Experts Grade Dolphins’ 2016 Draft

Mel Kiper: ESPN

Overall Grade: B+

Bizarre circumstances, great player. Let’s just go with that for the short version of how the Dolphins ended up with arguably the single-best prospect in the draft all the way down at No. 13. Laremy Tunsil has so many natural gifts for the tackle position, it’s just now a matter of where he plays. Left side? Right side? Either way, if he’s on the field, Miami gets better. Not many people know Xavien Howard, but that’s not much of a reach in Round 2 — he was going to go there. From there, this was all about getting Ryan Tannehill and Adam Gase more weapons. Kenyan Drake is Reggie Bush-lite, Leonte Carroo is a productive threat who can make catches down the field, and Jakeem Grant is a jitterbug who is electric in space if you can get him the ball. Thomas Duarte is one to watch, a hybrid wideout-tight end split who could develop. The Dolphins didn’t do much for their defense, but they sure as heck tried to help their QB and ended up with a major steal early in the process.

Chris Fetter: Lead-writer Dolphins Sideline Report

Best pick – Lamrey Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Regardless of the overall blunder that made Larmey Tunsil’s draft stock go up in smoke, the Miami Dolphins landed one of the most talented players in the draft at a discounted price. Allowing only five QB hurries on 225 attempts, the former LT will be an instant upgrade for Miami even if starting his career as a guard. Factoring In Branden Albert’s age, (31-years old) with his recent history of injuries, it’s only a matter of time before the former Rebel becomes a staple of the Dolphins O-Line.

Worst Pick- Thomas Durate, TE, UCLA
Maybe this is strictly anger speaking on behalf of myself, because the Dolphins passed on both Tyler Matakevich and Vadal Alexander – both of whom were extremely high on my late draft board, but this is my least favorite move of the draft! The combo WR/TE could be a mismatch on certain plays for Miami, but his “tweener” size and Miami’s depth at tight-end ( Dion Sims and Jake Stoneburner) could leave Durate on the outside looking in come time to trim the roster to 53.

 Overall grade: B+
The Miami Dolphins’ had a clear vision for retooling the offense – using six of their eight draft picks on offensive players. While at first glance prospects like Kenyan Drake and Jakeem Grant, may seem like reaches at their respected draft selection spot, unlike many drafts before this one the Miami Dolphins finally seemed to draft with an overall purpose: Build an offense tailored to Adam Gase.

Football Czar Mike Tannenbaum and GM Chris Grier made smart, rational trades and besides not selecting a single linebacker throughout the entire draft, I’m happy with the direction Miami is continuing to move in.

USA Today

Overall Grade: B+

Analysis: The Dolphins might have landed the steal of the first round thanks to Mississippi OT Laremy Tunsil’s bizarre first-round fall. Now the Dolphins face questions on where to play him, as he will continue to have to deal with some complicated off-field baggage. But he immediately improves the offensive line, and Miami gets credit for also addressing other major needs: cornerback (Baylor’s Xavien Howard in the second round) and running back (Alabama’s Kenyan Drake in the third).

Dan Thomas, NFL Spin Zone FanSided

Best Pick – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Dolphins got great value when they selected Tunsil in the first-round. He was arguably the best prospect in this year’s draft and the Dolphins managed to scoop him up with the 13th pick. It doesn’t matter if he has to start his career at guard. Either way, the Dolphins found their future starting LT and they also upgraded the interior of their offensive line.

Worst Pick – Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

The Dolphins needed to upgrade their backfield but selecting Drake #73 overall was way too early. Players like Kenneth Dixon and Devontae Booker were running backs who are on the same level as Drake but both were selected over 60 picks later. They Dolphins filled a need but it terms of value, they reached on a running back who will more than likely only get 8-10 touches a game.

Final Grade: C+

The Dolphins drafted three players in Tunsil, Howard and Drake who should be getting snaps right away. Carroo is a nice addition to the team but the Dolphins gave up a lot to get him. They swapped third-round picks, gave up a sixth-round pick this year and also gave up a fourth-round pick next year to get Carroo. That is a steep price for a player who will be #4 on the depth chart in 2016 and at best, #3 on the depth chart in 2017.

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Laremy Tunsil fell into their laps and the Dolphins scooped him up at 13th overall. Whether Tunsil’s the top tackle in the draft will be determined in future years, but getting him at 13th is a great value. What kind of dude is he? We’ll see. His first 24 hours in the pros were enough for a “30 for 30.” On the field, he should be able to make an impact. He can start out as a guard and move outside if needed. The Dolphins also got one of my favorite speed threats in the draft in Kenyan Drake, as well as an interesting pair of receivers with very different builds in Leonte Carroo (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) and Jakeem Grant (5-foot-6). I’m not as high on Xavien Howard as others, though, and think some youth at defensive line and linebacker would have been smart at some point. Miami neglected those spots.

Overall Grade: B

Ryan Moreland, Host Free Parking Show/ DSR Writer

Best Pick – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Miami drafted 13th overall and selected the 3rd tackle taken in the draft. Not only is Laremy Tunsil the best left tackle in this year’s draft class, but he is one of the best players in this draft. Character issues and health are obvious worries for the two-timeAll-SEC pass blocker, but few will argue the talent isn’t there. Miami gets the first steal of the 2016 NFL Draft and a 10 to 15-year anchor on their offensive line; if he can keep his nose clean,that is.

Worst Pick – Not taking a linebacker

Miami had one of the worst line backing corps in the NFL last season. They demonstrated their faith in their very underwhelming linebackers by not spending any picks on the position. The team even skipped over potential starters Reggie Ragland and Deion Jones in the 2nd round. Instead they tookXavien Howard, who was the 6th cornerback selected. Their best linebacker is probably Kiko Alonso, who they traded for this offseason. Not only is he coming off an average-at-best season, but Alonso has a well-established injury history. The former Eagle and Bill should fit in nicely with Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins on the Miami’s IR.

Overall Grade – B-

After hitting a homerun with Laremy Tunsil, the team made a few solid picks, a few head scratchers, and didn’t fill all their needs (see above). Good news, they added solid depth to their secondary with Howard and safety Jordan Lucas. Miami also added a solid pass catching tight end in Thomas Durante. Kenyan Drake will give them a solid third down back and special team asset. The bad news, Miami spent too much focus on wide receiver while neglecting other, bigger needs (you really need to see above). Their biggest head scratching pick was the addition of Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, who should be able to come in and compete for 4thstring quarterback. Overall, Adam Gase and Chris Grier added some quality pieces while completely ignoring certain needs (you already know what to do).

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