2018 Miami Dolphins draft results: What went right and wrong
By Brian Miller
What went right.
Kalen Ballage – Round 4 – There is an irony to the selection of Ballage in round four. He was taken with the selection that Miami received in the Jay Ajayi trade with Philadelphia and they share similar traits.
Ballage is a very good draft pick for the Dolphins who should see plenty of field action in 2018. He is likely to seen a lot of reps at kick-returner where he served at times in college. He is a big runner with a lot of power and quickness but he needs to learn how to use that power and while he is speedy he sometimes doesn’t see the field the way he should which will make him better.
Regardless this is a really talented kid who seems more built-in the mold of new Dolphins Frank Gore. With Gore on a potential one year deal Ballage could become the second featured back on the roster down the road, Well rounded, Ballage can run and catch passes giving the Dolphins a bigger model of Damien Williams.
Quentin Poling – Round 7 – Most draft experts are considering Poling a steal in round seven. Poling seems to be like Kiko Alonso with a bit more speed and athleticism. Don’t consider that knock. While there are holes in his game they are fixable and he will see plenty of time on special teams given his speed and tackle ability. He needs to work on attacking at the line of scrimmage but that too is coachable.
Poling can hit hard and he can miss when he is out of position but there is no denying that he plays with superb speed.
What went wrong.
Cornell Armstrong – Round 6 – The Dolphins drafted another defensive back in what is already a crowded room. The secondary wasn’t much of a need entering the draft and the addition of Fitzpatrick made it even less so. What Armstrong brings to the table is unknown.
A pick later the Patriots took Miami U receiver Braxton Berrios a player some wondered if the Dolphins would draft and develop. Maybe the Dolphins didn’t see much there and saw more with Armstrong. Well obviously they did.