So it’s time to review the 2016 draft from last week, now that the dust has settled and I am over my grieving period about the loss of Jamar Taylor.
So first up is Laremy Tunsil. Right off the bat, we get a taste of controversy, due to the infamous mask-bong video. But once the smoke cleared (pun fully intended), we find ourselves with a helluva player.
I took some time to digest this pick. His football skills qualified him to be the top overall pick. That’s a consensus from every single draft analyst out there. We got perhaps the best overall player in the draft. The negative about him is his moral character.
But as a few of my commenters pointed out, a player’s morals and off-the-field nonsense shouldn’t be a deciding factor. We’re not drafting Boy Scouts here. We’re drafting men whose job is to destroy the enemy in front of him. In that case, who cares if the dude smoked a bowl a few years ago. Tell him to knock it off and get busy on the field.
Joe Philbin seemed obsessed with character. It got us nowhere. When Bush, Long, and Dansby met with Joe Philbin to discuss their opinions, Joe got rid of all three of them eventually. Clueless Joe wanted a team where no one questioned him or challenged him, and again, that led us nowhere. Now we have a huge alpha male with a chip on his shoulder. After a week of speculation, I am happy with the choice of Tunsil. Grade: A+
In the 2nd round, we chose Xavien Howard. (man, can’t we ever draft a Mike or John anymore?) It was great to draft a DB. We had to. Our secondary is the worst part of this team, and the need was clearly there. Howard has the tools to succeed, but the knock on him is his inconsistently. I don’t mind that at all, and let’s hope it can be corrected. He hasn’t signed a contract yet, and already he has tied Jamar Taylor for career interceptions. Grade: B
The next choice was Kenyan Drake, a 2nd-string running back from Alabama, where he was coached by Lying Nick. We had a self-imposed need for a running back because management decided to toss Lamar Miller away. So I guess this could be a decent pick. I cringe every time I hear people talk about Drake’s special teams play. Because when you play on special teams, it means you’re not quite good enough to be on the real team. So did we draft an RB who isn’t good enough to be an RB? Time will tell. Grade: B
Still in the third round , we took Leonte Carroo. (seriously, my God, doesn’t ANYONE have a normal name anymore)? Okay, here’s where my irritation is growing, because we didn’t need to draft a WR. Especially not in the third round. Especially trading up to get to this pick. Carroo is a cocky player who can go up and get the ball. But we have a few of these on the WR crew already, and all indication is that Matt Hazel will step into the role vacated by Rishard Matthews (another mistake letting him go).
Yes, we need some depth at WR and some backups for if the starters are hurt. But it seems a waste to take one so early in the draft (or at all) when we have needs in other key positions. Grade: D.
4th and 5th round picks: None. Management made a lot of little positional trades to stockpile later picks, leaving us with nothing to do most of the day Saturday. Did we need a WR that badly that we gave away the chance to take someone else in the 4th or 5th rounds? Grade: F.
In the 6th round we went with yet another WR. I’m not even writing his name. I mean no disrespect to the young man, but it doesn’t matter who we selected. The point is we took ANOTHER wide receiver when we had no use for one. Stupid selection. Grade F.
Our second Round-6 pick was safety Jordan Lucas. Here Miami gets a higher grade because they again picked a position of need. Another DB who has the same amount of career interceptions as Jamar Taylor. He might not pan out, but I love the move of stockpiling the DBs. Grade: B
Next up, in the 7th round, was local QB Brandon Doughty. Finally the Tannehill haters have something to be intrigued about. He;s not going to supplant Tannehill AND Moore, so why waste a pick on him? Why not take a crack at an unknown DB or LB instead of wasting your penultimate pick on a guy who will assuredly be cut? Grade: D-
And finally, Thomas Duarte a TE from UCLA. Now this one is intriguing. The more I studied this pick the more I like it. I feel this could be the hidden gem. It all depends on Adam Gase’s usage of tight ends. I think Jordan Cameron will be solid in a new system. Dion Sims is the likely backup. Jake Stoneburner showed promise as the 3rd tioght end. So where does Duarte fit in? Seems like a wasted pick, but still I’m hearing nothing but good things. It could be a sleeper. I’m going to grade this pick as a B+ because I think the team might actually have their eyes on something.
Overall Grade: B-
Wasting three picks on positions we don’t need really bothered me. Taking Tunsil really pleased me. Taking some arrogant guys who want to pop someone in the mouth? Priceless. Let’s hope Coach Gase fosters that mentality instead of banning it like Clueless Joe.