari] Cooper[Kevin] White and [DeVante] Parker all off the board they'll look to fill a different hole on their roster. Kendricks is viewed by many as the best ILB in this draft and I agree. He has great instincts, he's one of the surest tacklers in this draft and he's also very good in coverage. Miami would LOVE to add this guy to their defensive front and he could have a Strong impact immediately. The presence of Suh in front of him would allow Kendricks to rack up tackles in bunches don't be surprised to see him around that 150 tackle mark as a Rookie for the Phins.

I've seen the Kendricks pick a couple places for Miami, but it certainly feels awfully need-heavy. I've seen plenty of mocks, including the SB Nation NFL Blogger Mock, that had the Fins going after a RB as was the case with Kevin Nogle from the Phinsider taking Georgia RB Todd Gurley. Having signed Ndamukong Suh to a long-term contract in free agency, I'd argue the Dolphins are in a good position in the 2015 NFL Draft's first round to just take the top of their board. They're young, they've got enough holes across the roster and they're in a competitive division. It's not quite the Rams and the NFC West, but it's similar enough that they can't afford to pigeonhole themselves early on in the draft.

Pick Team TSTer TST Mock Pick SBN Site SBN Site Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (link) JakeM70 Jameis Winston (QB, Florida St.) Bucs Nation (link) Jameis Winston (QB, Florida St.)
2 Tennessee Titans (link) KENTOG Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) Music City Miracles (link) Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
3 Jacksonville Jaguars (link) CodyAllenFTW Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) Big Cat Country (link) Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson)
4 Oakland Raiders (link) Danrarbc Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) Silver and Black Pride (link) Leonard Williams (DT, USC)
5 Washington (link) holtfan Dante Fowler, Jr. (DE, Florida) Hogs Haven (link) La'el Collins (OL, LSU)
6 New York Jets (link) Rainman23 Randy Gregory (DE, Nebraska) Gang Green Nation (link) Kevin White (WR, West Virginia)
7 Chicago Bears (link) 13-Warner Kevin White (WR, West Virginia) Windy City Gridiron (link) Danny Shelton (DT, Washington)
8 Atlanta Falcons (link) BaldBilly Leonard Williams (DT, USC) The Falcoholic (link) Randy Gregory (DE, Nebraska)
9 New York Giants (link) Rammer18-84 Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) Big Blue View (link) Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa)
10 St. Louis Rams (link) Rem Freeman Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa) Turf Show Times (link) Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama)
11 Minnesota Vikings (link) STLcoach Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) Daily Norseman (link) Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.)
12 Cleveland Browns (link) blarghamuffin DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville) Dawgs By Nature (link) DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville)
13 New Orleans Saints (link) turpinforpresident Shane Ray (DE, Missouri) Canal Street Chronicles (link) Dante Fowler, Jr. (DE, Florida)
14 Miami Dolphins (link) BirdmanRainH20 Eric Kendricks (ILB, UCLA) The Phinsider (link) Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)