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Third Round Pick Dallas Thomas of Tennessee
Three draft experts, three grades, no mention of the missing left tackle meme but it's somewhat implied.
Let's start with Floyd Engel, who gave Miami a B-minus:
Check out the big lower guts on Dolphins GM Jeff Fireland. Let others rip into what came next, moving up to No. 3 to get pass-rusher Dion Jordan makes this a winner for me.
So, I take it Engel wasn't a fan of the rest of Miami's draft. I'd really like to know how he thought Dion Jordan was a winner but the Dolphins still received a B- instead of a higher grade.
Next up, Peter Schrager, who gave Miami a C:
I didn't like the trade for Jordan very much, viewing that as a desperate move from Ireland to make a splash. Well, he got his man. I think they reached on Dallas Thomas, the tackle out of Tennessee, and think he's actually more of a guard than tackle.
Odds are Miami will use Thomas as a guard anyways, so at least to me, the last statement is a mixture of irrelevant and redundant (I did have concerns about Miami's guards considering that John Jerry is better suited for right tackle while Richie Incognito, while still an integral piece, isn't exactly getting younger). But at least there was some analysis of a pick other than Jordan, although again, I'd like to see what he thought of the rest of the draft.
Finally, Alex Marvez, who gave Miami an A:
By moving up nine spots to No. 3 in the first round via a trade with Oakland, Miami secured a player they hope is the second coming of Jason Taylor in Oregon outside linebacker/defensive end Jordan. Although there are still questions surrounding the left tackle position after the Dolphins chose Jordan instead of Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, Miami boosted its thin secondary by drafting cornerbacks Jamar Taylor (second round) and Utah State’s Will Davis (third).
Marvez seemed to know the Dolphins' goal and graded the draft based off of that said goal (improve the pass defense, which going into the draft was more important than the missing left tackle meme). Yes, Miami accomplished their goal in improving the pass defense, if for no other reason then the fact that they went heavy on a combination of defensive backs, pass-rushers, and linebackers that can cover tight ends.
In fact, one of those players is a pass-rusher that can also cover the tight end and even lined up as a defensive back a few times. How often do you find a Swiss army knife player on defense?