These players were not on our list of Miami Dolphins’ top-five draft picks under Chris Grier.
Considering that I am discounting the years Chris Grier was the general manager alongside Tannenbaum and Gase, I am dismissing Jerome Baker and Mike Gesicki. To put it simply, if I give credit to Grier for those hits, I also have to blame him for the Charles Harris pick in 2017 or for that matter, the entire 2017 draft class.
Tua Tagovailoa is also not on this list. It was not an oversight or a diss on Tagovailoa or a nod to anyone believing Miami should have drafted Justin Herbert. This is simply a case of Tua playing the most important position on the field and to judge him off a small sample size of six games.
Tua has shown a lot of moxie and ability in his six games but was he a steal at 5 overall or an expected draft selection? Hopefully, in 10 years we will be talking about the teams that passed on him in favor of someone else. Whether Grier had selected Tagovailoa or Herbert at number five, this was more about the players that he has hit on that took a little more work to research rather than medicals. Let’s face one fact head-on. No one doubted Tua’s ability, just the medical information for his recovery. If he had been healthy, he would likely be in a Bengals uniform.
We didn’t mention Robert Hunt as a top-five but did mention him briefly. Hunt has been up and down but mostly trending up. He has a high ceiling for development and the Dolphins have to do their part getting him there. He looks to be a solid draft pick.
Lastly, we didn’t mention Myles Gaskin who is the Dolphins starting and much missed running back. Taken in the 7th-round of the 2019 draft, Gaskin is looking like a steal even though he will eventually move to a back-up role.