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2022 NFL Draft Coverage (Phinfever)

2022 DRAFT
ROUND
PLAYER
POS
COLLEGE
BIO
3(37)(102)
CHANNING TINDALL ILB GEORGIA 6'2", 230#, 4.47
4(20)(125)
ERIK EZUKANMA WR TEXAS TECH 6'2", 209#, 4.53
7(3)(224)
CAMERON GOODE OLB CALIFORNIA 6'3", 240#, ---
7(26)(247)
SKYLAR THOMPSON QB KANSAS ST 6'2", 217#, ---
UDFA
ZAQUANDRE WHITE RB S CAROLINA 6'0", 215#
UDFA
KELLEN DIESCH OT ARIZONA ST 6/7", 303#
UDFA
OWEN CARNEY DE/OLB ILLINOIS 6'3", 265#
UDFA
BEN STILLE DE/DT NEBRASKA 6'5", 295#
UDFA
TANNER CONNOR WR IDAHO ST 6'3", 226#
UDFA
DEANDRA JOHNSON DE MIAMI 6'3", 253#
UDFA
JORDAN WILLIAMS DT VA TECH 6'5". 285#
UDFA
ELIJAH HAMILTON DB LA TECH 6'2", 205#
UDFA
BRAYLON SANDERS WR MISSISSIPPI 6'0", 194#
UDFA
TY CLARY CUT C ARKANSAS 6'4", 315#
UDFA
KADAR KOHOU DB TEXAS A&M 5'11", 190#. 4.45
UDFA
TOMMY HEATHERLY P FIU 6'0", 205#
UDFA
VERONE MCKINLEY III S OREGON 5'10", 198#
UDFA
BLAISE ANDRIES G/OT MINNESOTA 6'6", 308#
  • Ty Clary failed physical and was released on May 14.

 

Looking ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft *

2023 DRAFT
ROUND
1
2
1
MIA
SF
2
MIA
 
3
MIA
NE
4
MIA
 
5
MIA
 
6
MIA
CHI
7
MIA
 

 

 

2022 FREE AGENCY *
PLAYER
POS
AGE
FROM
YRS
DOLLARS
AAV
Tyreek Hill
WR
28
Chiefs (trade)
4
$120.0 mil
$30.0 mil
Terron Armstead
LT
30
New Orleans
5
$75.0 mil
$15.0 mil
Cedrick Wilson
WR
26
Dallas
3
$22.05 mil
$7.35 mil
Connor Williams
LG
24
Dallas
2
$14.0 mil
$7.5 mil
Chase Edmonds
RB
25
Arizona
2
$12.1 mil
$6.1 mil
Keion Crossen
CB/ST
25
NY Giants
3
$9.45 mil
$3.15 mil
Alec Ingold
FB
25
Las Vegas
2
$7.5 mil
$3.75 mil
Teddy Bridgewater
QB
29
Denver
1
$6.5 mil
$6.5 mil
Melvin Ingram
DE/LB
33
KC Chiefs
1
$3.92 mil
$3.92 mil
Sony Michel
RB
27
LA Rams
1
$2.1 mil
$2.1 mil
Raheem Mostert
RB
29
San Francisco
1
$1.175 mil
$1.937 mil
Thomas Morstead
P
36
New York Jets
1
$1.27 mil
$1.27 mil
             
Emmanuel Ogbah
DE
29
Dolphins
4
$65 mil
$16.25 mil
Mike Gesicki
TE
27
Dolphins
1
$10.9 mil
$10.9 mil
Preston Williams (RFA)
WR
25
Dolphins
1
$1.99 mil
$1.99 mil
Duke Riley
LB
28
Dolphins
1
$3.0 mil
$3.0 mil
Elandon Roberts
ILB
28
Dolphins
1
$3.25 mil
$3.25 mil
Sam Equavoen (RFA)
LB
29
Dolphins
1
$2.0 mil
$2 mil
Nik Needham (RFA)
CB
26
Dolphins
1
$3.9 mil
$3.9 mil
Durham Smythe
TE
26
Dolphins
2
$8.0 mil
$4 mil

 

 

DRAFT GRADES

NFL.COM (Chad Reuter)

Day 1 grade: B
Day 2 grade: B+
Day 3 grade: B
Overall grade: B

Analysis: Miami did not have early picks because of trades for receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who are obviously very good players. But only time will tell whether the lost draft capital was too high a price to pay. The Dolphins were also without their original third-round selection after trading that pick last April to move up for offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg. However, they used a third-round compensatory pick acquired in the Trey Lance deal with the Niners to land a nice chase linebacker in Tindall.

