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Earlier today Mike Gesicki Jersey , SB Nation announced my selection in the 2019 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, with the Miami Dolphins using the 13th overall pick on Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor. You can check out…”WhiteSections 2018 NFL Draft2018 NFL Free Agency2018 Mock Drafts2018 Draft ProspectsBreakingDolphins 2019 Draft picks: 13 – Christian Wilkins; 78 – Michael Deiter; 151 – Andrew Van Ginkel; 202 – Isaiah Prince; 233 – Chandler Cox; 234 – Myles Gaskin2019 NFL Mock DraftsNFL Mock Draft 2019: Mel Kiper’s ‘Grade-A’ projection has Miami addressing defense, quarterbackNew,39commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareNFL Mock Draft 2019: Mel Kiper’s ‘Grade-A’ projection has Miami addressing defense, quarterbackTim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsEarlier today, SB Nation announced my selection in the 2019 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, with the Miami Dolphins using the 13th overall pick on Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor. You can check out my reasoning behind that pick in that article as well as in my “media availability” just after the pick was announced. Continuing with today’s heavy mock draft theme, we take a look now at the latest from ESPN’s Mel Kiper.Kiper posted his “Grade A” 2019 NFL Mock Draft yesterday. This is the mock draft in which he does not utilize the rumors and stories he is hearing from around the league, but rather makes each team’s pick based on what he would do if he were the team’s general manager. Basically, he is making the picks for each team that would make draft analyst Kiper give the team an “A” on their draft grade after the selection process is completed.Kiper mocked the first three rounds of the Draft in this version.Check out Phinsider Radio with Matt Cannata, Josh Houtz Jason Sanders Jersey , and Aaron Sutton; I Hate the Fins with Keith Beebe and Zach Cintron; and The Blowhole with JamesRadio and RobCast on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Amazon Alexa. Get more information here.For the Miami Dolphins, he started in the best place for the team to start this year – the line of scrimmage. While I selected Taylor to solidify Miami’s offensive line, Kiper instead addressed what could be the biggest hole on the club’s roster, defensive end. Miami’s current roster of defensive end Tank Carradine, Charles Harris, Jeremiah Valoaga, and Jonathan Woodard have a combined 10.5 career sacks. Former Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake Raekwon McMillan Jersey , who signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency this year, has averaged 9.8 sacks per season over his ten years with the Dolphins. Even if you add linebacker Jayrone Elliott, who led the Alliance of American Football, in sacks this year, Miami’s sacks number expands to a combined 14.5 career sacks in the league.Adding a pass rusher makes a lot of sense, and Kiper has Miami selecting Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary in the first round. The second round pick is a little questionable, however. Kiper has Miami adding Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson with the 48th overall pick. The Dolphins currently have three starters at after, with Reshad Jones, T.J. McDonald, and Minkah Fitzpatrick all looking to play one of the (presumed) two starting spots. Gardner-Johnson is a player who could be asked to play cornerback, but he is a natural free safety Laremy Tunsil Jersey , patrolling centerfield and going up to get the ball – exactly the role Fitzpatrick should be playing this year. I disagree with Kiper’s pick here, especially if he is trying to give an A to the Dolphins for making this pick.Some players who were selected relatively close to Miami’s pick who I think would have made more sense are Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones (50 to the Minnesota Vikings), Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (56 to the New England Patriots), or Florida outside linebacker Jachai Polite (63 to the Kansas City Chiefs). Kiper gives Miami their developmental quarterback in the third round, adding Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham to the team’s roster. There are a lot of question marks surrounding Stidham after Auburn had a down year in 2018, but that is the point. Auburn as a whole had question marks last year, and Stidham lost his confidence. As a third-round pick who will be asked to be the backup behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stidham can be coached up and not expected to be the “franchise” guy from day one. He can develop and find his confidence again. And, he would be competition in 2020 for a rookie likely to be selected. I really like the potential of Stidham, so I like this selection from Kiper.Here is what he had to say about his “Grade A” draft for the Dolphins:What do you think of Kiper’s mock? Are the Dolphins on the right path with Gary, Gardner-Johnson Xavien Howard Jersey , and Stidham? MIAMI (AP) 鈥?Darren Rizzi arrived for his job interview Friday with the Miami Dolphins backed by plenty of endorsements from the team’s former and current and players.He’s hoping to coach the future players.Rizzi, a long-time Dolphins assistant, joined a growing list of candidates to interview for their head coaching job when he met with owner Stephen Ross and general manager Chris Grier.The Dolphins also interviewed their offensive coordinator, Dowell Loggains, but he’s considered a dark horse among the six candidates.Rizzi joined the Miami staff in 2009 and has won the vocal support of such current and ex-Dolphins as Kiko Alonso, Kenyan Drake, Reggie Bush, Jarvis Landry and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor.”Finally!!!” Landry tweeted when the news broke Rizzi was being considered for the job.”Guys love playing for him,” Bush tweeted.”It’s about time someone recognizes how good Darren Rizzi is,” Taylor added.Despite the kind words, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard are considered favorites for the job. Ross and Grier have also interviewed New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.Flores and Richard are with teams still in the playoffs Kenyan Drake Jersey , which may be why the Dolphins have yet to fill their vacancy. Six other teams have hired a new coach since the end of the regular season.The Dolphins seek a replacement for Adam Gase, fired last week and hired Wednesday as coach of the New York Jets. If the Dolphins don’t give Rizzi the job, there’s a good chance he’ll join Gase in New York.Rizzi has been Miami’s special teams coordinator since 2011, and has associate head coach since 2017.Loggains has been an NFL assistant since 2005 and joined the Dolphins this season, when they ranked next to last in the league in yards.
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