Well, the draft is over and done with, and the undrafted players have already latched on.
After the dust has settled, the Dolphins–with the worst linebacking corps in the NFL–added one linebacker. One. Not a typo.
So here’s who we have:
Charles Harris OLB
Raekwon McMillan LB
Cordrea Tankersley CB
Isaac Asiata OG
Davon Godchaux DT
Vincent Taylor DT
Isaiah Ford WR
We’ve already discussed Harris, who could be great or he might not ever see the field for a while. Every single year we hear how the latest Dolphins defensive coordinator is going to limit Cameron Wake and not let him play as much. And then by Week 3, they realize just how irreplaceable Wake is, and they let him play again. Maybe Harris is finally the one who, when Wake needs a rest, comes in and fills Wake’s shoes adequately.
McMillan is a fine player AND he plays a position we need. A+ on that pick.
Tankersley is a head scratcher. I have no problem a DB, but most of the scouts say this kid is raw, handsy (will get too many PI’s called against him), and slow to react on running plays. Is he any better than Bobby McCain?
Asiata breaks my dream of an all defensive draft, but I can’t complain. I see him starting on opening day. He has a ferocity to him that we lack. When I picture Larmey Tunsil, I see a bong mask. When I picture Ju’Wuan James, I see a big happy smile. When I see Asiata, I see a mean motherf’er. I’m really glad we re-sign Jermon Bushrod, and now Asiata can play left guard and Bushrod on the right. That leaves Anthony Steen at center, and James and Tunsil at tackle. Not bad at all, especially with Kraig Urbick and Ted Larsen as experienced backups. Am I forgetting anyone?
Next we took a couple of defensive tackles to go along with Suh and Jordan Phillips. These are depth picks, and we didn’t get much productive from our DTs in 2016. Although they are not glamorous picks, I have to appreciate that Dolphin management took a chance at upgrading some depth at a position that, if Suh ever goes down, we have nothing else. We’d be dead in the water, so some backup was needed.
And then, as we all knew would happen, the Dolphins just couldn’t go without drafting a WR…just to piss me off. Right after the draft, we also chose a ton of undrafted players, like every team does. Among them were 5 other WRs. Why not simply wait and chose Isaiah Ford as an undrafted free agent, instead of wasting a draft pick on him? It’s not like anyone wanted him and we were in danger of losing him. He was on nobody’s radar. We should have snagged some hungry linebacker prospect
Here are just a few of the many players the Dolphins chose after the draft. Ford should have been on this list:
OT Eric Smith
RB De’Veon Smith, Michigan
WR Drew Morgan
WR Francis Owusu
WR Damore’ea Stringfellow
DE Cameron Malveaux
DE Joby Saint Fleur
LB Praise Martin-Oguik
LB Chase Allen
CB Torry McTyer
CB Maurice Smith
P Matt Haack
Please Note: Many of these “signings” are not official yet, and many have just been “reported” by word of mouth from the player talking to a friend, or posted it on Facebook, for example. Treat all the names as rumors until the Miami Dolphins officially announce something.