With a fourth-round pick gained from a 2021 draft day trade with Pittsburgh, the Dolphins snagged Ezukanma, a reliable receiver without elite speed or quickness. Goode could play inside or outside for the Dolphins, as an instinctive player who fell under the radar at Cal. The Dolphins did not draft a center, potentially leaving Michael Deiter to handle those duties, but did find a potential backup signal-caller in the "toolsy" Thompson.

ESPN+ (Mel Kiper)

Grade: B-

Top needs: OL, CB, LB

Most of the Dolphins' early draft capital in this class went to Kansas City in the trade for Tyreek Hill; general manager Chris Grier said his staff will "just watch Tyreek highlights" on Day 1 of the draft. So what did Miami get with the four picks it did have?

Linebacker Channing Tindall (102) could be a steal. I projected him to go early in Round 2, and the Dolphins landed him late in Round 3. He played in 50 games at Georgia but was behind Nakobe Dean and Quay Walker on the depth chart, which meant he never actually started a game. But when you put on the tape, he was flying around and making plays. He also tested off the charts at the combine for his size. Tindall found a great fit in Miami.

Wideout Erik Ezukanma (125) is 6-foot-2, but when I watched his film, I saw he dropped way too many passes. Linebacker Cameron Goode (224) could make the team as a situational edge rusher. Skylar Thompson (247) is a fun, late-round quarterback to try out, but he probably is a long shot to make the roster.

Dolphins fans are surely excited about adding Hill, but there's not a lot to rave about with this class, outside of Tindall.

Sports Illustrated

Grade: C

ANALYSIS: This is a small class thanks to the Tyreek Hill trade, but it still managed to surprise me. While the Dolphins gobbled up another YAC wide receiver, they didn’t select a true Mike McDaniel running back or help the offensive line. The Thompson pick was interesting if it has any meaning beyond just a backup. Thompson is really athletic and has a kind of faster Carson Wentz-ian vibe to him. Could the pick be inferring that the Dolphins are going to run a good deal of zone read and want a QB versed in the system? Could Thompson be a special package guy? Should we just go to bed?

USA Today

Grade: A-

They had a draft-low four choices, though did pick up LB Channing Tindall (Round 3) from that championship Georgia defense. But GM Chris Grier spent this year's assets to pry WR Tyreek Hill from the Chiefs after previously ensuring he'd have a pair of first-rounders for a QB-rich 2023 draft ... just in case.

Pro Football Focus (PFF)

Grade: B-

Day 1: Miami had no first-round pick after trading with Kansas City for receiver Tyreek Hill. 

Day 2: Miami’s first pick in the draft came in the third round at No. 102 where they drafted linebacker Channing Tindall. He isn’t nearly as instinctual as his teammate Nakobe Dean, but man can the kid fly sideline to sideline. Blitz him consistently and never ask him to turn his back to the line of scrimmage, and Tindall is going to produce. This is a great fit in Miami.

Day 3: Erik Ezukanma brings some size (6-foot-2, 209 pounds) to the outside, which Miami needed after dealing DeVante Parker. He put up over 600 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons at Texas A&M and averaged over 15.0 yards per reception over the course of his college career. Miami continues to add talent for Tua Tagovailoa to work with on offense.

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer)

Grade: C

The Dolphins were handcuffed into a quiet draft for GM Chris Grier and new coach Mike McDaniel given they gave up a total of five significant picks this year and the next for Tyreek Hill. Tindall did fill a need well to try to upgrade linebacker but there isn't anything else to see here with a developmental pass rusher and passer late.

CBS Sports

Best pick (A-): LB Cameron Goode, California (R7, P224)
Explosive old-school 3-4 OLB type. Drops into coverage effortlessly and has a serious outside speed rush with good bend around the corner. Some pass-rush moves. High-upside type. Length and power are lacking. (Chris Trapasso)

Worst pick (B-): LB Channing Tindall, Georgia (R3, P102)
Speed, speed, and more speed. A blur on the field. But very unpolished as a LB and not a coverage type yet. (Chris Trapasso)

Most interesting pick (B): WR Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech (R4, P125)
The Dolphins only picked four players in the 2022 NFL Draft, and this selection was interesting. Miami used a first-round pick on Jaylen Waddle last year, traded a bevy of picks away for Tyreek Hill this offseason and then took a receiver with their second pick in the draft. This is a crowded wide receiver room now. Will Ezukanma find a way to stand out?

