Monday, September 5, 2022

Miami Dolphins 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Miami Dolphins Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Miami Dolphins from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Dolphins:

The Draft Network - Crabbs (9/5)

25. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

The Dolphins' coverage is a vital piece of how they choose to conduct business defensively and having a safety like Antonio Johnson who can cover would offer continued personnel flexibility. Do not sleep on Byron Jones as an aging contract (he'll start the year on PUP after offseason surgery) and Miami also has Nik Needham (their starting slot) and Eric Rowe (their third safety) as expiring contracts this coming season. Johnson could fill both roster spots in one.

Sporting News - Iyer (9/3)

26. Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas

The Dolphins are great at one safety with young star Jevon Holland but need help at the other spot to be more impactful upfield against run and pass. Catalon and Holland can be a dynamic duo for years.

SI - Hanson (8/31)

25. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

It wouldn't surprise me if Robinson was off the board much earlier than this. As much as I like Chase Edmonds as part of a committee, Robinson has a complete featured-back skill set. With his elite burst, vision and ability to break tackles, he's always a threat to make a big play.

The Athletic - Baumgardner/Tice (8/31)

23. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Dane noted in his preseason rankings that no running back has cracked the top 23 picks over the past four drafts. We did not put Robinson here on purpose — he is going to be a tempting pick for many ahead of this number. A lot of that is going to depend on how he follows up a terrific sophomore campaign. He's Mr. Electricity in space.

The Draft Network - Weissman (8/29)

25. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

The Dolphins have about 10 running backs it seems but none of them are as dynamic as Jahmyr Gibbs. The Georgia Tech transfer is electric with the ball in his hands and can truly score any time he touches the football. Adding a weapon like Gibbs to an offense that already has Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle almost seems unfair.

Pro Football Network - Fragozza (8/27)

25. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Should NFL franchises select running backs in the first round? I don't believe so, but I'm just a 23-year-old writer, not Bill Belichick. Although, he has only selected one RB in the first round once since 2006 (Sony Michel, 2018). How did that work out?

And yet, I believe Bijan Robinson is a first-round talent. He's an elite runner in all facets and is even a dependable receiver. There isn't a single blemish on Robinson's draft profile, well, outside of being folded in half once.

ESPN - Reid (8/25)

12. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Simpson, one of my favorite prospects to study this summer, is as versatile as they come, and there isn't much he hasn't already shown on the tape. He makes impact plays as a blitzer. He flips his hips and runs in coverage. And he sets the edge as the end man on the line of scrimmage. The Dolphins need a defensive playmaker at the second level, and Simpson racked up 64 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks last season.

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