• Fins bring WR Crabtree in for visit Fins bring WR Crabtree in for visit Team also looking to visit with Greg Jennings
  • TE Clay signs with the Bills TE Clay signs with the Bills A 5 year deal worth $38 million with $20 million guaranteed...Fins declined to match
  • WR Wallace traded to the Vikings WR Wallace traded to the Vikings Fins send Wallace and a 7th round pick to Viks for a 5th rounder
  • TE Jordon Cameron signed TE Jordon Cameron signed Reported a 2 year, $15 million deal


Fins 2013 Draft Final Thoughts Part II

TE Dion Sims could be a gem

TE Dion Sims could be a 4th round gem

Rounds 2-3

With their next pick, Miami selected CB Jamar Taylor. I have been high on Taylor from the get go and was thrilled he dropped to #54. I had to wonder why he dropped so far.

Reports have surfaced (from Barry Jackson and others) that Taylor was having kidney problems, and that he had lost 40% of the function in his kidneys.

But doctors have determined that was caused by the blood pressure medicine he was taking. That has since been changed, and Taylor’s kidneys should be just fine.

That said, I fully expect Taylor to complete not only for playing time, but maybe even a starter’s position in training camp.

In the third round, I watched the guy I coveted, OT Terron Armstead, fall pick after pick. I even thought, “The Fins might want to give up a 6th rounder to trade up several spots to ensure they get Armstead.”

It didn’t happen.

Armstead went two picks ahead of Miami at #77. I can’t help but wonder if that was the guy Miami really wanted?Instead Miami took OL Dallas Thomas out of Tennessee.

The moreIwatch this guy, the more I am intrigued. People question his foot work to play tackle, and I wonder how well he can get to the second level. But he neutralizes the defensive lineman he blocks. He stays locked on to them, and did not give up a sack in his last two years as a Vol.

If I have one complaint about this entire draft, it is the fact that Miami traded out of the 3rd round, only to trade back up into it to select CB Will Davis out of Utah State.

Davis has the measurables you want in a CB. He’s 5’11 with a 36’ vertical jump. He ran a 4.43 40 at the Combine.

David has good work ethic, and made the most of his one season as a starter, nabbing 5 INTs that year. He led the country in pass breakups average with 1.75 per game

The downsides to Davis are his lack of experience (only 18 starts at the FBS level), and his lack of tackling ability.

Davis struggled some in the Senior Bowl week.

Many draft pundits had Davis as a 5th round talent, so I understand the concern about the Fins trading back up to get him.

Had the Fins stayed put at #82, they could have grabbed a receiver like West Virginia’s Steadman Bailey, who I really had hoped Miami would grab.

Day Three

After some questionable moves on Day 2, the Fins came back on Day 3 and made the most of their picks.

Dion Sims, the big TE out of Michigan State is a risk/reward type player. There are some character concerns (felony charge for concealing stolen property in 2010) and there is some history of injury problems. (Wrist and ankle.)

But if Sims keeps his head on straight and avoids getting hurt, he could prove a very capable player.

Sims is a solid blocker at both the first and second level, and will fill the Fins need of a blocking TE.

But don’t let his receiving stats at Michigan St fool you. (36 catches, 475 yards, 2 TDs.) He has better hands than you think. Michigan St passing offense left a lot to be desired in 2012, and many time Sims was left in to help block. Add in the fact that Sims missed three games with an ankle injury, and Sim’s numbers could have been much higher.

At 6’5, Sims could keep that giant target Tannehill needs in the red zone.

The Fins added depth at the RB position by selecting Florida Gator Mike Gillislee. Gillislee rushed for 1152 yards and 10 TDs in his senior season.

The Dolphins also brought in some competition at kicker by drafting Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis.

With K Dan Carpenter struggles last year (missed two game winning FGs) and due to make over $2 million this year, Sturgis has a better than average chance to win the job in my opinion.

Final Word

Overall I’m pleased with this year’s draft. Miami got great trade value when they went up and got the draft’s best defensive player in Jordan.

Miami solidifed their defensive backfield with Jamar Taylor, and also added depth with Will Davis and Don Jones.

Even though I wanted OT Armstead, I liked Miami’s selection of Dallas Thomas. He should help stabilize the offensive line.

Dion Sims, if he stays healthy and out of trouble, could be a huge find over the next few years.

And finally, I think Carpenter’s days are numbered as Miami found an accurate kicker with a very strong leg.

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