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Breaking Down and Grading the Dolphins Draft

#1: Vontae Davis, CB: Davis is the first pick of the Dolphins in the draft. He has some charcter issues, and is a major question mark because of it. But, he has the natural talent and athleticism to become a great cornerback in the NFL. He has vowed to become to the player of the year in the NFL. A-

#2:Pat White, QB: This is the biggest question mark of the Dolphins draft. White is a very versatile player. He can play quarterback, wide receiver, and the running back positions. The main reason for bringing White in is probably to enhance the Wildcat. White, though is small, and the Dolphins probably could have had White at their second 2nd round pick. They also had other needs to fill besides the leader of the Wildcat. White is a high character guy. C+

#2: Sean Smith, CB: Possesses great size. Not as physical as one would like, but the Trifecta can work on that. Doesn’t possess blow-away speed. Was converted from a wide receiver, has some very decent hands for a corner. Expect him to be the 3rd corner on the depth chart. Was a guy that the Dolphins liked, filled a hole, that they desperately needed filled. They could have gone another route here, but a respectable decision. B+

#3: Patrick Turner, WR: Tall possession receiver. Has great hands. Was a standout player coming out of high school. Will fit in great with the rest of the receiving corps. Is not very fast, but, strong enough to make up for it when the ball is up in the air. C+

#4 Brian Hartline, WR: Tough, hardnosed receiver who will do just about anything to help out his team. Loves to play special-teams, and “crack heads”. Is more of a football player than an athlete. Also, like Turner, not a fast receiver, reminds me of Greg Camarillo. A reach at this pick, especially when we had bigger needs than another slot receiver. Only adds depth to the WR and special teams spots. D+

#5: John Nalbone, TE: Can both block and catch. Is not really an athlete. Can do all of the little things. A questionable selection. We did not really need to add another tight end. D

#6: Chris Clemons, FS: A very fast free safety. Not elite when it comes to instincts. Likes to roam around. Is at his best when he has elite talent surrounding him. Can play special teams. Has better than average coverage skills. Is a very good athlete. He will be projected to compete for a roster spot, possibly even a backup spot. Not an excruciating need though. D+

#7: Andrew Gardner, OT: A HUGE tackle. Will come in and serve as Jake Longs backup. A blue-collar guy who will come in and work hard. Don’t be surprised if he is one of the Dolphins key backups. Not an athlete, but is a solid tackle, who dropped because of an injury. Adds depth to the line. This pick makes our line one of the youngest and probably is the most set for the future out of the AFC East. B-

#8: J.D. Folsum, LB: A player with decent speed. Will need to fight for a special teams spot to make the roster. Not the answer for our pass-rush need. Says the Dolphins want him to play inside linebacker. D-

So, the Dolphins surprised many when they drafted Pat White, and then the surprises continued from there. The Dolphins seemed to forget that they had many needs to fill in this draft, and instead, drafted the best player available at their respective positions. This draft leaves me drooling for the season to start so I can see how this draft really panned out. FINAL GRADE: C+

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2 Responses to “Breaking Down and Grading the Dolphins Draft”

  1. bill says:

    do you watch football? hartline is more of an athlete then football player..he excels at track and rarely did anything special on the field with the exception of a few games against MAC teams…he doesn’t crack heads he is 6’1 195 with a slender build…did you see when he tried to run down and tackle maualuga(usc game)…the wind couldve threw him off more…geesh I can’t believe this guy got drafted…give him an F

  2. Brant says:

    I found that quote from him on the Palm Beach Post’s website. Im not impressed with him either. He is the same type of receiver as Camarillo.

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