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Round 1, Pick 8: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 54
Tannehill was drafted to be the long-term starting quarterback in Miami, so he is expected to be a great starter. This was an example of a quarterback being overdrafted because of his position.
He has the potential to be a good starter; he has a good arm, comes from a pro-style offense, is a very good athlete and has great pocket presence. However, he needs work with decision-making. In college, he struggled with accuracy, was inconsistent and inexperienced.
If Tannehill ends up panning out as the Dolphins’ long-term starting quarterback, then this will end up being the right pick. However, he is a project whose bust potential is high, and he has too many areas to improve on to be an NFL starting quarterback as a rookie.
Round 2, Pick 42: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 11
Martin is a very consistent, well-rounded offensive tackle with the skill set to start on either side on the line. While he played left tackle at Stanford, he should be able to make a good transition to right tackle to start across from Jake Long in the Dolphins offense.
He is not an overpowering blocker, but he makes few mistakes. He is a fluid technician, strong run-blocker and consistent pass protector.
Round 3, Pick 72: Olivier Vernon, DE/OLB, Miami
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 97
Vernon is an athletic edge-rusher with good burst off the line of scrimmage. He is very much a project, coming off of a disappointing junior season in which he only played six games.
He has good upside as a pass-rusher in the Dolphins’ defense.
Round 3, Pick 78: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 79
Egnew is a terrific receiving threat and very good athlete. He was a productive receiver for Missouri. He is not an in-line blocker and does not make defenders miss in space, but can provide a downfield receiving threat in the middle.
Round 4, Pick 103: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 30
Miller is an explosive running back with tremendous speed, but also has the size and power to be effective running between the tackles. He has great burst out of the backfield and very good vision. He struggled with inconsistency at Miami, but could be an impact player.
Round 5, Pick 155: Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 207
Kaddu is a versatile playmaker who can line up as an outside linebacker in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He is best suited to play special teams, but should provide solid depth at the linebackers.
Round 6, Pick 183: B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 173
Cunningham is a skilled wide receiver with good hands, solid route-runner and good lateral quickness. Not much stands out about his game, but should be a solid No. 4 receiver and special teams contributor.
Round 7, Pick 215: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 134
Randall shows potential as a disruptive defensive lineman, but never lived up to his potential at Texas. He is a solid penetrator, but an inconsistent performer. He has upside as a rotational defensive tackle.
Round 7, Pick 227: Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 106
Matthews is a talented receiver who was productive at Nevada. He is a vertical receiver and skilled route-runner with very good hands. He has subpar speed, but he should be a solid No. 4 wideout in the NFL.