The Dolphins chose two University of Florida players in the draft’s fifth round, giving them three Gators total in this draft class after selecting Jelani Jenkins in the fourth.
Miami selected running back Mike Gillislee with the draft’s 164th pick and kicker Caleb Sturgis 166th overall.
Gillislee will potentially challenge Daniel Thomas for the number two role and complement to expected starter Lamar Miller. He’s a downhill runner that possesses a solid balance of speed and power. It should be fun to watch Gillislee and Thomas compete this summer.
As for Sturgis, the Dolphins found themselves Dan Carpenter’s potential replacement. Carpenter, a former Pro Bowler, has been inconsistent as of late and his $2.675 million salary has made him expendable.
Sturgis went 3 for 3 on field goals 50 yards or more and 5-6 on kicks 40-49 yards, giving him the accuracy and leg strength to push Carpenter out of Miami.
The Dolphins only have one pick remaining (7th round, 250th overall), as the 2013 draft class has taken shape.
Mike Gillislee, Running Back, Florida
Strengths: Good size. Runs with adequate power. Has enough speed to break off a big run in the open field. Keeps feet moving after contact. Lowers pads in short-yardage situations to get the extra yard. Willing blocker. Solid hands out of the backfield.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t hit hole decisively at times. Tries to bounce runs to the outside too often. Questionable ball handling. Doesn’t excel in any one particular trait.
Caleb Sturgis, Kicker, Florida
Strengths: Has ability to hit field goals in the 45-52 yard range with good trajectory and accuracy. Has leg strength to drive kicks through 55-plus yards away. Accuracy has been steadily improving over time. Usually bounces back nicely after a missed kick.
Weaknesses: Trajectory can be inconsistent at times. Kicks too many returnable kickoffs.