Grading the Draft: Miami Dolphins

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

The Dolphins entered the draft looking for pass rushers and offensive line help at the top. While they eschewed the line on the first two days, they still managed to find a potential starter on Day 3.


Charles Harris




Raekwon McMillan


Ohio State


Cordrea Tankersley




Isaac Asiata




Davon Godchaux




Vincent Taylor


Oklahoma State


Isaiah Ford


Virginia Tech

UDFA Signings: Matt Haack, P, Arizona State; Cameron Malveaux, DE, Houston; Drew Morgan, WR, Arkansas; Malcom Lewis, WR, Miami; De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan; Torry McTyer, DB, UNLV; Praise Martin-Oguike, DE, Temple; Larry Hope, CB, Akron; Eric Smith, OG, Virginia; Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Mississippi; Maurice Smith, DB, Georgia; Chase Allen, LB, Southern Illinois; Joby Saint Fleur, DE, Oklahoma State; Francis Owusu, WR, Stanford

In our final four-round mock draft, we had the Dolphins selecting Forrest Lamp with the caveat that he would be the pick "unless a big-time pass rusher slips." When Charles Harris was available at No. 22, Miami decided to address its need on the edge rather than the one in the middle of its offensive line.

Harris is undersized (6-2.5, 253) for a 4-3 defensive end and projects as an immediate impact pass rusher who will struggle holding up against the run. An explosive rusher off the snap with good hand moves and a nice closing burst, he should be disruptive in the passing game from the start.

Raekwon McMillan projects as more of an early-down run stopper than a three-down lineman thanks to struggles in coverage and average ball skills, but he's a good athlete with the traits to play on all three downs if he rounds out his game. He holds up nicely against blocks and has to the ability to pursue the action laterally.

The Dolphins used a second-day pick on a cornerback for the second straight year, and Cordrea Tankersley was solid value in the back end of Round 3. Tankersley had some first-round buzz entering the year with good size (6-1.5,199 pounds) and speed (4.4) and the ability to play in both man and zone coverage as well as defend the run, but he needs to avoid the lapses in coverage he suffered in a disappointing 2016.

We connected Isaac Asiata to Miami on multiple occasions, but it was always expected to be on Day 2. Getting a player with a second/third-round grade on our board in the fifth -- reportedly due to concerns over his knee -- was an absolute heist, and Asiata brings a nasty attitude, good movement skills and the ability to anchor in pass protection to South Beach. He could start as soon as this season.

Davon Godchaux was another nice value pick for Miami. An explosive three-technique tackle who plays with terrific leverage and shows the ability to pursue down the line of scrimmage, Godchaux has starter-level upside once he adds some bulk to his 6-3.5, 310-pound frame. He'll be effective as a one-gap tackle right away.

We had Vincent Taylor stamped with a free-agent grade, as the Oklahoma State product needs to improve his leverage and block-shedding ability. His hand use and explosive first step give him some upside if he can avoid getting tall off the snap.

Isaiah Ford was a fifth-round prospect on our board and is a natural receiver with adequate size (6-1, 194) and speed (4.57). He won't threaten defenses deep and is a choppy route-runner but provides nice depth for Miami at receiver.

The Dolphins signed a couple of sixth-round skill prospects in free agency, adding De'Veon Smith and Damore'ea Stringfellow. Both players lack speed but Stringfellow offers consistent hands and red-zone ability while Smith shows good vision and patience as a downhill runner and can hold his own as a receiver out of the backfield.

Analysis: Like the rest of its AFC East counterparts, Miami enjoyed a solid draft. The Dolphins stole Jay Ajayi in the fifth round two years ago due to knee concerns, and the same could be said for Isaac Asiata this season. Their picks on the first two days filled holes at decent value, and adding draftable skill prospects in the seventh round and free agency will help shore up the back of the depth chart. Grade: B+