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)

Grade: C

Best Pick: They waited to take a player until the third round because of trades, but they nailed their first pick taking linebacker Channing Tindall. He is a playmaker who will be better in the NFL than he was at Georgia. 

Worst Pick: I didn't like the choice of receiver Erik Ezukanma from Texas Tech. Isn't this a team with a lot of receivers already? Why not another position? 

The Skinny: They didn't pick until the third round because of trades, including to get Tyreek Hill. He was worth getting, so that helps this grade. And I love Tindall. 

Yahoo! Sports

Grade: B+

Favorite pick: Tindall

Tindall emerged last season as a playmaker on a super talented defense after spending most of his career prior to that on special teams. He's not yet facile in coverage and will need help getting lined up at times, but the top-shelf athleticism will ease his development. Miami can use more athletes like this to groom, and this was a need position. Really good value where they got him.

Least-favorite pick: Ezukanma

He was relatively consistent and productive year to year, and even made more downfield catches than you might imagine. But with average length and athleticism, he appears to have little upside, and good teams appeared to have little trouble taking Ezukanma out of games if they wanted to. It'll be an uphill climb to dent the WR depth chart.

Overall: Having used many of their picks as ammunition to acquire veteran talent, namely Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, this was never going to be a massive draft class for the Dolphins. So we’re factoring in the trade activity as a big piece of this puzzle. Adding value and athleticism with Tindall, that’s about where the actual draft excitement ended for Miami. Big picture, this was an important utilization of assets to make Miami better in head coach Mike McDaniel’s first season at the helm.

Draft Wire (Luke Easterling)

Grade: B

Biggest Steal: LB Channing Tindall (3rd Round, No. 102 overall)

Biggest Reach: None

Analysis: It’s hard to do much with only four picks, but the Dolphins kicked off their skinny class with a huge bargain in Tindall, who could have put up huge numbers anywhere else if he wasn’t buried behind the likes of Nakobe Dean and Quay Walker at Georgia. He’ll be a much more productive pro, and fills a big need in the Miami defense.

SB Nation

Grade: D+

Best Pick: Channing Tindall, LB (102)

Wosrt Pick: Either 7th round pick

Analysis: Miami didn’t select until the third round because of their trades, but they got a good player in Channing Tindall. I do think it’s a huge problem that they didn’t get a decent offensive lineman, even with their limited picks. It was the biggest area of need for Mike McDaniel’s new-look offense, and they might regret not addressing it. With such a lean class there wasn’t really a “worst” pick, but both their 7th rounders were going to be UDFAs.

The Ringer

Grade: D

After trading multiple picks for Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins’ first pick didn’t come until late in the third round. The team grabbed a rotational Georgia linebacker in Channing Tindall, who’s raw but hyper athletic and explosive when flying downhill. Texas Tech receiver Erik Ezukanma is an intriguing mid-round pickup because of his run-after-the-catch talent, and Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is a fine seventh round flier. Miami didn’t have much to work with and consequently didn’t come away with a whole lot in this draft. Dolphins fans can take solace in the idea that Tyreek Hill is a de facto member of this group (but I’m only including draft-day trades in this exercise).

Bleacher Report

Grade: C-

The Miami Dolphins are seemingly trying to emulate the Los Angeles Rams' approach to the draft by trading many of their picks for established veterans. 

The Dolphins pulled off a blockbuster trade this offseason, sending the No. 29 pick along with 2022 second- and fourth-rounders and 2023 fourth- and sixth-rounders to the Kansas City Chiefs for star wideout Tyreek Hill. That left Miami with only four picks to use this year.

Channing Tindall is the highlight of the class. His sideline-to-sideline speed should help him get on the field as a rookie. Part of that will be in sub-packages, but he should also be a factor on special teams. 

The Dolphins took wideout Erik Ezukanma in the fourth round, but he didn't even make the top 200 on B/R's final big board. Luckily, they won't need him to make an immediate impact with all of the changes they've made to their receiver room this offseason. 

Fantasy Pros

Grade: C+

With only four picks to work with, there’s not much work for me to do here. But I’ll admit that I was rather pleased to see Miami draft Channing Tindall, whom I had them drafting in my final three-round mock draft.

