2017 NFL Draft: ESPN’s Todd McShay says Dolphins need outside linebacker

McShay likes Davis for the Dolphins. (Getty Images)

Let the arguments continue about what the Dolphins must prioritize in next week’s NFL Draft. ESPN analyst Todd McShay is on the side of those who see linebacker as the biggest need.

McShay said this afternoon the ideal route for Miami would be an outside linebacker in the first round and an offensive guard in the second.

“They need a linebacker that can cover, so when you look at them picking at No. 22, who’s going to be available at that spot?” he said. “Jarrad Davis makes a lot of sense. But to me, you’ve gotta mix in a guard as well before it’s all said and done. I think Jarrad Davis makes sense in the first because he’s an athletic guy that can cover, but we also talked about Zach Cunningham who could be available in the second.”

McShay sees cornerback and safety as the other big positions for the Dolphins and mentioned four corners the team could get later in the draft: San Diego State’s Damontae Kazee, Colorado’s Ahkello WItherspoon, West Virgnia’s Rasul Douglas and Tennessee’s Cameron Sutton.

“This third and fourth round at cornerback is where the value is,” he said.

The Dolphins pick 22nd and 54th, then wait until their compensatory pick at the end of the third round at No. 97 overall. They don’t select again until compensatory fifth-round picks at 166th, 178th and 184th.

“If you’re sitting there with a lot of similar grades, I think you take care of the linebacker in the first or second and get your offensive lineman maybe in the second round,” McShay said. “Hopefully a little bit later you’re able to find a cornerback that can come in and contribute right away and develop into a solid contributor for you.”

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