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2016 DRAFT
ROUND
PLAYER
POS
COLLEGE
BIO
1 (13) (13)
OT
Mississippi
6'5", 310#, 5.15
2 (7) (38)
CB
Baylor
6'0", 201#, 4.55
3 (10) (73)
RB
Alabama
6'0.5", 210#, 4.45
3 (23) (86)
WR
Rutgers
6'0", 211#, 4.50
6 (11) (186)
WR/KR
Texas Tech
5'6", 165#, 4.35
6 (29) (147)
S
Penn St
5'11.5", 201#, 4.55
7 (2) (223)
QB
W Kentucky
6'3", 213#, 4.95
7 (10) (231)
WR/TE
UCLA
6'2", 231#, 4.60
FA
Lafatyette Pitts
CB
Pitt
 
FA
K
Iowa
FA
Tyler Gray
OLB
Boise St
FA
Akil Blount
ILB
FAMU
FA
Rueben Carter
OG
Toledo
FA
Brandon Shippen
WR
Temple
FA
AJ Hendy
S
Maryland
FA
TE
Florida Tech
FA
WR
Miami
FA
DE
Kentucky
FA
OLB/S
Louisville
FA
Ryan DiSalvo
LS
San Jose St

 

 

 

ESPN INSIDER'S Mel Kiper's Draft Grade

Miami Dolphins: B+

Top needs: CB, RB, G, ILB, DL

Bizarre circumstances, great player. Let's just go with that for the short version of how the Dolphins ended up with arguably the single-best prospect in the draft all the way down at No. 13. Laremy Tunsil has so many natural gifts for the tackle position, it's just now a matter of where he plays. Left side? Right side? Either way, if he's on the field, Miami gets better. Not many people know Xavien Howard, but that's not much of a reach in Round 2 -- he was going to go there. From there, this was all about getting Ryan Tannehill and Adam Gase more weapons. Kenyan Drake is Reggie Bush-lite, Leonte Carroo is a productive threat who can make catches down the field, and Jakeem Grant is a jitterbug who is electric in space if you can get him the ball. Thomas Duarte is one to watch, a hybrid wideout-tight end split who could develop. The Dolphins didn't do much for their defense, but they sure as heck tried to help their QB and ended up with a major steal early in the process. (link)

 


 

 

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS Draft Grade

Miami Dolphins, A-

Day 1: Miami capitalized on the draft’s biggest story by grabbing one of the best players in Tunsil at No. 13 overall. He turned away a top slate of pass-rushers last year to give up only five pressures, and he’s an explosive run-blocker who is capable of moving defenders at the point of attack and finding targets at the second level.

Day 2: The film shows the potential with Howard, whose length and speed make him an intriguing option at outside corner, but there were enough bad plays on tape to give him the No. 16 coverage grade in the class. Drake has good straight-line speed and he can catch the ball out of the backfield (his 2.07 yards per route run ranked third in the class), while also adding kick-return value. Carroo was outstanding on only 363 snaps last year, leading the class with 4.11 yards per route run, dropping only two passes and taking over multiple games (Michigan State comes to mind). He can separate at the intermediate level to add another option to Miami’s passing game.

Day 3: Carroo was drafted a day late as he’s a good intermediate route runner with sure hands and he led all FBS receivers with 4.11 yards per route. Grant picked up more yards after the catch than any receiver in the class, and he adds a playmaking option from the slot. Duarte is a mismatch option of his own as a “move” tight end and his 1.99 yards per route ranked third in the class. Doughty is one of the draft’s most accurate quarterbacks and a worthy late-round selection. (link)


 

ESPN's James Walker's Draft Analysis

Best move: The Dolphins woke up Thursday morning with no inclination that offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil would be available at No. 13. But a bizarre series of events, which included a social media video posted before the draft of Tunsil wearing a gas mask and smoking from a bong, altered his draft stock. Tunsil was the No. 2 player on Miami's board and the team landed him at No. 13. The Dolphins are confident in their background checks on Tunsil. He made his share of mistakes at Ole Miss, but Miami is counting on those bad decisions to be a thing of the past. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered his stamp of approval, and Tunsil fits well with the Dolphins on the field. He will immediately boost an offensive line that struggled with pass protection, giving up 45 sacks last year.