Linebacker is where the Dolphins needed to improve the most, and the Georgia Bulldog fits the bill. The linebacker finished as PFF’s eighth-highest-graded linebacker in 2021 and tested off the charts at the Combine. Miami got a steal with Tindall’s sure tackling and imposing presence outside the top 100 picks.

After that, there’s not much to go on. Erik Ezukanma is a protypical special teams wide receiver who will add value to his real-life NFL team but is someone to ignore in fantasy.

 

2021 NFL Draft Coverage (Phinfever)

2021 DRAFT
ROUND
PLAYER
POS
COLLEGE
BIO
1(6)(6)
JALEN WADDLE WR ALABAMA 5'10, 180#, 4.37
1(18)(18)
JAELAN PHILLIPS DE MIAMI 6'6", 260#, 4.56
2(4)(36)
JEVON HOLLAND S OREGON 6'1", 207#, ---
2(10)(42)
LIAM EICHENBERG OT NOTRE DAME 6'6", 306#, ---
3(18)(81)
HUNTER LONG TE BOSTON COLLEGE 6'5", 254#, ---
7(3)(231)
LARNEL COLEMAN OT U MASS 6'6", 315#, ---
7(17)(244)
GERRID DOAKS RB CINCINNATI 6'0, 230#, 4.57
UDFA
 ROB JONES OL M TENN ST 6'4", 319#, ---
UDFA
 JEROME JOHNSON DT INDIANA 6'3", 304#, ---
UDFA
 CARL TUCKER FB/TE ALABAMA 6'1", 248#, ---
UDFA
JAYTLIN ASKEW DB GEORGIA TECH 5'11", 187#, ---
UDFA
TE
NC CENTRAL
6'7", 230#, ---
UDFA
CB
SYRACUSE
6'1", 208#, ---

Trades on 3/26/2021

  • Dolphins trade pick 3 to the 49ers for pick 12 & 102 (2021), 2022 & 2023 first round picks
  • Dolphins trade picks 12 and 123 (4th round) and 2022 first round pick for picks 6 & 156 (5th round) 2021.

 

2021 FREE AGENCY
PLAYER
POS
AGE
FROM
YRS
DOLLARS
AAV
P
28
Panthers
1
1.4 mil
1.4 mil
ILB
29
Texans
3
24.75 mil
8.2 mil
TE
25
Bengals
3
8.25 mil
--- mil
QB
28
Colts
1
5 mil
5 mil
RB
27
Rams
1
1.75 mil
1.75 mil
CB
27
Lions
1
2.75 mil
2.75 mil
DT
26
Patriots
2
9.5 mil
4.75 mil
C
28
Ravens
1
1.75 mil
1.75 mil
WR
26
Texans
1
10.625 mil
10.625 mil
Brennan Scarlett
ILB
27
Texans
1
1.27 mil
1.27 mil
OLB/ST
26
Eagles
1
1.27 mil
1.27 mil
DT
31
Bears
1
--- mil
--- mil
CB/S
33
Patriots
1
850K
850K
OLB
27
Dolphins
1
920 K
920 K
WR
27
Dolphins
1
--- mil
--- mil
ILB
26
Dolphins
1
--- mil
--- mil

 

 

DRAFT GRADES

ESPN+ (Mel Kiper)

Draft Grade: A-
top needs: DE, WR, OLB

The Dolphins came into this draft with an extra first- and-second-round pick (added a valuable 2023 first-rounder) and had clear needs to fill. They had to get some receiving help for Tua Tagovailoa. They needed a young, talented pass-rusher to put into their edge-rushing rotation. And if they are going to move Robert Hunt to guard full-time, they had to draft a potential starter at offensive tackle.

That's why I like what general manager Chris Grier did. Tagovailoa struggled as a rookie last season, but there should be no way he averages 6.3 yards per attempt again in 2021. The addition of No. 5 overall pick Jaylen Waddle (and free-agent signing Will Fuller V) means he now has multiple playmakers to run after the catch and to target on deep balls. Waddle was the fifth-ranked player on my board. Jaelan Phillips (18) is a silky-smooth edge rusher with the physical traits to average 10 sacks per season. As I wrote Thursday night, he likely would have been a top-10 pick if he didn't have an injury history.

I really liked their Day 2 haul as well. Jevon Holland (36) will compete to start at free safety. Liam Eichenberg (42) has a good chance to be their Day 1 right tackle in place of Hunt; he was a three-year starter at left tackle for Notre Dame. Tight end Hunter Long (81) is an awesome player who will compete as a blocker and catch a few passes up the seam. He's one of my favorites in this class, and he's a nice complement for Mike Gesicki, who had 703 receiving yards last season.

