*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.13 Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

You have to feel for Tunsil. His entire world has exploded over the last couple of days. I hope he can get past the media and get onto being the enormous talent that he can be. Assuming he is clean then this is a steal

A+/F (time will tell)

2.38 Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

The Dolphs did have to trade up for this, but my guess is that the Tunsil pick through them off of a corner they were targeting in round one.They did get a decent one though

B

3.73 Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

I had a feeling that Drake would go a little early, but he has a lot of similar traits to Jay Ajayi.

B

3.86 Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

I like Carroo, but this was a waste of a pick. The Dolphs traded two picks next year to get the pick, but the Dolphins do not need a receiver after taking one two straight first rounds.

OVERALL GRADE: B+

If the Dolphins walk away not regretting the Tunsil pick then they will be very happy. I don't think that the Dolphins did the right move drafting a number of off-the-field-risks give the instability of the overall team.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.14 DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

No complaints here. The team may have had other needs, but they get a good prospect with a ton of talent here. He could easily be this year's ODB on a team with a very interesting offense. 

B+

2.52 Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

Phillips is a top-10 pick when he wants to be, and hopefully the Dolphins can get the most out of him. They got a couple of picks for the process too.

B

4.114 Jamil Douglas, OG, AZ St

5.145 Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis

5.149 Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St

5.150 Cedric Thompson, FS, Minnesota

5.156 Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan St

OVERALL GRADE: C+

I like the Parker pick early, but it quickly fell from there. The team got some ok depth picks, but they have some clearer needs that didn't get much attention. Luckily they bought a lot of guys in free agency.

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************
 

1.19 Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

Barf. First of all the value is terrible. James wasn't even the 5th best tackle left on the board, and he was taken at least a round too early. The Saints and Browns also traded back up at picks 20 and 22. How the hell did they not figure out a way to fall back at least a few picks to get something for their troubles. 

Secondly, James wasn't even the best tackle on Tennessee in the draft, and the other guy wasn't drafted. Why would you take an (at best) RT with the 19th pick? This is not a team that can be taking luxury picks.

D (only because they filled a need)

2.63 Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

This pick is a lot better. Landry was the better LSU receiver on the field last year, and he is a decent value here.

B

3.67 Billy Turner, OT, ND State

Funny thing is that I might have taken Turner over Ju'Wuan. Turner is raw, but has some experience.

B

4.125 Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

5.155 Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

5.171 Jordan Tripp, LB, Wyoming

6.190 Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina

7.234 Terrence Fede, DE Marist


OVERALL GRADE: C-

This team did a good job of hitting their needs, but that is about it. This team needed to walk away with some sure thing stability, but took a 3rd round RT at 19. They then got a slow receiver, and a small school tackle. This team is starting to get into a make-or-break point and this was not the draft they wanted.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.3 Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon

The Dolphins found what they thought was the best player in the draft and they got him. Jordan has a ton of potential, and it was more than worth it for them to give up a 2nd rounder to get him.

C+

2.54 Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

I really like this pick. The team cannot let Nolan Carroll start any more, and Taylor is a great value here.

B+

3.77 Dallas Thomas, OT/G, Tennessee

The team needed to get an extra guard, and they grabbed a great one here. This pick essentially is what they got for Brandon Marshall which is sort of sad.

B

3.93 Will Davis, CB, Utah State
 
The team is double dipping at corner which I'm a fan of. But I think that they could have gotten someone better with this pick. 

C

4.104 Jelani Jenkins, DE/LB, Florida

4.106 Dion Sims, TE, Mich State


5.164 Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida

5.166 Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida

7.250 Don Jones, S, Arkansas State


OVERALL GRADE: A

I don't think that this is the draft that will put the Dolphins over the top, but the team could shape out to be very good. They still need the right (or left) tackle to round out their offensive line, and I do truly believe that they need some help in the run game. But overall I like this draft. The team found a guy that will help at guard (or RT), an instant starter at DE, and two to four other guys that could start games next year. This team already had a defense worth talking about, and this is the kind of draft that gives them hope.

