Mel Kiper has released his first mock draft, and he believes the Dolphins will select defensive end Shaq Lawson from Clemson.
This would be par for the course for the Dolphins, who don’t need a defensive end. Why pick a player you need when you can instead select someone you don’t need? That is the Dolphins motto! Dion Jordan is the salvation, remember?
Yes, I know our defensive end situation is iffy right now. Wake might not be ready for the season (Achilles injuries are far more severe than a simple ACL). Vernon and Shelby might go for more money. Dion Jordan might be missing again (it is hard to imagine that he simply gives up drugs 100% AND comes back to play like an All Pro). All that adds up to a lot of question marks at the DE position.
But it’s not a disaster either. Some pieces may fall into place. Vernon, Wake, and Shelby might be back. Dion might be humbled. All in all, there’s simply no need to select a DE when we already have the worst secondary and the worst O-line in the NFL.
There are some quality O linemen and D backs available in the first round, so why does Kiper think the Dolphins will take a DE? Probably because Kiper knows our history of selecting players we don’t need.