A look at how the Miami Dolphins have done so far in the draft and some of what might happen.
The Miami Dolphins went defense so far with picks of DE (expected first draft position) LB and CB respectively. They have 3 picks in round 5 and one in round 7. If no draft trades happen it would be the first time going all the way back to their first year.
My original order of what I thought were their needs was OG LB DT FS DE CB. But that changed when I realized that the best DT in the draft was a clone of Jordon Phillips and then decided what’s the point may as well not waste a pick for a back up.
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I hit on LB in the right round, more on that later, but going CB next moved my expectations for FS the same as DT. While the CB selected is one the Miami Dolphins coveted Cordrea Tankersley and is a good player. The room is already full with four capable defensive backs. This move is one toward the future to have someone just in case. Much like the WR Leonte Carroo pick was last draft. It helps when it comes time for the starting player to negotiate a new contract. Kenny Stills and Byron Maxwell respectively.
Part of me can understand setting up future contracts to make the money work as there is no longer a top capologist around in one Dawn Aponte. But this is a team that progressed enough to make it into the playoffs last season and building for instant returns would be more inline to make that more routine.
Corn Elder would have been a pick that might have worked toward the FS position with the third pick. Or some other more prototypical player that might have been available I’m not aware of at the moment. Out of the Defensive backs room Bobby McCain is the one were some added help should be welcome and Elder also had those traits.
Charles Harris is a fine player and should add some excitement to the teams style of play. Getting after the QB is also a welcome sight in what has become more of a passers league. But the risk reward is based in getting results from your base defense and not from package blitzing. Which is no easy task. I’m not saying it can’t be implemented but it could take time away from what should be a win now mode.
The LB room should be set. Raekwon McMillan broke down emotionally when introduced to the fans at his presser so there should be no character concerns from him like there was from others that were available at the time he was picked round two. And he is said to be next in line compared to Foster who many wanted.
McMillan should be playing Sam with Timmons at Mike and Alonzo at Will. That is if he beats out Misi or when Misi’s perennial injury occurs.
So DT and OL are now big holes that this draft will not help as is FS to a lesser degree. If these positions don’t get addressed we could see the continuation of having a historically bad run defense or close to it. Those huge running games from Ajayi are also at risk as well as the health of Ryan Tannehill.
Isaac Asiata is still on the board and might fall to Miami with their next pick. Update: they did pick him.
That was close he was projected to go rounds 3-4. I can’t believe there have been no trades so far. Update: they did have to trade up a few spots to get him.
NFL dot coms’ Lance Zierlein has him projected as a starter at either guard or center BUT within a couple of years. So at least the OL room got more full with depth I guess. Enjoy the rest of the draft.