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 Miami Dolphins Draft Review


Team Needs: CB, OT, OG, LB, RB


Selections:


Rd 1. 13 Laremy Tunsil OT Miami

Rd 2. 38 Xavian Howard CB Baylor

Rd 3. 73 Kenyon Drake RB Alabama

Rd 3. 86  Leonte Caroo WR Rutgers

Rd 6. 186 Jakeem Grant WR Texas Tech

Rd 6. 204 Jordan Lucas S Penn State

Rd 7. 218 Brandon Doughty QB Western Kentucky

Rd 7. 231 Thomas Duarte WR UCLA


Recap: Miami benefitted from the caution shown by other teams regarding Laremy Tunsil’s character on draft day. In doing so the team acquired the highest rated player on most analysts - and teams - draft boards. Tunsil hasn’t done any single thing that could be considered terrible, but with so many lapses in judgement most teams decided - correctly - that giving Tunsil a top 10 contract was simply not prudent. Miami shouldn’t worry because even at his floor Tunsil figures to be a good value at 13. Xavian Howard filled a gaping hole at quarterback, that could have used at least one more pick. Howard should push for playing time early and one would expect him to be a full time starter before the season ends. Kenyon Drake may wind up being one of the steals of this draft. Drake is capable of being a very good third down back immediately and offers more explosive traits than any other running back on the Dolphins roster. As was mentioned in our day 2 recap Caroo is a curious choice for a number of reasons. The team must see something they like because they traded up for him (and overpaid) but it’s difficult to see how he gets on the field in the next few years. Jakeem Grant is far to small to be counted on to do anything other than be a return specialist who occasionally sees action in the slot. Thomas Duarte is a tight end prospect that needs to add strength and size. Jordan Lucas is a college cornerback that projects to safety in the NFL in many eyes. He does have some skills at corner as long as he is not asked to run downfield with receivers.

Analysis:

  1. Tunsil was the best player in the draft. The Dolphins only got him because of his off field issues. They, and their fans, should rejoice.

  2. Xavian Howard should upgrade the team’s cornerback play but he might not be enough.

  3. Apparently Adam Gase is not happy with the Dolphins receivers - presumably the ones behind Jarvis Landry and Devante Parker - who should both excel in his system.

Grade: B Tunsil is a stud and you can’t get the highest rated player without getting a good grade. Howard and Drake should also pay dividends for the team. Their overall strategy seems flawed, however, and downgrades the overall grade.

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