• Knowshon Moreno to Fins Knowshon Moreno to Fins RB reportedly signs a one year deal with Miami.
  • Fins sign CB Finnegan Fins sign CB Finnegan Dolphins ink him to a 2 year, $11 million contract
  • DT Randy Starks stays with Fins DT Randy Starks stays with Fins Reportedly signs a 2 year deal worth about $12 million
  • OT Albert to Fins done OT Albert to Fins done Reportedly a 5 year, $46 million contract.


Final Fin 2013 Draft Grades

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5th round pick RB Mike Gillislee could be a steal.

Grading the NFL Draft after 1 week is stupid. The players haven’t played yet.

Grading the NFL Draft after 1 week is stupid. The players haven’t played yet.

Grading the NFL Draft after 1 week is stupid. The players haven’t played yet.

OK? But I’ve spent too much time over the last 6 months NOT to give my final grades on this 2013 NFL Draft that will either make or break GM Jeff Ireland. I DVRed the draft, and re-watched it last night. I didn’t want a knee-jerk reaction to the picks.

1) DE Dion Jordan, Oregon (6-6, 248)
The Dolphins added the top pass-rusher in this draft to a Defense that ranked 7th in sacks last season. Excited? Try ecstatic. My Top 4 Dolphins board was firm heading into Thursday: Jordan, Fisher, Joeckel, Eifert. Never in a million years did I think Jordan could be had for a mere 2nd round pick in a trade-up. Jordan’s combination of size, speed, versatility, and intelligence are an “A” across the board. A front line of Wake, Jordan, Soliai, and Starks with Odrick, Vernon, and Martin gives Kevin Coyle an abundance of talent and versatility.
Grade: A

2) CB Jamar Taylor, Boise St (5-11, 192)
Taylor was the #1 player on my board at pick #54 and the #24 player on my overall Dolphins board. His tenacity in run support coupled with ability to play both zone and man-to-man reminds me of former Dolphins CB Will Allen. Taylor surprised people with a 4.39/40 with 22 bench press reps at 5’11 – 192 pounds. Some teams questioned his health after his kidneys tested out at 42% efficiency during the NFL Draft combine as a side-effect from medication for high blood pressure. Taylor has switched medication and should be fine, but it requires monitoring. The risk is overwhelmingly worth the reward.
Grade: A

3) G Dallas Thomas, Tennessee (6-5, 306)
This grade improves with the signing of RT Tyson Clabo. Thomas is a consistent performer against big-time competition in the SEC with 37 consecutive starts to end his career. Look for him to succeed Richie Incognito at LG in 2014 for a fraction of the cost while creating the image that the Dolphins “may” be OK at OT in negotiations with veteran RT’s Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo.
Grade: B-

3) CB Will Davis, Utah St (5-11, 186)
Davis is worth a late mid-round pick because of his size-speed combo and ability to play both press and man coverage. But was he worth trading up for? I don’t think so. Davis is the most scrutinized pick of this draft, and for good reason given the Taylor pick and veteran depth on the roster with Grimes, Marshall, Patterson, and Carroll. Holding off on the Davis trade-up would’ve given the Dolphins three 4’s, 5’s, two 7’s in an unusually deep draft. Instead of Davis, the Dolphins could’ve used the picks on S Shamarko Thomas, DE Quanteres Smith, and WR Da’Rick Rogers.. among many other combinations. Look for either Richard Marshall or Dimitri Patterson to be cut before June 1st.
Grade: D

4) LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida* (6-0, 243)
Jenkins is an enigmatic developmental prospect who can play OLB and MLB in Kevin Coyle’s scheme. The physical talent is there: he was the #7 college recruit coming out of High School. His red flags involve conditioning (18% body fat) and injuries (played 9 games last season due to thumb and hamstring issues). Projects as a very good coverage LB that can help neutralize the Patriots 2-TE combo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. My mouth was watering for G Brian Schwenke or S Shamarko Thomas with this pick.
Grade: C+

4) TE Dion Sims, Michigan St* (6-5, 262)
Sims reminds me of a poor man’s Ben Watson: great blocker with sticky hands who lacks the ability to stretch a Defense. He should get on the field quickly because of his blocking skills, but he’s a findable player with limited upside. What I like about this pick: he gets on the field quickly as our #2 TE while enabling Mike Sherman to use Charles Clay more creatively in a FB/H-Back role.
Grade: C+

5) RB Mike Gillislee, Florida (5-11, 208)
Terrific value late in the 5th round because he provides the inside toughness and pass protection skills to unseat Daniel Thomas. Gillislee earned my respect against #9 LSU (34-146-2 in a 14-6 win) and #10 Florida State (24-140-2 in a 37-26 win) as a bellcow RB against teams ranked in the Top 15. He could unseat Daniel Thomas as the #2 RB because of his inside running instincts and pass protection skills.
Grade: A-

5) K Caleb Sturgis, Florida (5-10, 186)
Love it. The odds of Sturgis providing a Blair Walsh/Greg Zuerlein-type ROI and upgrade are very high. Sturgis was 6-for-8 from 50+ yards for the Gators in 2012 compared to Dan Carpenter’s 4-for-9 from 50+ in 2011-2012. He’ll make around $400K in 2013 compared to Carp’s $2.5-mil number. But I’ll throw in a disclaimer: don’t underestimate the fact that Dan Carpenter was 47-for-52 in FG attempts under 50 yards (90.3%) over the last 2 seasons.
Grade: A-

7) S Don Jones, Arkansas St (5-11, 191)
This converted RB jumped from an UDFA to a late-rounder after running a 4.41/40 with 17 bench reps at 5’11 – 191 pounds. Jones could earn a roster spot with Special Teams play, but is likely destined for the Practice Squad. Worth the risk at pick #250.

Grade: B

Overall: B+. I’m excited. GM Jeff Ireland came away with the #1 and #24 players on my board in DE Dion Jordan and CB Jamar Taylor, a likely 5-year starter in LG Dallas Thomas, and two 5th round Gators who should make an immediate impact in RB Mike Gillislee and K Caleb Sturgis. This grade will move into the “A” range if CB Will Davis, LB Jelani Jenkins, and TE Dion Sims live up to their physical potential.

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  • I agree with your first two grades. (Although I believe people will be disappointed with the production that Jordan brings this year. He needs to add bulk/strength and technique but his shoulder injury, combined with Oregon graduating late, will put him behind the 8-ball this year.

    As for Will Davis and Jenkins, I believe your grade is unfair. You are judging Davis’ selection on who YOU believe they would have selected if they stayed put instead of trading up. Would you have graded him so harshly if they selecting him with their original 3rd round selection?

    As for Davis/Jenkins, what about if you take into account that Schwenke and Smith were probably not options since they already like their depth at G and DE?

    As for Rogers, there is a reason he wasn’t drafted by ANYBODY! He had red flag issues with character and I am 99% sure that knocked him off Philbin’s board.

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  • Agree on all, except Sims. I think he could be a nice Red zone target, maybe B to B- and Thomas may be a surprise also

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