The NFL season is officially over now that the New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history. Now, it’s time to turn the page to the 2015 season, and that begins with free agency and the draft.
That also means it’s officially mock draft season where dozens of projections will be made over the next several months. This week ESPN draft expert Todd McShay provided his second offering, and he has an interesting selection for the Miami Dolphins at No. 14.
McShay's Dolphins pick: CB Trae Waynes
School: Michigan State
2014 stats: 43 tackles, three interceptions, one sack
Analysis: I am a bit surprised by McShay's projection for Miami. This is not a knock on Waynes, who is the No. 2-rated cornerback in the draft by Scouts Inc. However, corner is not nearly as big a need as positions such as linebacker, defensive tackle, guard and safety. The Dolphins have one Pro Bowler at cornerback in Brent Grimes. The opposite cornerback position is open. But Miami has decent in-house candidates such as Jamar Taylor, a 2013 second-round pick, and Will Davis, a 2013 third-round pick. Taking a cornerback in the first round is essentially giving up on the Dolphins' two young corners, while also passing on filling bigger needs. I would be surprised if Miami goes this route. The team is better off coaching up Taylor and Davis for another year with the hopes that at least one of those players develops and emerges as a starter.