Miami Dolphins: Every Chris Grier draft class, ranked
1-11: Minkah Fitzpatrick – S – Alabama
2-42: Mike Gesicki – TE – Penn State
3-73: Jerome Baker – LB – Ohio State
4-123: Durham Smythe – TE – Notre Dame
4-131: Kalen Ballage – RB – ASU
6-209: Cornell Armstrong – CB – Southern Miss
7-227: Quentin Poling – LB – Ohio
7-229: Jason Sanders – K – New Mexico
The crown jewel of this draft is no longer with the team, due mostly to the player being disgruntled and wanting to be in a new situation. The Dolphins got a first round pick out of it (Austin Jackson) as well as a year of Ereck Flowers’ services through a series of other trades, but it has been seen mostly as a backward move. The Dolphins re-signed both Gesicki and Smythe this off season, giving them a solid return on the class of 2018. Third round pick Jerome Baker is one of the captains of the defense and routinely leads the team in tackles.
The questionable aspect comes from Miami’s final selection in 2018, and that is with kicker Jason Sanders. As far as drafting is concerned, it was a great pick, as Sanders was one of the premiere kickers in the league for a short time. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they gave him a hefty contract extension while he was at the top of his game, and has been in a noticeable decline since. But still, finding your potential kicker of the future with a pick in the 220s is a solid move.