2018 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins prospects to watch in CFB Playoff

Roquan Smith wears #3 for the Georgia Bulldogs. Check this linebacker out on Monday night. He’s the kind of guy any team (ahem, Miami) could use. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins will enter the NFL Draft with plenty of needs, which will make it hard to pinpoint the positions they’ll target.

The Dolphins are currently slated to pick 12th in the first, second and third rounds, and will pick no worse than 12th if they lose on Sunday to Buffalo.

If Miami wins, they could fall as low as 15th. It’s unlikely, but with a lot of help, they could climb as high as 6th to 8th.

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The College Football Playoff on New Year’s Day should be fun to watch.

The Rose Bowl will feature Georgia vs. Oklahoma and the Sugar Bowl will feature Clemson and Alabama.

The Daily Dolphin knows you’ll be watching, but we wanted to give you a handy cheat sheet in order to take special note of those upper-echelon talents Miami could target in the top three rounds.

While it seems unlikely that premium talents like safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley and defensive end Christian Wilkins would fall to Miami, we’re going to include them because, well, it’s not impossible that a player could slide, or the team could move a bit up.

As a guide, we are relying on ESPN’s NFL Draft Player Rankings, worth subscribing to, if you haven’t already.

ROSE BOWL (5 p.m., Monday)

Oklahoma

#78 OT Orlando Brown (24th overall, first-rounder) — Successor to Ja’Wuan James? (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#6 QB Baker Mayfield (27th overall, first-rounder) — Developmental QB behind Ryan Tannehill? (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#31 LB/DE Obo Okoronkwo (62nd overall, second-rounder) — Miami could use another youthful rusher. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#81 TE Mark Andrews (93rd overall, third-rounder) — Miami needs a TE. This one led OU in catches. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Georgia

#3 LB Roquan Smith (19th overall, first-rounder) — Athletic. Physical. Yes, please. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#7 LB Lorenzo Carter (47th overall, second-rounder) — Can rush and cover. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#27 RB Nick Chubb (60th overall, second-rounder) — Rebounded from knee injury. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

 

SUGAR BOWL (8:45 p.m., Monday)

Clemson

#42 DE Christian Wilkins (9th overall, first-rounder) — Can rush inside and out. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#99 DE/LB Clelin Ferrell (18th overall, first-rounder) — Can rush and cover. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#75 OT Mitch Hyatt (96th overall, third-rounder) — Former top HS recruit. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Alabama

#29 S Minkah Fitzpatrick (4th overall, first-rounder) — Awesome instincts; versatility. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#3 WR Calvin Ridley (7th overall, first-rounder) — Luxury pick, but comps to Amari Cooper. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#15 S Ronnie Harrison (22nd overall, first-rounder) — Free safety range. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#28 CB Anthony Averett (42nd overall, second-rounder) — Luxury pick, but never enough corners. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#9 RB Bo Scarbrough (46th overall, second-rounder) — Power back. Compliments Kenyan Drake. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#34 RB Damien Harris (74th overall, third-rounder) — 8.2 yards per carry. Seriously. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

#9 DE Da’Shawn Hand (86th overall, third-rounder) — Former mega-recruit. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

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