Riskiest move: Can the best move also be the riskiest move? The Dolphins were willing to do what 12 teams in front of them avoided by drafting Tunsil. Based on his red flags from college, there is a boom-or-bust element involved with Miami's first-round pick. Tunsil must prove that he has matured and is ready to move beyond mistakes he made in college. Tunsil says he is coming to Miami with a big chip on his shoulder and will do what it takes to fit in with the team. The overall success of Miami's draft class mostly hinges on Tunsil staying clear of trouble and becoming a franchise building block.

Most surprising move: The Dolphins did not need a wide receiver. This was one of the most stable positions on the team led by Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. All three receivers are productive and age 24 or younger. But Miami still loaded up on the position fairly early by taking Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo in the third round. What is even more interesting is the Dolphins traded up with the Minnesota Vikings to get Carroo, which shows how much the team likes him. Miami gave up a sixth-round pick this year and a third- and fourth-round pick in 2017. General manager Chris Grier likes Carroo's toughness and says he believes his "alpha" personality will help him fit with the Dolphins' receiver group. The Dolphins took a second receiver, Jakeem Grant, in the sixth round.

File it away: Third-round pick Kenyan Drake could be a nice, under-the-radar find for the Dolphins. Drake was the backup running back at Alabama to Derrick Henry, who won a Heisman Trophy. But Drake is an explosive running who averaged 6.4 yards per carry last season. He's also versatile and good catching out of the backfield and should provide a good change of pace for bigger running back Jay Ajayi.

Thumbs up or Thumbs down: The Dolphins landed arguably the best player in the draft at No. 13 overall in offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Despite his baggage, Tunsil should make an immediate impact and has the potential to become a future Pro Bowler if he stays clear of trouble. Second-round pick Xavien Howard should start at cornerback in Week 1, and running back Drake and receiver Carroo also have a chance to contribute right away on offense. (link)


 

CBS SPORTS Pete Prisco's Draft Grade

Best pick: They moved back form No. 8 to 13 in a trade with the Eagles earlier this offseason and still landed one of the top players in the draft in tackle Laremy Tunsil. Yes, he has some questions off the field but he is a dominant player.

Questionable move: Taking Tunsil is still a move that will be questioned. He will be watched closely in his first few years off the field.

Third-day gem: Sixth-round receiver Jakeem Grant is tiny, but he can fly. He might be able to add a speed threat to the offense, but especially as a return man.

Analysis: They landed four good players with their first four picks. In addition to Tunsil, they got corner Xavien Howard, running back Kenyan Drake and receiver Leante Carroo. That's a good haul for general manager Mike Tannenbaum and gang.

Grade: B+ (link)


 

SI's Chris Burke

Grade: B

First pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (No. 13)

Other notable picks: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor (38); Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama (73); Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers (86)

Overall, just a strange draft for the Dolphins, starting with Tunsil’s gas mask bong-induced drop to them at No. 13. They were wise to stop his slide right there, because he still could be the very best player in this class. (Hopefully, they keep him at left tackle despite saying they may try him at guard.) Everything else was a beauty-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder proposition. Was the highly inconsistent  Howard worth trading up for in the second round? Was Drake the right call at RB when Kenneth Dixon, Devontae Booker and others were available? The Dolphins also traded up for Carroo, despite a rather well-stocked WR group and drafted 5' 6" slot guy Jakeem Grant. There may not be a safe pick in Miami’s entire class, which either will be a great thing or a terrible one down the line.​ —CB (link)


 

WALTERFOOTBALL Draft Grade

Grade: C+
Goals Entering the 2016 NFL Draft: The Dolphins don't strike me as the smartest organization. They covet Ezekiel Elliott, yet they moved down below some teams that will strongly consider him, all for an overpaid cornerback and an injury-prone linebacker. It'll take a miracle for Elliott to fall to No. 13, so Miami will have to settle on a cornerback. The running back, guard and linebacker positions will all have to be addressed later. A young quarterback would also make a ton of sense.
2016 NFL Draft Accomplishments: It's amazing how things work out sometimes. The Dolphins agreed to a completely senseless trade with the Eagles prior to the draft, moving down five spots for a pair of lemons. Doing so all but ensured that one of the blue-chip players wouldn't fall to them at No. 13. Well, we all know what happened. Bong-gate shook up the entire 2016 NFL Draft, prompting Laremy Tunsil to drop right into Miami's lap. It's truely better to be lucky than good sometimes.

