- Fins cut Grimes The Fins release CB Brent Grimes, freeing $6.5 million in cap space
- Mario Williams signed DE Mario Williams signs a 2 years deal with the Fins
- Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins swap 1st round picks with the Eagles for CB Maxwell and LB Alonso
- Adam Gase hired Coach Gase was hired as head coach of the Dolphins
Fin’s Draft – Final Thoughts
Ok, so I have had a little time to digest this year’s Dolphin draft. I generally try to take a day or two to avoid knee jerk reactions. Initially, I was underwhelmed. But now that I’ve thought on it, I’ve realized that this draft was ok. Not great, but not terrible either.
In the first round I think James will be the immediate starter on the right side of the line. I don’t see him as a dominating, Pro Bowler type. Think more along the lines of a Todd Wade or Vernon Carey type. I still think Miami could of traded down 5-10 spots and landed him, making him somewhat of a reach in my opinion. But if he can solidify the right tackle position, I’ll be happy.
In the second and third rounds, the Fins traded back and forth multiple times. Overall, I think the Fins may have lost some trade value here as they selected WR Jarvis Landry out of LSU and then traded back up for Turner.
For the record, I have no problem with this selection. Landry is a superb route runner, and has hands of glue. While he does not having blazing speed, his skill set is perfect for a WCO. If Landry becomes another OJ McDuffie type receiver, in a year or two no one will remember how much trading went on by Miami leading up to his selection.
In the 3rd round, Miami selected “versitile” OL Billy Turner. You should remember that Coach Philbin used that term last year in describing third round pick Dallas Thomas. But a lot of scouts like Turner, and talked about his high ceiling. I guess we will see if he can break the Miami tradition of selecting offensive linemen in the mid rounds who wash out.
As for day three, I had to work and was unable to watch the draft. I will give a “Thumbs up” for the selection of LB Jordan Tripp. Projected by many to be a 3rd rounder, Miami may have gotten a steal in round 5. Tripp has the size (6’3) and the speed (4.67) instincts, and footwork of a solid LB. Maybe a taller Zach Thomas? (Another 5th round steal.)
Thumbs down would be the selection of Georgia TE Arthur Lynch. Lynch should serve as a decent blocker, but may struggle to get separation at the next level. When I heard the pick announced, I thought to myself, “It’s like we drafted Dion Sims all over again.” But hopefully he can replace TE Michael Egnew, whose play has been almost non-existent.
Like I said, at first I was underwhelmed. It was clear that Miami drafted predominately for need, and this year’s picks were not flashy like last year’s draft. But if Miami solidified their holes with these picks, then what do we really have to complain about?
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