2013 NFL Draft Grades: Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins Draft Grade:
Round 1, #3 – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon – Grade: B
-I like Dion Jordan, but not sure the Dolphins had to trade up this much to land a premier pass rusher. If they traded up this much they probably should have gone with OT Lane Johnson. With them failing to make the Albert trade with KC, they are taking a big risk here.
Round 2, #54 – CB Jamar Taylor, Boise St. – Grade: A+
-Love this pick for the Dolphins, Taylor has a ton of potential and should be a day one starter for them. He will be a huge boost to the secondary and will probably be better than Vontae Davis the CB they traded to land this pick.
Round 3, #77 – OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee – Grade: B+
-The Dolphins needed offensive line help. Thomas looks to be either a RT or guard. If the Dolphins can secure their tackles, Thomas could start at guard for them boosting their line.
Round 3, #93 – CB Will Davis, Utah State – Grade: C+
-I like Will Davis and the Dolphins grabbing another corner, but this is a bit of a reach. Still Davis is a smaller school guy with nice potential and could contribute on special teams early on.
Round 4, #104 – OLB Jelani Jenkins, Florida – Grade: B-
-Nice value pick here, Jenkins could be a valuable back-up and challenge for a starting role in a year.
Round 4, #106 – TE Dion Sims, Michigan State – Grade: B
-Really like this pick for the Dolphins. Dustin Keller was only signed for one year and he’s more of a receiving TE. Sims can be more of the inline blocking TE and help give the Dolphins a big target.
Round 5, #164 – RB Mike Gillislee, Florida – Grade: B-
-Adding a depth back was key and Gillislee was a nice player for them. He may never be a starter, but should at least be a solid complementary back.
Round 5, #166 – K Caleb Sturgis, Florida – Grade: B+
–Dan Carpenter is okay, but he could be upgraded and Sturgis was my top kicker in the draft. He will also be much cheaper than Carpenter.
Round 7, #250 – SS Don Jones, Arkansas St. – Grade: C+
-Adding safety depth was key and Jones is an intriguing project.
-Still not entirely fond of the Dolphins trading up for Dion Jordan, but I like the idea of the pressure he and Cameron Wake could bring if Jordan pans out. The Dolphins did well to add some cornerbacks including one who should start day one. I would have liked to see another offensive lineman, even it if was a later round pick, but Dallas Thomas should find a role on this team. I thought they had some interesting later round depth picks as well. Both Gillislee and Sims could have fairly significant roles. Keeping Sturgis over Carpenter would save the Dolphins a couple of million this year and going forward, which helps Miami given how much they spent in free agency.