The Miami Dolphins have wrapped their draft as the weekend has come to a close. Teams will start looking at undrafted free agents to fill out their rosters.
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With the draft now over, here is a look at this years draft crop.
Round 1: Laremy Tunsil
Had anyone mocked Tunsil to the Dolphins without a trade up you would have been laughed at. Tunsil’s video nightmare began a short 15 minutes prior to the drafts start and concluded with the Dolphins at pick 13. Two other teams drafted offensive tackles prior to the Dolphins taking Tunsil. The Ravens selected Ronnie Stanley and the Titans traded back into the top 10 to take Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin.
Round 2: Xavien Howard
As the day two morning crept from night to daylight I predicted the Dolphins would land Howard at the 42nd pick in round two. They instead traded up for him and in doing so gave away their fourth rounder. Cornerbacks went fast and often in this years draft and maybe Miami felt that Howard wasn’t going to fall the few spots to them.
It was reported that Miami had high hopes of Ezekiel Elliot falling to 13 but Dallas quickly squashed that hope when they drafted him 4th overall. The Dolphins passes on Derrick Henry and in round three took their replacement for Lamar Miller. Drake is a fast runner who can change a game but he will need to run more like Miller attacking the holes rather than dancing in the back-field.
Round 3: Leonte Carroo
The Dolphins, without a 4th round pick opted to trade back into the end of round three to take the Rutgers star receiver. Carroo is a solid blend of speed and physical play that should allow him to see time on the field. Many believe that this particular player was a steal for the Dolphins in the late 3rd round. However the Dolphins gave up a 2016 6th round pick, a 3rd round 2017 pick, and another 4th round pick in 2017. It’s a heavy investment for a player coming into a unit that already has some depth.
Round 6: Jakeem Grant
The Dolphins sat out most of the mid-afternoon on Saturday as they had no 4th round pick and traded their 5th round pick to New England. The Dolphins got two 6th rounders and a 7th rounder in the trade with the Patriots. Grant, standing under 5’7″ is a speed demon posting one of the better NFL Combine 40’s. He is as elusive as he his quick and it became clear that Adam Gase wants his style of player on his offense.
Round 6: Jordan Lucas
Miami finally tipped back over the line of scrimmage to the defensive side of the ball taking Lucas with the 204th pick in the draft. Lucas is going to be a project but has played both corner and safety and has been a team captain for the Nittany Lions. Lucas is a high character kid who works hard and has quick bursts to shorten the field, but he is also slow to react to plays, especially when blocked at the line of scrimmage.
Round 7: Brandon Doughty
Doughty is a good home town story. Residing in Davie, Fl. home to the Dolphins training facility, Doughty grew up a Dolphins fan in a Dolphins fan household. Doughty is a smart quarterback who can understand his system but he needs protection or he can get rattled. He lacks the NFL starting quarterback arm strength and is likely going to land on the teams practice squad but the Dolphins hope that eventually he will replace Matt Moore.
Round 7: Thomas Duerte
The Dolphins were not expected to go with a tight end in this class but must view this UCLA player as a project for the practice squad. The Dolphins still have Dion Sims, Jake Stoneburner, and Jordan Cameron on the roster.