2013 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins Draft Grades


Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive end Dion Jordan (Oregon) as the third overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1st Round 3rd Overall — Dion Jordan DE/OLB, Oregon — A

I love this pick. Jordan has so much versatility that he can do anything the Dolphins want him too. He is great in coverage and can be explosive. He will be across from Cameron Wake so he will probably get a lot of 1-on-1 battles. Jordan needs to add some bulk but he has as much potential as anyone.

2nd Round 54th Overall — Jamar Taylor CB, Boise State — A

Taylor is an absolute steal at this point. He could have been taken in the late first and it would have been a good pick. Miami also needs a #1 CB since Sean Smith left and Taylor has the skills to be that corner.

3rd Round 77th Overall — Dallas Thomas OT/OG, Tennessee — B

Thomas brings some versatility as a tackle or a guard, though I don’t think he can play LT. He has a lot of upside, but I think they should have taken someone who has LT potential.

3rd Round 91st Overall — Will Davis CB, Utah State — B

This may be slightly early for Davis, but not enough for it to be a real complaint. He is a physical, man-to-man CB who can be burnt at times when is over aggressive, but is a good athlete. If Grimes isn’t healthy, he could be their number 2 CB.

4th Round 104th Overall — Jelani Jenkins LB, Florida — B+

Jenkins is a guy who I had as a 3rd round player. Jenkins is a great athlete who is good in coverage. He does struggle against the run at times and also struggles to stay healthy.

4th Round 106th Overall — Dion Sims TE, Michigan State — B+

Sims is potentially the best blocking TE in the draft, but still has good speed for a 6’5″, 265 pound man. He has soft hands, but struggles at times to bring in the tough catches.

5th Round 164th Overall — Mike Gillislee RB, Florida — B+

Gillislee will probably never be a feature back, but can be very good in a 2 back system. He doesn’t do anything great, but does everything pretty well. Doesn’t have a lot of mileage on him either.

5th Round 166th Overall — Caleb Sturgis K, Florida — B-

Not a huge fan of taking a kicker in the 5th round, but they do need a better kicker. Sturgis is very accurate and has a strong enough leg to hit some FGs from over 50 yards.

7th Round 250 Overall — Don Jones S, Arkansas State — B+

Jones put on an absolute show at his pro day. Just his athletic ability made me think he gets drafted a round or 2 earlier. Could probably play CB or safety and definitely has the potential to be a good pick here.

Overall — A-

I really like what the Dolphins did as a whole here. They brought in an explosive, versatile player in Jordan who can do a lot of things right away. Taylor is a potential #1 CB who they got in the 2nd round. Thomas gives them a lot of versatility on the line, while Jenkins and Jones give them very good athletes with a lot of potential. Dion Sims and Gillislee have the potential to be some of the best values in this draft.

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