Round Three – 97th Overall (Compensatory)
Coredrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson (6-foot-1, 199 pounds)
Once again, this mock has the Dolphins waiting until the third round to address its need at cornerback.
It’s not to say that Miami’s need at corner is less significant than the other two positions addressed in the first two rounds, it’s just that the defensive back talent pool is a bit deeper this year and there are still quality players to be had on the second day of the draft.
Coredrea (pronounced Cor-dray) Tankersley has the ideal physical traits that teams look for in a “No. 1 lockdown” cornerback.
Standing 6-foot-1 and legitimately running in the 4.4 range, “Tootie” Tankersley could very well be gone by the time Miami gets on the clock in the third round, it all depends on how many other defensive backs are taken ahead of him.
Tankersley was a two-year starter for Clemson, leading the team in passes defended (11) and intercepting four passes this past season as the Tigers won the national championship.
He was a first-time all-ACC performer in 2016 as well as being named a third-team AP All-American. Fans with a keen eye will remember Tankersley put some serious clamps on Virginia Tech’s receiver Bucky Hodges during the 2016 ACC Championship game.
If drafted by the Fins, Tankersley would instantly be the team’s most gifted defensive back. As a third round pick, Tankersley would spend some time on special teams in addition to working in the nickel and dime sets, but he has everything he needs to become a No. 1 boundary defender by his second year.