So, the Dolphins started well, but how would they finish? Not well, actually. Seemingly addicted to stupid trades, Miami needlessly moved up twice. The first occasion wasn't very egregious, as it was for Xavien Howard. However, it wasn't a necessary move, considering all of the cornerbacks still available. The second occasion was the real killer though, as the Dolphins relinquished third- and fourth-round choices in 2017 - a better class - for Leonte Carroo, a player who didn't fill any sort of need.

If it wasn't for Tunsil, the Dolphins would be in C- or even "D" territory. However, they can thank their lucky stars that someone set out to ruin Tunsil's career. That's the only way the Dolphins can draft well, apparently. (link)


 

USA TODAY'S Lindsey Jones

Grade: B+
Analysis: The Dolphins might have landed the steal of the first round thanks to Mississippi OT Laremy Tunsil’s bizarre first-round fall. Now the Dolphins face questions on where to play him, as he will continue to have to deal with some complicated off-field baggage. But he immediately improves the offensive line, and Miami gets credit for also addressing other major needs: cornerback (Baylor's Xavien Howard in the second round) and running back (Alabama's Kenyan Drake in the third). (link)


 

ROTOWORLD'S Evan Silva

Overview: CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso are included in Miami's haul after they were acquired in a pre-draft trade with Philadelphia. At No. 13, Dolphins VP of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum happily stopped Tunsil's slide for a confusing and ultimately innocuous social media mishap. Miami traded up for Carroo, surrendering a sixth-rounder (186) plus third- and fourth-round picks in 2017 in exchange for No. 86. (That cost was quite high for a projected fourth receiver.) A press-man prospect, Howard should get a chance to start early for a Dolphins team in severe need of cornerback help. Sixth-rounder Lucas will also be auditioned at press corner after spending most of his time at safety for the Nittany Lions. Drake isn't a feature back candidate, but he should become a useful change-of-pace option behind Jay Ajayi. For me, 5-foot-6 Grant and non-NFL-prospect Doughty were throwaway picks. I did like the Duarte flyer late; a college wideout, Duarte averaged 16.8 yards per catch in his career at UCLA. Although this was an above-average class, the Dolphins' grade is lowered by their loss of second- and early third-day picks in next year's draft.

Grade: C (link)


REAL SPORTS

Miami’s excellent draft started when every team in front of them got cold feet with Laremy Tunsil. By now I’m sure you know what happened to Tunsil, just 10 minutes before the draft kicked off a video of him taking a gas mask bong hit surfaced online and teams panicked. Despite being the #1 player on some boards, and a consensus top 5 pick teams simply didn’t want to touch him after that – apparently Baltimore took Tunsil off their board entirely.

But lets look at this reasonably. If this video had surfaced during the combine, or even a week before the draft most teams wouldn’t have cared. There are plenty of players who have smoked weed at one point or another, and while there are some cases of players who struggle to keep their excesses in check, most are fine. Tunsil’s physical ability and on-field talent are impeccable. Chicago, Tennessee, Jacksonville and San Diego all let an elite blind side prospect pass them by over a video they would have disregarded  had it come out at a different time. Miami might have a left tackle already in Branden Albert but he is an injury risk and getting up there in age, now they have the future ready to go.

After taking Tunsil they filled a huge need with Xavien Howard and then got a backfield weapon that I love in Kenyan Drake. That should be a pair of solid starters picked on day 2 along with Leonte Carroo, a Rutgers wide receiver who should be a useful addition to the Miami passing game.

Day 3 is one of filling the roster and adding depth, that’s what Miami did with their 4 picks, improving their receiver depth, adding another DB and a potential back-up for Tannehill.

I’m a big fan of this draft class, from their Best Player Available philosophy in the first round to snagging one of my favourite day 2 players in Drake. Miami got in what they needed, and while there are no guarantees in the draft Miami walked away with their pockets full of talent.
Grade A+ (link)


The Sports Xchange (UPI)

The Dolphins stopped Laremy Tunsil's slide at No. 13 overall and deserve kudos for nabbing arguably the draft's elite talent at this relatively late point, but there should be some concern as to where he fits best. The Dolphins have invested a lot in current tackles Branden Albert and Juwan James, and Tunsil has never played guard. It is fair to question his commitment, at this point, as well. Miami took exciting athletes and clean schematic fits throughout day two and three, as well, nabbing lanky press corner Xavien Howard, the explosive and agile Kenyan Drake to complement bruising Jay Ajayi at No. 73 and the playmaking Leonte Carroo in the third round, as well. At just 5 feet 6, 165 pounds, Jakeem Grant lacks NFL size but certainly not speed, reportedly clocking under 4.20 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Texas Tech's Pro Day.