Grier didn't have any picks in Rounds 4, 5 or 6, but seventh-round pick Larnel Coleman (231) has a chance to stick on the team as a swing tackle. I thought he might go in Round 5.

Looking at this roster, I don't think it's far away from being a Super Bowl contender, and the Dolphins hit their major needs. The other major bonus is that they ended up moving down three spots from No. 3 after some maneuvering and picked up that 2023 first-round pick. This is a stellar class overall, and the AFC East is going to be a fun race in 2021

 

Sporting News (TSN)
Grade: A

Draft picks: Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Miami EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg, Boston College TE Hunter Long, UMass OT Larnel Coelman, Cincinnati RB Gerrid Doaks

This was another great draft for Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier. Waddle keeps improving the big-play potential Around Tua Tagovailoa and Eichenberg should be his new starting right tackle. Long will help as a run blocker and additional receiver. Phillips will thrill Flores rushing the passer from several places in his front seven. Despite limited overall quantity, the quality was hard to beat with most key needs met.

 

Next Gen Stats

 

ESPN+ (Todd McShay)

I'm not sure there was a tougher team to pick a favorite for than the Dolphins. As I mentioned above, Miami's first five picks over the course of three rounds were all guys who I had ranked in my top 60. It was a masterful Thursday and Friday for general manager Chris Grier. But ultimately, I went with the Dolphins' first pick. I love DeVonta Smith, but if you are good with Waddle's medical reports, then Waddle has every bit of an argument as the better receiver in terms of NFL potential.

Waddle is the most elusive player in the class, with the lateral movement, explosion and vision to chew up turf after the catch and the deep-ball tracking and elite speed to make vertical plays downfield. Those are two areas where Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa excels. Tagovailoa likes to distribute the ball out of run-pass options and quick-game throws, but he also has the touch to hit deep. And I expect this duo to dominate in those areas. Need proof? Turn on the 2018-19 tape from Alabama, when Tagovailoa and Waddle connected for 48 catches, 798 yards and seven scores -- including 15 completions for at least 20 yards.

Miami edge rusher Jaelan Phillips and Boston College tight end Hunter Long also were under consideration. Phillips has a lot of power, long arms and versatility, while Long makes a ton of contested catches. I think Long could end up being a steal in Round 3; he is a complete player who has great hands and is tough after the catch.

 

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)
Draft Grade: A

Best pick: First-round receiver Jaylen Waddle will give them a Tyreek Hill-type of threat in the passing game. He was their guy as the top receiver on their board, and they got him.

Worst pick: I like second-round safety Jevon Holland, but I would have gone with Trevon Moehrig in that spot. Again, that's nitpicking.

The skinny: I love their draft. Chris Grier did a great job, starting with Waddle and adding a lot of quality players after that. The key will be how well edge Jaelen Phillips, their second first-round pick, shows up in the pass rush. Getting a right tackle in Liam Eichenberg was big, too.

 

Chris Simms
Draft grade: Killed it.

Unreal draft for the Dolphins. Waddle, Phillips, Holland, and now Liam Eichenberg. Four surefire big time contributors, each of them can help right now. The Dolphins are incredible with their team building. Grier and Flores continue to crush it. Holland is a heat seeking missile safety.*

 

FMIA (Peter King)

Miami picked four scouts’ darlings in the first three rounds: wideout Jaylen Waddle (six), edge-rusher Jaelan Phillips (18), tackle Liam Eichenberg (42) and tight end Hunter Long (81). If Tua can play, this team’s going to be dangerous.

 

Pro Football Focus
Draft Grade: B+

Day 1: Like the Bengals, the Dolphins reunite their starting quarterback with a former wide receiver teammate. Jaylen Waddle arrives in Miami with experience catching passes from Tua Tagovailoa. He is an explosive play waiting to happen, whether it’s on a bubble screen or a post route. He is the elite burner receiver of the entire draft class and rounds out the Dolphins’ receiving corps.

Jaelan Phillips boasts the best production of any edge rusher in this class, and if medical concerns weren’t a factor, he could have come off the board much earlier. He recorded 42 quarterback pressures on 542 snaps last season for Miami but has already had to walk away from the game once due to concussion issues. As a result, he has less than 1,000 career college snaps to his name. There are concerns, but Miami is playing with house money with all of their draft capital and can afford to take that kind of gamble.

