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NFL Mock Draft 2016: The Miami Dolphins Select Ronnie Stanley

With the 13th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins (represented by saintmanumit) select...

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Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

I know, I know. Miami's defense is as porous as SpongeBob Squarepants, and every fiber in my being would love to give this team the cornerback that has eluded 347 Don Shula Drive for years if not decades. But that is not the reality in South Beach.

The reality is that this team is doing everything in its power to make Ryan Tannehill the Franchise. Hasn't made a lot of big plays, has not carried this team consistently like other quarterbacks, but the feeling is upper management is essentially "giving" the title to him. And Phins fans, no matter how many coaches quit or fired, no matter how often Tannehill gets sacked, there is no backup plan from Tannehill.

Enter Adam Gase, the man who perpetrated for years to as an offensive coordinator in Denver and Chicago, to right the ship. And yes, I know about the deficiencies at cornerback. Even if they kept Miko Grimes in Miami, the starting corners, including nickel back Bobby McCain, would not average six feet. Miami made a trade and picked up Byron Maxwell, all 6"1' of him. Tony Lippett is 6"3' and being the only one of starter quality to man the outside opposite Maxwell, this position needs to be dealt with, depth or otherwise. And yes, Cameron Wake is now a year (35) and a torn Achilles older, the basically "swapped" Olivier Vernon for Mario Williams (31 and a huge drop-off in talent) and added Andre Branch as backup. Enough talent there to "get by" until Wake returns.

Both positions need an influx of youth and talent but in this draft, there is an abundance of both positions. 
So I went with the pick that management WILL make to ensure that Tannehill has time in the pocket: Offensive Line. It is never a good sign when the opposing team is more confident when your offense is on the field. The line for the past two years has been an embarrassment. Branden Albert cannot stay healthy and the addition of free agent Jermon Bushrod does not instill confidence that the line will be exemplary, let alone ok. Guard play needs to progress, but that can wait until the latter rounds. 

But they need a good pass blocking OT and the only one which warrants the grade will be Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame.

Quick note: Did you know the name Miami comes from the Calusa (Native American) tribe word "Mayami," meaning "Big Water?" The Tequesta tribe—or Chequescha—their village on the north bank of the river, became the site of the future city of Miami. 

God Bless Bing!


Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2016 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team
Selection Team Representative Approval Rating

1 Tennessee Leremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Chris Dunnells 74%
2 Cleveland Jared Goff, QB, California quickdrawdoc 44%
3 San Diego Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
GhostofHD 65%
4 Dallas DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon Tee Word 52%
5 Jacksonville Myles Jack, LB, UCLA SxSnts9 73%
6 Baltimore Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida Lostastic 64%
7 San Francisco Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St. BlackandGold4ever 58%
8 Philadelphia Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State ukesilence 64%
9 Tampa Bay Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State RyanAb9 85%
10 Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St. Johnny BeGood 38%
11 Chicago Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson NOLASaintsBeast 63%
12 New Orleans Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Dave Cariello
13 Miami Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame saintmanumit
14 Oakland
Chris Dunnells
16 Detroit
17 Atlanta

18 Indianapolis
19 Buffalo
21 Washington
22 Houston
Tee Word
23 Minnesota
24 Cincinnati
25 Pittsburgh
26 Seattle

27 Green Bay
Johnny BeGood
28 Kansas City
29 New England (Forfeited) Forfeited pick --------- --------
30 Arizona
Matt Mosley
31 Carolina
32 Denver