Grade: B- (link)

 


 

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY (PFW)'S Kevin Fishbain

Best pick: Alabama RB Kenyan Drake (Round 3, Pick 73) — All the talk rightfully focused on Derrick Henry, but Drake has fantastic, game-breaking speed and as a third-round pick, the Dolphins got good value in someone who can help in the backfield, which is a huge need, as well as in the return game.

Most controversial pick: OT Laremy Tunsil (Round 1, Pick 13) — This also could be considered the best pick, for the Dolphins to get who some believed is the top talent in the entire draft all the way at No. 13. The controversy shouldn’t focus on Tunsil himself, but the people who he has surrounded himself with, and the fact that the Draft Night story will follow him for a while in Miami until he performs on the field. Great value for a great player, but there will be an intense focus on how he handles everything moving forward.

Needs remaining: Mario Williams replaced Olivier Vernon on the edge, and Damontre Moore is an intriguing reserve option to replace Derrick Shelby, but Williams and Cameron Wake are at the tail ends of their respective careers and the Dolphins didn’t get any pass-rush depth via the draft.

Rating: Thumbs Up — Despite the controversy that follows, getting Tunsil was a great pick at No. 13, and Miami grabbed a nice receiver in Round 3 with Leonte Carroo.


 

 

SUN SENTINEL'S Dave Hyde
Sports Columnist
The grade: A
The comment: I haven't given a Dolphins draft a high grade in years, but there's nothing to complain about this one. They have so many needs and stocked the team with good picks. They got lucky and reacted smartly with Laremy Tunsil, an elite blocker who solves the guard issue this year and the future tackle issue. Xavien Howard is a quality cornerback ready to start. Adam Gase got good players to fit his offense and cause match-up problems. Right down the line, this draft made perfect sense. (link)


 

SUN SENTINEL'S Omar Kelly
Dolphins Writer/Columnist
The grade: B-
The comment: The Dolphins started the draft strong, picking up one of the top talents in offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, and adding three players in the second day – cornerback Xavien Howard, tailback Kenyan Drake and receiver Leonte Carroo - who are sleepers and could be impactful. But the day three selections fizzled – many of them probably won’t even make the 53-man roster - and Miami made a number of scratch-your-head trades. Hard to imagine the Dolphins couldn’t have waited on the players they selected. (link)


 

SUN SENTINEL'S Chris Perkins
Dolphins Writer
The grade: C+
The comment: The Dolphins said they would stick to their draft board and that’s what they did. I like that. As you know, I don’t agree with the first-round pick (OT Laremy Tunsil) because I think the team should have served a need instead of going for Best Player Available. Still, he’s an outstanding talent, and, no, I don’t care about the video. There were lots of trades. We’ll see on CB Xavien Howard and WR Leonte Carroo, but I like RB Kenyan Drake. Overall, there were eight draftees, six on offense. I don’t like that, either, but they seemed to get good talent. (link)


 

SUN SENTINEL'S David Selig
Sports Editor
The grade: B
The comment: Getting a projected top-five talent like Laremy Tunsil at No. 13 is what makes this a successful draft. Overall, it seemed like the Dolphins preferred to take their swings aiming for home run values instead of building depth with more predictable commodities. And, as is always the case, we need to wait and see if any make it out of the park before we can give a real grade. A few points docked for shipping away future picks, but keep in mind the Dolphins could receive a couple mid-round compensatory picks next year. (link)


 

SUN SENTINEL'S Keven Lerner
Online Sports Editor
The grade: B+
The comment: Tunsil is the steal of the draft and they clearly took best available player over need picks, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a 6-10 team. The pick of Tunsil even though it wasn’t necessarily a need, will bolster an offensive line that allowed an NFL-worst 149 sacks the past three years. Love the Xavien Howard pick, too. (link)


 

