In just two weeks, the Miami Dolphins and the rest of the NFL will meet in New York City to commence the 2014 NFL draft. Before we go forward, it's time to look back at how we would retroactively grade the past five drafts for the Dolphins.
The grading will be rather simple: Each individual player selected by the Dolphins in the draft will be graded based off of his time with the Dolphins and how he performed while he played for the Dolphins. The averages for each player in their respective draft classes will then be averaged out to determine the overall grades for the draft class.
There is a bit of a curve involved with grading each player: Late round selections (players selected in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds) will get more leeway in their grades than those players selected in the first four rounds.
In addition to that curve, grades for players drafted in the final three rounds who didn't pan out will not count against the average for a class, however, the grades for players picked in the first four rounds will be counted regardless of their production with the Dolphins.
The reason for this is, because in the first four rounds, it's imperative to find a player who is productive for a team, whereas rounds five through seven are more about rounding out the depth of a team. This also factors in early-round draft busts as well as late-round surprises.
Now, here's a look at the grades for each draft class for the Miami Dolphins since 2009.