The NFL draft is about a month away, which means this is a good time for another mock draft from ESPN's Todd McShay.
It has been an interesting offseason for the Miami Dolphins. They began with the No. 8 overall pick but made a blockbuster trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to move down to No. 13 and acquire veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso.
The draft landscape has changed for Miami moving down five selections. Here is McShay’s projection:
McShay’s pick: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott
2015 stats: 1,821 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns
Analysis: The Dolphins desperately need help at running back after losing former starter Lamar Miller (Houston Texans) to free agency. Elliott is by far the best at his position and would be a very good pick for Miami. New head coach Adam Gase needs a balanced offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs a strong, productive runner to take pressure off him and the passing game. Elliott also has 55 receptions out of the backfield the past two seasons and can play all three downs. Three teams ahead of Miami to keep an eye on for Elliott include the Eagles at No. 8, the New York Giants at No. 10 and Chicago Bears at No. 11. McShay also has the Dolphins taking Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah in the second round. They are looking to get younger behind 30-plus starting defensive ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams.