The Miami Dolphins started day two of the 2016 NFL Draft, making multiple trades in the second and third rounds to acquire key position that needed to be filled.
Dolphins’ traded their 2nd-round 42 overall pick and 4th-round 107 overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens for their 2nd-round No. 38 overall pick
Dolphins’ traded 6th-round 186 overall pick, a 2017 3rd-round pick and a conditional 4th-round pick in 2017 to the Minnesota Vikings for their 3rd-round No. 86 overall pick
GM Chris Grier and Football Czar Mike Tannenbaum have gone into this draft it seems with a clear vision of building depth, and filling needs that will vastly help Miami situation on cap for crucial upcoming re-signing like Jarvis Landry and possibly Reshad Jones, who is amidst a holdout this offseason.
Round 2, Pick 38: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
HT: 6’0″ WT: 201lbs
ARM LENGTH: 31 1/4″
HANDS: 9 1/8″
40 YARD DASH: 4.58 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 11 REPS
VERTICAL JUMP: 33.0 INCH
BROAD JUMP: 122.0 INCH
3 CONE DRILL: 7.18 SEC
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.15 SEC
This guy is ultra-competitive. He’s an alpha. The size, the length, the speed, he’s obviously a scheme fit for us.”-Chris Grier
Tony Lippett, who will be competing for a chance to win the starting cornerback job this year, said during the Dolphins voluntary workouts that defensive coordinator Vance Joseph had told him he loves big CBs.
Something the Dolphins get in Xavien Howard, the prototypical sized corner from Baylor.
At (6’0″ 201LBS) according to Pro Football Focus, Howard allowed a NFL passer rating of just 32.2 on passes in coverage during the 2015 season, having the 16th-best coverage grade in the draft class.
The Former Baylor Bear is strong tackler, who isn’t scared to get physical in run-stoppage play, recording 42 total tackles last season (1 tackle for loss).
While there are concerns on his vertical coverage, and his 14 pass interferences are alarming, the Miami Dolphins get a solid prospect, who’s size, burst speed, and ability to read quarterbacks give the Miami Dolphins an instant upgrade at the CB2 position.
In his collegiate career at Baylor, Howard recorded 98 tackles (5 for a loss), 10 interceptions, 23 passes defended, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Round 3, Pick 73: Pick Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
HT: 6’1″ WT: 210lbs
ARM LENGTH: 31 3/4″
HANDS: 9 3/4″
40 YARD DASH: 4.45 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 10 REPS
VERTICAL JUMP: 34.5 INCH
BROAD JUMP: 123.0 INCH
3 CONE DRILL: 7.04 SEC
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.21 SEC
Head coach Adam Gase’s offense relies heavily on run by committee, something Kenyan Drake did phenomenally, splitting carries with Heisman winner Derrick Henry. According to 24/7 sports, in his final season with the Crimson Tide, Drake recorded 1,189 all-purpose yards on 125 plays, rushing for 408 yards and one touchdown on 77 carries, catching 29 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown, while also returning 19 kickoffs for 505 yards and a touchdown in the national title game against Clemson in Alabama’s 45-0 win.
Despite injures Kenyan Drake firmly believes he is 3-down back, who can continue to contribute in multiple aspects of the game. Drake has drawn comparison to the similarly built Jamaal Charles, and his 6.4 yards per carry average and 18 touchdowns in his four collegiate seasons was too appealing for the Dolphins to pass over.
Look for Drake to be an instant contributor on special teams for Miami.
Round 3, Pick 78: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
HT: 6’0″ WT: 211lbs
ARM LENGTH: 31 3/8″
HANDS: 9 5/8″
40 YARD DASH: 4.50 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 14 REPS
VERTICAL JUMP: 35.5 INCH
BROAD JUMP: 120.0 INCH
While this pick may seem like a head scratcher at first gander, given the young core depth Miami has at receiver.
“It was a best player available (pick),” Dolphins GM Chris Grier said. “He was a target player — 29 touchdowns in his career. He adds toughness and has speed for a big guy.”
Carroo recorded 39 catches for 809 yards (20.7 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns for Rutgers in 2015.
Ranked as Pro Football Focus’s 5th most underrated player in the draft, His 4.11 yards per route run average led the nation this season, and his two drops on 96 catchable passes in the past two season prove how reliable he can be. While Carroo’s off the field issues are concerning, arrested for assault which led to a suspension (the charges for which were dropped by the female victim). Carroo is a guy who could not only find himself playing in 3rd down situations, due to his NFL size, sure hands, and YAC ability (Averaged over 20 YPC over last two season) but could also play into whether or not the Miami Dolphins re-signs WR Kenny Stills.