Looking into which players were drafted shows the new front office is working in unison. A sign of a change and perhaps good things to come.
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Most have stated that this last draft was heavy on the defensive side. And that the Dolphins would most likely select those type of players to boost what was a mostly defunct unit last season. However of the 8 players selected only two fit this bill Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor and Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State.
Adam Gase was brought in to lead this team and also to help Ryan Tannehill get back to form. So leaning offense is a good step to make good on helping Ryan Tannehill. And in return helping his own status as the “quarterback fixer’ A win/win if all pans out.
While this may not have been the plan all along. Having the highly rated OT, from Ole Miss Laremy Tunsil fall to you in round one certainly would be the right first step. They may have projected other tackles might fall but not the outright best one to do so.
Having Tunsil fall also played a part in the draft board they held plans for. At the time there was already a run on CB’s with Apple going to NYG with the 10th pick. It was speculated that was a target of their own to pick. So this put even more of an onus on finding their own CB and fast. Which is what they did by taking Xavien Howard next.
Because of the escalated need to find the next CB before the next run on them started. It is understandable to make the move up and ensure this. As well as the same need to then get a RB (Kenyan Drake) next as they had just moved away from doing so with the next rounds pick they had traded away.
Trading back into that same round was a surprise. Even more so from them getting a WR Leonte Carroo. Some speculate he is like former WR Rishard Matthews. If this is the case it could duplicate an almost instant chemistry that Ryan Tannehill had held with him.
To add to the surprise the next pick was also a WR Jakeem Grant. Bigger Stronger Faster has been the motto finding new players. He certainly has the later parts covered. It is said he will be helping on returns freeing up Jarvis Landry.
The next player was Jordan Lucas a safety who is said to be used as a corner. He has the attributes of the prototype they had targeted at the position at 6’0” and 201LBS. Rounding out the draft was local guy made good and avid Dolphin fan QB Brandon Doughty. And TE Thomas Duarte.
What about the defense? There are many reserve players on this defense that were UDFA’s And more can be getting panned out in the days ahead.