2018 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins LB targets other than Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds

USC linebacker Uchenna Nwosu celebrates after recovering a fumble against California. Miami must select a linebacker, ideally in the first two rounds. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins need to come away from this NFL Draft with a starting outside linebacker.

The most likely choice at 11th overall would be Roquan Smith of Georgia or Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech.

But if neither player is available, or a quarterback unexpectedly falls to Miami, the Dolphins must shift their linebacker focus to the second and third rounds, which take place on Friday night.

Miami’s need at linebacker is so great they could even end up trying to package two fourth rounders, and/or more, to move up for another low second or third round pick. So, who are the players Miami should be looking to snag at 42nd overall (second round) or 73rd overall (third round)?

  1. Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State, 6-foot-4, 256 pounds — He can cover. We repeat. He can cover. HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
  2. Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, 6-foot-2, 234 pounds — Dominated FCS competition. Can cover. HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
  3. Lorenzo Carter, Georgia, 6-foot-6, 250 pounds — Combine warrior. Sideline-to-sideline and pressure. HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
  4. Uchenna Nwosu, USC, 6-foot-3, 251 pounds — Can run. Can hit. Can rush. HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
  5. Jerome Baker, Ohio State, 6-foot-1, 229 pounds — Fast. Athletic. Rangy. Can cover. HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
  6. Malik Jefferson, Texas, 6-foot-3, 236 pounds – Mega-recruit with ideal measurables. Can cover. HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Really, they’re all athletic enough to cover. And if Miami does not go with a linebacker in the first round, there is a very good chance one of these youngsters suits up in aqua and orange in 2018.

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