As we evaluate the top prospects at the Senior Bowl this week, the guessing game begins as to which prospects certain NFL teams covet.
Although Mock Drafts can sometimes seem like an exercise in futility, they do allow us to test scenarios as we get closer to the 2022 NFL Draft. One of those scenarios is the best potential fit for the Miami Dolphins at the end of the first round.
Due to the 49ers’ postseason success, the Dolphins hold the 29th pick and will hope to land a falling talent at the end of the first day. Take a look below at those three distinct possibilities for Miami and see if you agree with their fit in South Beach in 2022.
1. Darian Kennard – Offensive Guard – Kentucky
The Dolphins ranked in the bottom half of the league in many offensive categories in 2021, so naturally, they need to start there in the 2022 NFL Draft. They were the third-worst running team in the league this past season, so they need major upgrades there. However, this pick hinges on whether or not the team adds help up front in free agency.
If they do not add a veteran guard, Kinnard would be a tremendous addition at the end of the first round. Kinnard played outside this past season, but profiles as a better fit inside in the NFL. He’s a powerful player that gets to his spots quickly and clears out the opposition with ease.
Kinnard has violent hands and does a tremendous job drive-blocking defenders on both inside and outside runs. And while his pass-blocking is sufficient, Kinnard will shine in the running game. The team did not have a single 1,000-yard rusher in 2021, and Kinnard could help pave the way for one in 2022.