Saturday, April 30, 2016
This Dolphins Draft get's an A+ Grade
I know I am often referred to as "Mr. Negative" and I lose around 50 to 100 twitter followers after each Dolphins game because I give honest analysis and people don't like hearing the truth sometimes. With that said, I am very positive on the 2016 Dolphins draft. While I know many fans are upset that the Dolphins traded away two draft picks in the 2017 draft, just remember if those compensatory picks come for Lamar Miller, Olivier Vernon, and Rishard Matthews as expected, the Dolphins will still have a full slate of draft picks and a pick in each round next season. To me, no harm-no foul and I am not going to get stressed out over that.
In Round 2 the Dolphins took Xavien Howard and I get it. Miami is now drafting players that fit their scheme and Howard fits exactly what Miami wants to do. A tall, long armed, fast corner with experience in zone coverage and press coverage. The Dolphins had a need at CB and Howard fits that need. How can you not like this pick?
The bulk of this draft though was investing in and around Ryan Tannehill and letting Adam Gase build his offense with his players going forward. If you are going to give Tannehill a big contract and a lot of money then you need to invest around him. Tannehill has been beaten like a drum and taken too many sacks. Those days are over!! Tunsil solves that problem. People talk about the Cowboys having the best offensive line in football, well if the Dolphins offensive line is healthy they are not far behind and are in the conversation of one of the best 5 offensive lines in the NFL. The Dolphins are 5 deep at WR, 2 deep at RB (and will probably add a Veteran RB at some point), and the Tight End position is as deep as its been in years.
Is this Dolphins team going to win 10 or 11 games this year....HELL NO! That wasn't the goal of this draft. This team is more than 1 year away and more than 1 player away. But the Dolphins solidified their offense for years to come. They fixed the offensive line (FINALLY) and now have a bunch of young, talented, and very fast weapons around Tannehill. The defense will be patch-worked this year. It will have Band-Aid type guys at defensive end and cornerback. Guys who you hope can produce for a year and hold the fort down. This team was a disaster after last season and the few talented players they had left in free agency. It's more than a one year fix. With that said, after this draft I can say with confidence that the offensive side of the football is as strong as its been in many years. The 2 deep depth chart on offense at every position is solid.
As of the time this is being published here is the list of the Undrafted Free Agents Miami has signed.
Lafayette Pitts, cb, Pitt
Marshall Koehn, K, Iowa
Tyler Gray, LB, Boise State
AJ Hendy, DB, Maryland
Ruben Carter, OL, Toledo
Brandon Shippen WR Temple
Akil Blount ILB Florida AM
Ryan DiSalvo LS, San Jose State
Farrington Huguenin, DE Kentucky
James Burgess, LB, Louisville
Rashawn Scott, Wr, UM
Gabe Hughes,TE, Florida Tech