Day 2: Miami makes Jevon Holland the first safety off the board, shocking many who had TCU’s Trevon Moehrig projected as a sure-fire first-rounder. Holland, who can also play cornerback, was an excellent coverage player for Oregon over two high-level seasons of play. Miami needs help at safety after stacking their cornerback depth chart over the past year, and this goes a long way toward achieving that.

One of the top tackles in the country, Liam Eichenberg might not be quite as spectacular a prospect as some of the other players at his position, but he improved significantly in PFF grade every season of his college career, culminating in an 89.9 overall mark in 2020. Eichenberg didn’t surrender a sack in either of the past two seasons, and he gives the Dolphins some real competition at a position they’ve already invested significantly in without seeing clear and certain results yet.

Even with Mike Gesicki on the roster, Long fills the need for a true inline tight end. He was a volume target at Boston College — head and shoulders the best receiving option for the Eagles over the last couple of seasons. He does a lot of different things at a very good level and can help in a few different roles, he just might not have the requisite athleticism to be a difference-maker.

 

David Jeremiah

 

Yahoo Sports (Eric Edholm)
Grade: B

The Dolphins’ 2020 draft had a safe feel to it. They went for fit and reached on a few picks. There were very few trades once the draft process was in motion. In 2021, however, Miami got aggressive up high. The Waddle and Phillips picks are swings for the fences. Phillips, in particular, carries big risk, but we get the upside if his character and medical evaluations were thoroughly vetted. Day 2 was more passive, and the picks were more conservative. Overall, Miami filled holes but might have left a few shells in the chamber in not grabbing one of the top four or five running backs.

 

USA Today (Nate Davis)
Grade: B

Did they get too cute with their circuitous route from No. 3 to No. 6? TBD. But this much is sure: Despite a sensible near-term commitment to help second-year QB Tua Tagovailoa, neither Pitts nor Chase is walking through that door. It will be a moot point if WR Jaylen Waddle, a teammate of Tagovailoa's at Alabama, becomes the second coming of Tyreek Hill, to whom he's been compared. And, collectively, first-round DE Jaelan Phillips, second-round S Jevon Holland and OT Liam Eichenberg and third-round TE Hunter Long could form a strong class. But the Fins' future considerations could have a hard time compensating for the immediate opportunity cost.

 

The Draft Network
Grade: A

Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips, Jevon Holland, and Liam Eichenberg were all top-five players at their position, with Phillips as EDGE1, Waddle as WR2, Holland as SAF2, and Eichenberg as OT5. This was a great draft for the ‘Phins.

 

Sports Illustrated (Conor Orr)
Grade: A-

There were few of us out there who missed badly on projecting Miami’s first round based on their most glaring needs. Trading back into the top 10 almost locked them into a top wide receiver. Keeping the 18th pick almost guaranteed them an edge rusher. They did not disappoint. This will be a formative draft for Chris Grier and Brian Flores, who have already transformed the Dolphins into a relevant division power player but now have to shift the gear into a team dripping with playmaking talent good enough to consistently compete with Buffalo and New England. Their picks reflected as much; a mix of top-end skill and speed, with high risk-reward potential (Jaylen Waddle and Jaelan Phillips) and a handful of safer bets that should be able to contribute right away. Liam Eichenberg and Hunter Long will not be as frequently discussed but could serve as foundational blocks that, if they play up to their potential, will go a long way toward rounding out the operation. While much of the success of this team hangs in the balance of Tua Tagovailoa’s left arm, there is little else Miami could have done.

 

Athlon Sports

Objective Achieved: Added support for Tua Tagovailoa
Tagovailoa is thrilled to be reunited with former college teammate, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. Offensive tackles Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame) and Larnel Coleman (UMass) will help keep Tagovailoa upright, Boston College tight end Hunter Long also will be an option in the passing game, while Cincinnati running back Gerrid Doaks could be a nice sleeper pick. The Dolphins also decided to keep Miami (Fla.) edge rusher Jaelean Phillips in town, they added Oregon safety Jevon Holland, but where's the new blood at linebacker?

 

Lance Zierlein (NFL.COM)

(Chris Grier) is becoming one of my favorite executives in the league because he knows how to get up and down in the draft. They’re swinging for the fences with Jaylen Waddle and Jaelan Phillips. Waddle is unguardable over all three levels of the field.”

 

Bucky Brooks (NFL.COM)

They not only have prototype dimensions, but they’re really good, productive players. I like what they’re putting together in Miami. These new guys should push them over the top.

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