Well, the draft is here and gone. (The next event on the horizon is the schedule release on May 12).
We’ve commented a lot the last few days, but here is my overall take. It’s on odd way to break things down, but this is a precedent: I love the players we selected, and I don’t think there are any duds. HOWEVER, the timing, trading, and gamesmanship that went into these picks leaves me scratching my end and feeling less enthusiastic than I should.
Let’s start with BC toght end Hunter Long. A good player by all accounts. He may be a great pro. but we don’t need him. Might as well draft a shortstop. We don’t need a tight end in a year when Mike Gesicki started to excel, and was complemented well by Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen. Even 4th string Chris Myareck and Cethan Carter (currently 5th string) have potential. Our defense gave up 50+ points to the Bills in the most important game of the year, and we ignored defense to draft a 6th-string TE in the third round? Inexcusably stupid.
But…as I wrote in one of my comments over the weekend…unfortunately this signals that the Dolphins aren’t going to be willing to pay Gesicki when is contract is due after next season. That is the only reason I can think of as to why the Phins drafted a guy they do not need. It’s because they’re gonna be cheap, lose Gesicki, and have this Hunter Long kid step in for a fraction of what Gesicki would earn.
I don’t know. Can YOU think of another reason to bring in a 6th tight end?
Jabril Cox and the rest of the AFC must be laughing at us right now.
So Hunter Long as a player is exciting and has received outstanding reviews. But as a third-round Dolphin when we need defense…a horrible selection.
I’ve already references Jaylen Waddle (and my belief that he would have been there at #12 if we would have stayed put). Yes Chris Grier hit a home run and got us a dynamic TD-producer, but he tipped his cap way too soon and made the trade way too early. He got outfoxed by both Atlanta and the Bengals. As others have said, once waddle starts producing, no one will remember that Grier got conned. But if his stats are far below Kyle Pitts and Ja’Marr Chase, then I’ll revisit this column when the 2021 season ends.
We also got two offensive tackles (one of which we traded up to get). I’m a bit excited about seeing these guys, but admittedly, I was exciting about Michael Dieter, JuWuan James, Billy Turner and others. All these guys who will “finally solidify our line” come and go without solidifying anything. I might have waited until later rounds to grab some other OTs, but again, the critics are heaping praise on the Dolphins for drafting the two guys we took, so what do I know?
Jaelen Phillips is another guy that all the experts say the same exact thing about…he’s a star…but his health is scary. Fingers crossed. 5 or 6 concussions in college may affect him as a Dolphin, or (hopefully) they are a thing of the past.