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T-Rock's Phinfever FFL 2014

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Mel Kiper (ESPN)

2015 DRAFT
ROUND
PLAYER
POS
COLLEGE
BIO
1 (14)
WR
Louisville
6'2.5", 209#, 4.45
2 (52)
DT
Oklahoma
6'5", 329#, 5.17
4 (114)
OG
Arizona St
6'4", 304#, 5.25
5 (145)
CB
Memphis
5'9", 195#, 4.51
5 (149)
RB
Boise St
6'0", 221#, 4.57
5 (150)
FS
Minnesota
6'0", 208#, 4.38
5 (156)
WR/CB
MSU
6'2", 192#, 4.61
FA
Matt Darr
P
Tennessee
 
FA
Mickey Baucus
OT
Arizona
FA
Andrew Franks
K
RPI
FA
Zach Vigil
ILB
Utah St
FA
Jeff Luc
ILB
Cincinatti
FA
Mike Hull
OLB
Penn St
FA
Neville Hewitt
ILB
Marshall
FA
Damarr Aultman
WR
Maine
FA
Michael Liedtke
OT/OG
Illinois St
FA
Tim Semisch
TE
Northern Ill
FA
Kendall Montgomery
DE
Bowling Green
FA
Christian Jones
WR
Alabama
FA
Ellis McCarthy
DT
UCLA
FA
Nigel King
WR
Kansas
FA
David Porter
WR
TCU

 

DRAFT GRADES

Bleacher Report Ty Schalter

This is what desperation to win looks like.

Moving around to stock up on talent that can help them immediately, the Dolphins replaced their dismissed wideouts with the last of the three top receivers (Parker), a sliding big body who can replace Randy Starks (Phillips) and a guard who can continue the rebuilding effort on the offensive line (Douglas).

McCain and Ajayi are swings for the fences: a cornerback with a lot of upside and a clearly talented tailback with a scary knee issue. Lippett was a two-way player in college with the size and hands to be a solid depth option at receiver or corner.

The Dolphins knew what they needed and got it. This "shopping list" draft could get them into the playoffs this year or inspire eye rolls in three years.

Grade: B

 
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco

Best Pick: I love second-round defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. He will be a better NFL player than he showed at Oklahoma. Playing next to Ndamukong Suh will really help his game.

Questionable move: Waiting until the fourth round to pick an offensive lineman on a team that needs help up front.

Third-day gem: Fourth-round pick Jamil Douglas was a tackle at Arizona State last year, but I think he can be a dominant guard, his original position.

Analysis: The Dolphins had a nice draft. Whoever was making the picks -- Dennis Hickey or Mike Tannenbaum -- deserves a lot of credit. First-round pick DeVante Parker will be a nice target for Ryan Tannehill. The first two picks were outstanding.

Grade: A

 
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr

Grade: B

Top needs: WR, G, CB, LB

Analysis: The Dolphins had one of my favorite picks of Round 1, and they didn't have to move to get their guy. DeVante Parker has the chance to be special and fills a clear need for them. I could have seen him going with any of the four picks ahead of Miami -- St. Louis, Minnesota, Cleveland and New Orleans -- so getting him at No. 14 was a good value. Jordan Phillips has first-round physical ability and third-round tape, so landing in Round 2 just about averages things out. The addition of Ndamukong Suh was impactful, but Miami can use the depth behind him or put Phillips and Suh on the field at the same time. If Phillips plays at Suh's effort level on every snap, there's a potential stud here. Jamil Douglas could play right away, given the need at guard, and though I thought Bobby McCain was a bit of a reach given some other cornerbacks available when he was taken, that's splitting hairs again. Jay Ajayi is a tough runner who fell on injury and ball security concerns, but if he's healthy, he can be really good. Tony Lippett is a player I expected to go earlier. If there's a question, it's the lack of a linebacker earlier on. The Parker pick really elevates this draft for me, and they can hope the coin flip on Phillips' becoming really good works out. But ultimately, I see one certainty here, and injury risk in a number of places.

