Miami Dolphins 2017 Draft Review

1st/22 Charles Harris, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 253 School: Missouri

Needing to add youth to their pass rush the Dolphins were able to get a good value in Charles Harris who could have easily be selected in the top twenty picks. Harris could stand to add some weight to hold up against the run his game is built off explosive first step and the flexibility to bend the edge. Pairing up with Cameron Wake he gives Miami another pass rusher to improve on their 19th rated sack production.

 

2nd/54 Raekwon McMilan, LB

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 240 School: Ohio State

Revamping the linebacking core was a major need that was filled after drafting McMilan and signing Lawrence Timmons during free agency. McMilan’s future is at middle linebacker where he has the range and power to come downhill to make tackles but could compete with Koa Misi at strongside linebacker to get on the field. This can allow him to be a run stopper while hiding his deficiencies in coverage.

 

3rd/97 Cordrea Tankersley, CB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 199 School: Clemson

Miami has solid starting corners in Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard but both players missed parts of 2016 with injuries exposing a lack of depth. Playing in the Dolphins press coverage Tankersley fits well with a good combination of size, length and top end speed to jam receivers and run with them. Adding Tankersley allows the Dolphins to get three good corners on the field at once allowing Maxwell to work in the slot.

 

5th/164 Isaac Asiata, G

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 323 School: Utah

Miami’s offense really took off last year once they got Jay Ajayi going and took the pressure off Ryan Tannehill. Asiata is a true masher who uses his size and power to overwhelm defenders to open up running lanes. He should win a starting spot at right guard helping round out an improving offensive line.

 

5th/178 Davon Godchaux, DT

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 310vSchool: LSU

As a sophomore Godchaux showed good explosiveness and power as a disrupter but when the Tigers moved to a 3-4 defense he struggled as a two gap defensive tackle taking away his aggressiveness. With the Dolphins Godchaux does have 12.5 career sacks and could develop into a good sub package pass rusher.

 

6th/194 Vincent Taylor, DT

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 304 School: Oklahoma State

Needing to find depth the Dolphins taking back to back tackles insures that Suh and Phillips won’t be needing to play over 1,600 total snaps a second straight season. Taylor has some tools to be a pass rusher but will need to improve his hand usage if he wants to find a regular role.

 

7th/237 Isaiah Ford, WR

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 194 School: Virginia Tech

A three-year starter with two 1,000 yard seasons Ford’s stock took a hit was a pedestrian Combine. A talented route runner with good footwork, Ford could add some depth to this receiving core, but will have to show he can play on special teams to secure a roster spot.

 

Best Pick

Harris (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Godchaux (fifth)

 

Overall Thoughts

Miami is a rising team after earning a wildcard playoff spot last year. Charles Harris fills an immediate need at pass rusher but the rest of the Dolphins moves seem to just give them more depth. The Dolphins need one of these middle round picks to hit big or their class could be seen as a disappointment.

Grade: C+

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