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2016 NFL Draft Grades: Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins draft class13th overall:


Miami Dolphins draft class

13th overall: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss 38th overall: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor 73rd overall: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama 86th overall: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers 186th overall: Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech 204th overall: Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State 223rd overall: Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky 231st overall: Thomas Durate, TE, UCLA Miami’s excellent draft started when every team in front of them got cold feet with Laremy Tunsil. By now I’m sure you know what happened to Tunsil, just 10 minutes before the draft kicked off a video of him taking a gas mask bong hit surfaced online and teams panicked. Despite being the #1 player on some boards, and a consensus top 5 pick teams simply didn’t want to touch him after that – apparently Baltimore took Tunsil off their board entirely. But lets look at this reasonably. If this video had surfaced during the combine, or even a week before the draft most teams wouldn’t have cared. There are plenty of players who have smoked weed at one point or another, and while there are some cases of players who struggle to keep their excesses in check, most are fine. Tunsil’s physical ability and on-field talent are impeccable. Chicago, Tennessee, Jacksonville and San Diego all let an elite blind side prospect pass them by over a video they would have disregarded  had it come out at a different time. Miami might have a left tackle already in Branden Albert but he is an injury risk and getting up there in age, now they have the future ready to go. After taking Tunsil they filled a huge need with Xavien Howard and then got a backfield weapon that I love in Kenyan Drake. That should be a pair of solid starters picked on day 2 along with Leonte Carroo, a Rutgers wide receiver who should be a useful addition to the Miami passing game. Day 3 is one of filling the roster and adding depth, that’s what Miami did with their 4 picks, improving their receiver depth, adding another DB and a potential back-up for Tannehill. I’m a big fan of this draft class, from their Best Player Available philosophy in the first round to snagging one of my favourite day 2 players in Drake. Miami got in what they needed, and while there are no guarantees in the draft Miami walked away with their pockets full of talent.

Grade A+

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Grades: Miami Dolphins

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