2018 NFL Draft: If not a QB, what makes sense for Dolphins in Round 1?

What will the Dolphins do in this year’s NFL Draft? (Getty Images)

Picking 11th overall is a great situation for the Dolphins in next week’s NFL Draft, regardless of who gets taken in the 10 spots ahead of them.

While they need significant help on offense, if they can’t get a top quarterback in the first round, they’ll likely snap up a potential defensive game-changer. That’s not a bad worst-case scenario.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes it’s an enviable position and his recommendation is that they target Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith or Florida State safety Derwin James.

“I think those two kids are special,” Mayock said. “I think they’re home runs. I think they’re plug and play day one, and they solve multiple issues for you on defense.”

Linebacker is the more pressing of the two positions for the Dolphins. They have Kiko Alonso coming off a somewhat frustrating season and Raekwon McMillan, who missed his entire first year with a torn ACL. There is no clear third starter.

Miami most likely would be able to choose between Smith and Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds is a little more of a wildcard because he’s only 19.

Mayock also wouldn’t bite on Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea that early and has concerns about him staying in shape.

James is an ultra-talented safety, but the Dolphins already have two entrenched starters in Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald. Both of them are signed through 2021 or beyond, and McDonald is only 27. Adding James might create a logjam for playing time, at least for this season, but Mayock wouldn’t mind the problem of having too many good safeties on the roster.

“I would say either Smith or James,” he said. “And you’d sprint up to the podium and be really happy with either.”

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Ex-Dolphins coach Chris Foerster admits cocaine use, wants to resume career

Former Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster was forced to resign in October. (AP)

It’s been three months since Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster lost his job, and possibly his career, because of a video that showed him snorting cocaine. As he continues treatment in a rehabilitation facility in West Palm Beach, he said he’s never been happier and wants to return to coaching.

Foerster spoke extensively about his problems in an interview with NFL Network that was released today. You can read the full story by Tom Pelissero by clicking here.

“I have a chance to fix my life,” Foerster said. “I have a chance to get well, I have a chance to get right, I have a chance to get better… and I’m sincere in that.

“Why do I want to coach again? Because I love coaching and helping players… I made a terrible mistake and I’m responsible for it, and I didn’t go to treatment because I wanted to get my job back. I knew this s— was out of control. It’s been the most humbling experience. But it’s what I needed.”

Foerster, 56, had been an NFL coach since 1992 and was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2004. Adam Gase hired him to coach the offensive line when he took the job in January 2016.

The organization was stunned when the video surfaced in October, and Foerster admitted the substance he was snorting was cocaine. He also said he’s battled alcoholism for the past 30 years.

The Dolphins maintained from the beginning they would support him despite forcing him to resign from the staff, and Foerster told NFL Network the team is paying for his stay in rehab.

“I’ve had a great love for him and his family for 25 years,” former Miami offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said at the time. “That hasn’t changed. Now it’s just a friend who is dealing with some struggles and will stay a friend and we’ll pray and keep pulling. There’s no other option but to overcome this thing for him.

“(The Dolphins) do the best they can to take care of their people. I’m amazed at that… I don’t think anyone will kick him to the curb.”

More recently, Christensen expressed optimism about how Foerster was progressing.

“I think things are going well for him,” he said last month. “That probably would be all I want to say is that he’s doing well. He’s working hard. He’s a good man and he’ll work on his life, just like the rest of us.”

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Report: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill not expecting full ACL reconstruction

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill walks off the field wearing a knee brace before game against the Patriots on Jan. 1. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill walks off the field wearing a knee brace before game against the Patriots on Jan. 1. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill believe he will not need full ACL reconstruction surgery as he recovers from a season-ending knee injury, NFL Network reported today. That’s a positive as the team tries to get him ready for next season.
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NFL Network: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill tore MCL from bone

Tonight's on Ryan Tannehill's knee didn't sound promising. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Tonight’s on Ryan Tannehill’s knee didn’t sound promising. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–It was already a long shot that Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill would make it back this season, and that sounds even less likely after NFL Network sideline reporter Heather Cox reported a troubling diagnosis during tonight’s game against the Jets.

Cox said Tannehill has a full cast on his left leg and “tore the MCL off the bone” in that knee.
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Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry regrets hit on Bills S Aaron Williams (video)

Aaron Williams left today's game in an ambulance, according to the NFL Network. (Getty Images)
Aaron Williams left today’s game in an ambulance, according to NFL Network. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS–The video looks pretty bad and several Bills players took issue with it, but Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry said the hit that knocked out Buffalo safety Aaron Williams was not malicious.

Landry was blocking for a run play when he knocked Williams out of the game in the second quarter of Miami’s 28-25 victory. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and Williams had to be helped off the field. NFL Network reported that he left Hard Rock Stadium in an ambulance.
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