Miami Dolphins’ Draft May Be Remembered For Players Who Went Elsewhere – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – The Miami Dolphins were initially number 3 overall, which means they could have picked Kyle Pitts of Florida or LSU recipient Ja’Marr Chase as a tempting target for Tua Tagovailoa. You didn’t do it.
Even after two trades left the Dolphins in sixth overall pick, they could have won Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, the star of last season’s national championship game. You didn’t do it.
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They had four of the top 50 picks so they were well positioned to land a top tier return. You didn’t do it.
“We’d love to draw every position, every player, every year if we could,” said general manager Chris Grier. “But the players we added were in the right places for us and we feel good about them.”
The future of the regime, led by Grier and coach Brian Flores, depends on whether these good feelings can be confirmed in the upcoming games.
The dolphins received the fastest receiver, the first edge breaker and the first security in the design. They improved the offensive for Tagovailoa, adding two potential starters to a defense that was the stingiest in the NFL for much of last season.
The Dolphins’ top pick selected the quick receiver Jaylen Waddle rather than his Alabama, Smith teammate. With the 18th election they decided against Jaelan Phillips, the Edge Rusher of Miami Hurricanes.
In the second round, the Dolphins Oregon Safety drafted Jevon Holland and Notre Dame against Liam Eichenberg. Her third round pick was Boston College’s Hunter Long.
The Dolphins haven’t used a draft pick higher than 131st on a running back since 2016, and it shows. That was the last time they had a 750 yard rusher.
In 2020, Miami’s ball carriers ranked last in the NFL in yards by contact and fourth in yards per attempt.
None of the team’s five veterans were drafted higher than in the fifth round. This includes Malcolm Brown, a free agent acquisition with two starts in six NFL seasons.
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“We have good runners on the squad,” said Grier. “We feel good with our boys.”
The 23-year-old Tagovailoa could soon be second among the starting quarterbacks in the division, just behind Buffalo’s Josh Allen.
The Jets designed Zach Wilson with the second overall pick, and the Patriots took Mac Jones with the 15th pick.
“The Jets and New England have two very good players,” said Flores. “I’m sure you look forward to adding these pieces.”
The Dolphins traded off with Eichenberg, a three-year-old starter for the Fighting Irish, despite having three offensive linemen who started out as rookies last year.
“You can never have enough offensive linemen,” said Grier.
The dolphins took a long time, although they already had three veterans at the end. Two of them, Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe, are entering the final year of their contracts.
Three of Miami’s five best picks were played at the Atlantic Coast Conference last year. Phillips becomes the first University of Miami player to be selected by the Dolphins since 2012.
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