Averaging out the grades from around the internet (at least the five I gave you today), the Dolphins averaged a B draft.
It's an average I'm at odds with, for I see it as a B+ draft.
My only beef is with the Ja'wuan James pick, and not because of James himself (who will slide comfortably into the starting lineup), but because he could've been had anywhere between five to 10 picks later, along with an additional third-round pick.
The fact that two teams (the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns) traded up after the Dolphins were on the clock at 19 told me that there was a trade to be made. Odds are the Dolphins were spooked that James wouldn't be there, which is fair but also pretty cowardly. I would've taken my chances in that situation if only an extra third rounder was offered though.
The second day of the draft was my favorite day, as the Dolphins wound up picking not only my two favorite players in their draft class, but also two players who were among my top day-two prospects in the entire draft.
Jarvis Landry is going to quickly become Ryan Tannehill's favorite receiver, and the Anquan Boldin comparisons are actually very spot on. Those are the types of receivers that make for dynamic passing games.
Billy Turner has been one of my favorite players in this draft since the Senior Bowl, and it felt at times like it was destiny that he would be a Dolphin. If you have any doubts about him due to his coming from an FCS school, look up his tape against Kansas State, a game where he man-handled their defense. He'll be great as a guard, and could play tackle as well.
Walt Aiken adds size to the Dolphins secondary, something they will need, especially since Sammy Watkins will reside in the AFC East for the foreseeable future. Arthur Lynch reminds me of a bigger Charles Clay, and gives the Dolphins a red-zone target that can block.
I'll admit, I do not know too much about Matt Hazel and Terrence Fede, but I've heard good things about both. In Hazel's case, I like his size and route running, while Fede is a defensive end that will likely serve as an apprentice in 2014 and learning the ropes under Kacy Rodgers, which is always a good thing.
Then there's Jordan Tripp, who could very well take the job of either Philip Wheeler or Koa Misi. I like his upside.
Overall, it was a solid Dolphins draft that I would've given an A had they traded down in Round 1.