SUN SENTINEL'S Steve Svekis
Multimedia Reporter
The grade: B
The comment: If Laremy Tunsil can make a step forward in maturity, the Dolphins may have gotten a steal who could perhaps conjure images of Richmond Webb. If not, he may conjure images of Dion Jordan. Offensive-minded new coach Adam Gase did what he could to help quarterback Ryan Tannehill with six of the eight selections going to that side of the ball. The offensive line looks as strong at the end of a draft as it has in a number of years. (link)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 DRAFT
ROUND
PLAYER
POS
COLLEGE
BIO
1 (8)
Ryan Tannehill
QB
Texas A&M
6'6", 241#, 4.9
2 (10)
Jonathan Martin
RT
Stanford
6'5", 312#, 5.27
3 (9)
Olivia Vernon
DE
The U
6'2", 261#, 4.8
3 (15)
Michael Egnew
TE
Missouri
6'5", 252#, 4.62
4 (8)
Lamar Miller
RB
The U
5'11", 212#, 4.4
5 (20)
Josh Kaddu
OLB
Oregon
6'3", 239#, 4.65
6 (13)
BJ Cunningham
WR
Michigan St
6'1", 211#, 4.59
7 (8)
Kheeston Randall
DT
Texas
6'4", 293#, 5.0
7 (20)
Rishard Matthews
WR
Nevada
6'0", 217#, 4.62
FA
Jeff Fuller
WR
Texas A&M
6'3", 223#, 4.53
FA
Derek Moye
WR
Penn St
6'4", 209-#, 4.52
FA
Jonas Gray
RB
Notre Dame
5'9", 223#, 4.55
FA
Jacquies Smith
DE
Missouri
6'3", 253#, 4.77
FA
Chas Alecxih
DT
Pitt
6'4", 296#, 5.41
FA
Terence Brown
C
BYU
6'4", 318#, 5.05
FA
Josh Samuda
OC
U Mass
6'3", 312#, 5.1
FA
Derek Dennis
OC
Temple
6'3", 315#, 5.44
FA
Dustin Waldron
OC
Portland St
6'5", 305#, 5.32
FA
Kelcie McCray
SS
Arkansas St
6'2", 202#, 4.52
FA
Albert Evans
SS
Purdue
6'0", 209#, 4.74

 

GRADING THE DRAFT

 

CBS Sports - Pete Prisco

Grade: B+

Best pick: Third-round tight end Michael Egnew has the ability to split out and create matchup problems. He's what you want in a tight end.

Questionable move: Taking Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick is a risk. He has tools, but limited starts. Did they overdraft because of the need at the position?

Third-day gem: Running back Lamar Miller might have some shoulder issues, but he is an explosive runner. The Dolphins might have nailed a special back.

Analysis: The draft will be graded on the Tannehill pick in the long run. If their analysis is accurate, and he's a franchise passer, this will be a really nice draft. If not, well, this regime won't be around long. I liked what they did after Tannehill a lot. But he is this draft.

 

ESPN Insider - Mel Kiper

Top needs:

  • QB, WR, DE, T/G, S

Grades:

  • Needs: B
  • Value: D+
  • Overall: C

Summary: On my final Big Board, Ryan Tannehill was my 19th-ranked player. The Dolphins got him at No. 8, and probably felt like they couldn't move down. If he's your guy, you take him and live with it. Tannehill is all projection. My worry for him is he needs more game experience, but Miami can't put him out there as a rookie with the hope of being competitive. Remember, this team went 6-3 over its final nine games. Jonathan Martin isn't a bad get at all in the second round. But again, he won't help the team much in 2012. Olivier Vernon doesn't have a high ceiling, but targets a need. Michael Egnew was my No. 4 tight end, and has solid athleticism. He's 6-foot-5, but can run in the mid-4.5 range. Lamar Miller is a great late value; he has some explosiveness and provides some insurance if Reggie Bush gets dinged. Tannehill's success or failure will define this draft -- no way around it.

 

ESPN Insider - Todd McShay

Grade = (did not grade any team)

Impact pick: OT Jonathan Martin (second) -- He should push for the right tackle job, where Martin would offer an upgrade opposite standout LT Jake Long. The Dolphins are moving to a fast-paced, college-style offense and aren't looking for the traditional mauler at right tackle, so Martin fits with his agility, stamina and lean muscle. This is a great fit for him, and he has the chance to become an immediate contributor.

Intriguing picks:

  • TE Michael Egnew (third), RB Lamar Miller (fourth)
  • The college teams that are most successful with fast-paced offenses have speed and depth at the skill positions, so Egnew and Miller could be good additions. Egnew is a tall, lean H-back type who was productive in college and shows the body control to adjust and catch balls over his head. His size will allow him to create mismatches in the passing game. Miller was a great value in the fourth round, and with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas already on the roster, Miller will only need to contribute in a rotation and provide some big-play ability. He is the fastest back in this year's class and could bring an added dimension with his ability to make one cut and immediately get to top speed.
 