 

NFL.COM's Bryan Fischer

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

The skinny: Parker was some folks' top wideout in the draft and might have been a consensus top player at the position if he weren't injured his final season. The Dolphins liked Parker throughout the draft process and got their guy without giving anything up. That's a win. Phillips might not represent a need for the Dolphins, who signed Ndamukong Suh as a free agent, but he shows flashes of first-round talent, and the team moved back in the draft to get him to boot. There are concerns over Ajayi's knee, but he's a steal in the fifth round as a versatile back who can run between the tackles.

Bottom line: The Dolphins' draft started out well landing a target like Parker, and they grabbed some very solid players

 

RotoWorld's Evan Silva

Overview: Almost all of the players selected here -- particularly Phillips and Ajayi -- brought great value to Miami. I thought Phillips had a realistic shot to be taken on day one, and defensive tackle depth was a definite need behind Ndamukong Suh and Earl Mitchell. I'm not quite as high on Parker as many are, and would've preferred Miami address its glaring cornerback need at No. 14 with either Kevin Johnson or Marcus Peters. I do believe Parker will be a good player, but envision him more as a rich man's Brandon LaFell than A.J. Green. Douglas has all the tools to become a starting left guard in the NFL and fits Miami's zone-run game. McCain is a feisty, playmaking slot corner. Thompson is a tools-based projection who will open his career on special teams, while Lippett is a receiver-to-cornerback project the Fins presumably hope can become their version of Richard Sherman. I thought this draft was solid, but was very surprised Miami didn't place a higher priority on its suspect secondary.

Grade: C+

 

SI's Chris Burke

Grade: A-

Analysis: Picking at Nos. 14 and 52, the Dolphins essentially wound up landing two first-round talents in wide receiver DeVante Parker and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. Hard to believe either guy was available at the spot he was picked. Parker was but a hair (if that) behind Amari Cooper and Kevin White at receiver—both those players were gone by No. 7, with multiple teams in need of a playmaker between No. 8 and Miami's spot. Likewise, Phillips had suitors toward the tail end of round 1 (Indianapolis would have been a match).

Guard Jamil Douglas, cornerback Bobby McCain and in particular running back Jay Ajayi all were welcome finds on Day 3. Concerns over a knee issue lowered Ajayi's stock, but he was well worth a round 5 play.

 

WalterFootball.com

Grade: B

Goals Entering the 2015 NFL Draft: The Vikings and Dolphins have very similar goals. They both need a receiver and a cornerback, but instead of a left tackle and a running back, Miami has to find a guard and a safety.

2015 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Dolphins came away from the draft with a solid class. Its two best picks will help the offense. DeVante Parker was a mini-steal at No. 14, as he was being discussed as a possibility for the Rams (10th), Vikings (11th) and Browns (12th). He can't possibly have worse chemistry with Ryan Tannehill than Mike Wallace did as the team's No. 1 receiver. The other top selection was Jay Ajayi in the fifth round. Ajayi would have gone in the second frame if his knee wasn't "bone on bone," as Mike Mayock described it. If he can get over that issue, he has the ability to emerge as Miami's starting running back.

One area in which the Dolphins disappointed was their inability to find help in the secondary. They waited until the fifth round to take their initial defensive back. I would have gone with a corner or a safety in the second frame instead of the overhyped Jordan Phillips.

Miami had what seemed like a thousand fifth-round choices, and it may have hit on most of them. After Ajayi, the best of the bunch seems like Tony Lippett, who can play both receiver and cornerback. I imagine the Dolphins will be using him at the latter position, given their huge need there.

 

Washington Post Mark Maske

Analysis: The Dolphins did well to get another dangerous receiving option for QB Ryan Tannehill. DeVante Parker was the third wide receiver taken in this draft, after Amari Cooper and Kevin White, and was the right choice for Miami at 14th overall. DT Jordan Phillips, taken in the second round, could be effective if given a chance to play alongside Ndamukong Suh. RB Jay Ajayi might emerge as a superb fifth-round find.

Grade: B

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