Pick #6 Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU: Considered by most to be the top long snapper in this year’s draft class. The Dolphins had more pressing needs here but if Ferguson turns into the next John Denney (a 14 year special teams veteran) then he’ll have done more than most 6th round picks accomplish.
Pick #32 Malcolm Perry, QB/RB/WR, Navy: A true “swiss army knife” player that can play many positions but isn’t ideally suited for any. He was announced as a wide receiver at the draft. Even though he’s small (5’9″, 186 pounds) Perry won’t even enter the season as the smallest player on the roster (Jakeem Grant is listed at 5’7″ and 171 lbs).
What does Perry bring to the team? Get him the ball and let him create; be it jet sweep, swing pass, slant. As a former QB, Perry also gives the Dolphins a major threat if they decide to increase their usage of the “Wildcat” package.
Tua Tagovailoa: A
Austin Jackson: A
Noah Igbinoghene: B-
Robert Hunt: A
Raekwon Davis: A-
Brandon Jones: C+
Solomon Kindley: A-
Jason Strowbridge: B+
Curtis Weaver: A
Blake Ferguson: B
Malcolm Perry: B
In summary, the Dolphins draft plan was to get the “QB of the future”, get bigger/more physical along the offensive line and increase the depth/talent along the defensive front seven.
It also seems like the Dolphins draft wasn’t focused so much on 2020 as it was 2021. All these players are ‘works in progress’ that aren’t destined for stardom in their rookie season but can take a year to grow together and come out firing in 2021.
This draft’s success will be based on the coaching staff teaching/coaching up the players so they reach their full potential. Given last year’s success, I firmly believe that it’s a challenge that Brian Flores, and his staff, are going to rise to achieve.