FF Toolbox

Grade = A (4th best rank)

Based on our top 100 rankings, we review each NFL team and give them a score. The #1 ranked player gives the team 100pts, #2 99pts, #3 98pts, etc. We list only their draft picks which were in our top 100 big board. Of course our top 100 list, like any, is flawed, but it is one way we can measure the success of each teams' draft. This doesn't take into consideration needs met -- that will come in subsequent articles.

Drafted:

  • 1.08 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M Ranked #19
  • 2.10 Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford Ranked #18
  • 4.02 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Ranked #33
 

NFL DRAFT SCOUTS - Rob Rang

Grade = C-

General manager Jeff Ireland has made a career of patiently looking for singles and doubles in the first round while waiting until the second to land quarterbacks, but by investing in Ryan Tannehill at No. 8 overall, the Dolphins swung for the fences. Clearly Tannehill is a gamble; he has limited experience, but his 19 career starts at quarterback came in new Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's offense. Not even Andrew Luck can boast that familiarity with his NFL team's scheme. I do like the pick, but Tannehill had better be good, because the Dolphins didn't help he or incumbent starter Matt Moore much the rest of the way through the draft. Athletic front seven defenders Olivier Vernon and Josh Kaddu have upside but are raw. Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was a solid value selection in the second, as was Miami running back Lamar Miller in the fourth but for a team that traded away the only game-breaking receiver they had in Brandon Marshall, not enough was done to improve the Dolphins' receiving corps.

 

ROTOWORLD - Chris Wesseling

Grade = B

Tannehill was the right pick for a franchise desperately in need of a potential franchise signal-caller. Martin fills a need but will struggle on the right side due to his lack of strength. Miller doesn’t play on third downs or in the red zone, but he’s explosive between the 20s. Vernon is one the mid-round’s most intriguing pass rushers. New coach Joe Philbin believes he can get by with a committee approach at wide receiver. While Cunningham and Matthews have late-round steal potential, the Dolphins still lack a Jordy Nelson, much less a Greg Jennings. Egnew was overdrafted.

 

SI.COM - Chris Burke

Grade = B-

This all depends on how much you believe in Ryan Tannehill. I’m on the fence, and especially suspect of his value at No. 8. Jonathan Martin has work to do to start at right tackle, but he was a bargain at 42. The wild card here is TE Michael Egnew (78), who will have to play a key role, since Miami more or less neglected the receiver spot.

 

The Sporting News

Grade = B

They went for the extreme makeover, offensive edition. It's just Tannehill is a big wild card.

 

WALTER FOOTBALL.COM

Grade = B

Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft: Just like no one wants to play for the Browns, NFL players are avoiding the Dolphins. The owner is not a football guy, while the general manager asks prospects if their mother is a whore. This Miami franchise is in complete disarray and needs help everywhere, particularly on offense. Improving the pass rush is also a must.

2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments: I think the Dolphins had a good draft. Whether anyone thinks Ryan Tannehill will be a bust is irrelevant; it's a move Miami had to make. This franchise couldn't go into the season with Matt Moore and David Garrard as the only legitimate starting options. The fans would have revolted, and no one would have shown up to the games. Not signing Drew Brees, passing on Matt Ryan, and drafting busts in Chad Henne and John Beck has forced the Dolphins into taking a chance on Tannehill. And who knows? Maybe he'll receive good enough coaching that he'll be able to play to his talent level and succeed.

Once the Dolphins obtained Tannehill, they had to find weapons for him. Jonathan Martin was a great value selection in the middle of the second round; he should be an instant upgrade over the beleaguered Marc Colombo at right tackle. Michael Egnew was a reach, but is probably the best pass-catching tight end on the roster. Lamar Miller wasn't really necessary, but Reggie Bush has been injury-prone in the past. He was an exceptional get in the fourth round.

The one issue I have with Miami's draft is that the front office waited way too long to address the receiver position. Who's the No. 1 wideout? Brian Hartline? Davone Bess? Clyde Gates? B.J. Cunningham? Tannehill probably shouldn't play this year because the wideout corps is really dismal.

On the bright side, the Dolphins defense countered the losses of Kendall Langford and Yeremiah Bell with a potentially upgraded pass rush, thanks to the Olivier Vernon and Josh Kaddu selections.

 

 

 

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