2018 NFL Draft: Possible Dolphins target Baker Mayfield clear for Combine

Baker Mayfield should be at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine over the next two months. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins should be able to get as much of a look at draft prospect Baker Mayfield as they want over the next three months. Mayfield is a possibility for them at No. 11 overall and he’ll be on the field at the Senior Bowl in two weeks.

He’s also expected to be at the NFL Combine, and the significant news on that front is that the NFL not bar him from participating based on his February 2017 arrest for public intoxication and resisting arrest, among other charges. That incident resulted in a plea deal and was resolved last year.

An NFL spokesperson told ESPN today that there is “no issue that would preclude him from attending” the Combine. Mayfield is nearly certain to be on the list of invitees when the NFL finalizes it. The Combine begins Feb. 27 in Indianapolis.

Mayfield, 22, will be the first Heisman Trophy winner to play in the Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow did so in 2010. As a senior at Oklahoma last season, he completed 70.5 percent of his passes, threw for 4,627 yards and had 43 touchdowns against six interceptions. He is widely thought to be a top-10 prospect, putting him potentially in reach of the Dolphins.

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier was vague in discussing the team’s plans with the 11th pick last week, but did not rule out taking a quarterback.

While players do on-field work and other testing at pre-draft events, the most valuable part for most teams is getting to sit down with prospects for extensive interviews about football and off-field concerns. Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum and Grier were at the Senior Bowl with a team of scouts last year, and coach Adam Gase joined them for the Combine.

Teams also can bring in up to 30 prospects for pre-draft workouts and interviews at their facility.

One player who won them over in their Combine meeting last year was LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux. He declared for early entry into the draft despite a variety of possible concerns, including an arrest for domestic violence that got him briefly kicked off the team, and withstood a thorough investigation by the Dolphins.

“Once we got the facts, we interviewed the kid and talked to people in Baton Rouge about it, we felt comfortable with the result and with the information we got,” Grier said at the time of the pick.

Godchaux also wowed the staff with his football I.Q., which Gase said solidified Miami’s interest in taking him. The Dolphins got him in the fifth round, and he was a starting-caliber player for them immediately.

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2018 NFL Draft: What picks do the Miami Dolphins have this year?

The Dolphins took Ted Ginn at No. 9 in 2007. (Getty Images)

[Updated March 15, 2018 after compensatory picks were awarded and trades involving Jarvis Landry, Robert Quinn and Daniel Kilgore]

As the Dolphins ramp up their preparation for the 2018 draft with the Senior Bowl coming up this month, they currently have eight picks.

Miami has its own pick in each round except for the fifth, which it sent to the Saints in September in exchange for linebacker Stephone Anthony. In addition to its six base selections, the team has a fourth rounder from the Jay Ajayi traded and an extra pick in the seventh from Tampa Bay.

When the Dolphins shipped Ajayi to the Eagles this season, they got a fourth-round pick that Philadelphia had previously acquired from the Vikings. The first 20 draft slots in each round are determined by regular-season record, and the remaining 12 are filled based on how far those teams go in the playoffs.

The seventh-round pick from the Buccaneers came from a trade last year when the teams swapped spots in the seventh round, with the Dolphins moving down from No. 223 to No. 237.

These selections can change if the team makes any trades between now and the draft, which is April 26-28. As of now, here is the Dolphins’ stock of 2018 draft picks:

First round: No. 11 overall
Second round: No. 42 overall
Third round: No. 73 overall
Fourth round: No. 123 overall, No. 131
Fifth round: No selection (traded to New Orleans for Stephone Anthony)
Sixth round: No. 209 overall
Seventh round: No. 227 overall, No. 229 overall

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2018 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins open to picking quarterback at No. 11 overall

Baker Mayfield could be on the Dolphins’ radar. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—The Dolphins are adamant that they have the quarterback they need for next season in Ryan Tannehill and they plan on him being fully healthy by the time they start Organized Team Activities in May.

They also know taking a quarterback in the draft might be smart.

As Miami launches fully into offseason mode, it will be looking at quarterbacks with the No. 11 pick. There are generally thought to be five quarterbacks worth taking in the top 20 picks: UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Southern California’s Sam Darnold if he chooses to leave.

“We’ve said we’ll always take the best player on our board,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said when asked directly if quarterback was an option in the first round. “I’ve talked from Day 1. We talked about the J.J. Watt thing. At d-end, we had (Cameron) Wake and whatever, but if J.J. Watt’s on the draft board when we’re picking, we’re not gonna pass on J.J. Watt because at defensive end we feel good.

“All positions, we’re evaluating everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s quarterback, tackle, defensive tackle—everything’s wide open for us.”

Grier is the point man for Miami’s draft operation, and his reference to the 2011 draft gives insight into how he approaches it.
Wake was coming off an incredible year of 14 sacks and the team had him marked down as a franchise cornerstone. But if Watt had lasted all the way to No. 15, they couldn’t have turned down that opportunity.

Instead, Watt went to Houston four picks ahead of the Dolphins. They chose Mike Pouncey that year.

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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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