 

 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1:8 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. I was going to research and mention all of the first round quarterbacks that the team skipped before taking Tannehill, but I don't have that much time.

In all reality, the Dolphins might be able to get a good pick if they sit him for two years. But in all reality the team would have been better with Matt Flynn.

C

2.42 Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

Jonathon Martin is a guy that arguably was one of the top-10 players in the draft. He has LT potential, and at worst will slot in and excel at guard. Great pick, and great value.

A

3.72 Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami

I absolutely have no love for this pick. Vernon had only 1.5 sacks last year, and only had 3 sacks against D1 teams in the other two years he played in college. He is too light to play DT (or DE in the 3-4), and he isn't a pass rusher. Besides that his value wasn't great.

D

3.78 Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

The Dolphins grabbed a 6th rounder to move back a bit which helps, and they also got a legit tight end to plug in. Good overall pick.

B+

4.97 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

I know that running back wasn't a huge need for the team, but they got a guy that might end up as the best rusher on the team. Miller could have easily gone in the 2nd round without question.

A

5.155 Josh Kaddu, LB, Oregon

Kaddu was a quiet guy in the draft pool, but he is worth the 5th round pick. He won't be a pro bowler, but he is a special teams guy that will get some snaps in the game.

B

6.183 B.J Cunningham, WR, Michigan State

And your starting receiver in 2012 just might be....

B (for value, F for taking this long to get a guy)

7.215 Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas

7.227 Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada


OVERALL GRADE: C-

I'm not necessarily down on this draft because of the Tannehill pick (although I don't like it), but the team just didn't get it. They severely reached on Tannehill, but then got a steal in Jonathon Martin. They then reached on a couple of 3rd round picks but ended up with a steal in Lamar Miller. The team theoretically might not have gotten a starter for 2012, and they really failed to get a receiver. The team realistically needs to find two starting receivers, so it made no sense for them to reach on a tight end and a defensive end in the 3rd. 



*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

  
Picks

1.15 Mike Pouncey, C/G, Miami

Ignoring my personal opinions of Pouncey (doesn't have the technique to play center, not strong or long armed enough toI play guard, and just isn't his brother) I don't like the Pouncey pick. I understand that the team wants to improve the interior for the run game and for the QB, and understand that OG value is slightly raised because this is a 3-4 division, but a guard this early is just dumb for a team that had other needs. I understand the team not desperately reaching for a quarterback, but reaching on a number of guys could have helped this team more.

C

2.62 Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

I am ok with the team taking Daniel Thomas because they like his Wildcat potential, but I don't know how he is a can't miss guy worth trading up for. The team should have really looked at Ryan Mallett here.

B-

4.111 Edmund Gates, WR, ACU

I'm ok with the team taking a receiver, especially a guy like Gates.

B

6.174 Charles Clay, FB/TE, Tulsa

Whether the team uses Clay as a FB or a TE I like the pick.

B+
 
7.231 Frank Kearse, DE/DT, Alabama A&M

Can't complain about a team adding defensive line depth with a sleeper like Kearse.

B

7.235 Jimmy Wilson, CB, Montana

A good story pick and corner depth never hurts.

B

Draft Grade: C-

I dislike this draft for two reasons. The team didn't walk away that much better. They added a couple of guys that could see some time, but I don't know if adding an interior player and a rusher will make up for the fact that the team is losing its duo of rushers. Secondly the team passed on its biggest need at QB. The team gave up on Henne last year when they decided to put Chad Pennington in over him. The team needed a QB badly, but after watching the draft you have to wonder if they are just waiting to try and get Kevin Kolb. With the trade up into the 2nd round the team needed to draft Ryan Mallett. Mallett would be fantastic behind Miami's offensive line, and no team that drafts a QB in the 2nd round has a commitment to that player as the face of the franchise (see Henne). 


NEW GRADE: D+

The team got a few guys that will start, and a few that will contribute, but ignoring the QB problem is a... problem. If the team had taken even a guy like Ricky Stanzi in the 4th then they would have gotten some hope for the 2011 season.