Miami Dolphins Draft Grade
1st round (3rd pick) Dion Jordan De Oregon
The Dolphins traded with the Raiders to move into the 3rd overall spot. They traded the 12th overall pick and a second rounder to move up in the draft. Jordan is a tremendous all-around athlete. If he develops he would make a tremendous pass rushing duo with Cameron Wake. I applaud the Dolphins for being aggressive and getting the player that they coveted.
2nd round(22nd pick) from the Colts in the Vontae Davis trade Jamar Taylor Cb Boise St.
He has decent size and good speed and athletic ability. He has a good chance of seeing significant playing time as a rookie. This is one an area of need for the Dolphins and good value in the bottom third of the 2nd round.
3rd round (15th pick) Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee
An experienced college lineman.A versatile player who could possibly slide inside to guard. Adds depth and versatility to the Dolphins offensive line
3rd round (31st pick) Will Davis Cb Utah St
A pretty solid athlete, who needs to develop and work on his technique. He has some upside and this pick also addresses a need for the Dolphins.
4th round(7th pick) Jelani Jenkins LB Florida
The Dolphins add depth to their linebacking core. Jenkins is a pretty solid all-around prospect.
4th round (9th pick) Dion Sims Te Michigan St
He is one of the better blocking tight ends in the draft, however he is not one dimensional by any means. He could be a good target for Tannehill. The Dolphins also addressed a need at the tight end position with this selcection.
5th round (31st pick) Mike Gillislee Rb Florida
Gillislee got his chance to see significant playing time as a senior at Florida and he did not disappoint. He is a good all-around running back. Although this wasn’t the most pressing need for the Dolphins, this pick represent s great value. Gillislee should contribute as a rookie.
5th round (33rd pick) Caleb Sturgis K Florida
An experienced and accomplished kicker out of the SEC. He shows pretty good leg strength and accuracy.
7th round (44th pick) Don Jones SS Arkansas St.
He is a very good overall athlete who adds some depth to the secondary. A good value pick late in the draft ,who with his athletic ability could surprise given some time to develop.
Overall the Dolphins addressed many of their glaring needs. They were aggressive in trading up for Dion Jordan. First round pick Dion Jordan could develop into an elite speed rusher off the edge. Mid to late rounders Dallas Thomas,Mike Gillislee, Caleb Sturgis, Dion Sims,and Jelani Jenkins could all be contributors as rookies. Safety Don Jones has tremendous athletic ability and could surprise down the road.