Miami Dolphins Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaFeatured Columnist IVApril 30, 2015

Miami Dolphins Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades

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    The 2015 NFL draft has passed, and the Miami Dolphins made a statement this weekend, filling holes and stocking up on talent. 

    Miami used the draft to find the player who could be the top receiver in the draft, followed by a running mate for Ndamukong Suh, a complement to Lamar Miller, a new guard, and three picks used on the secondary. 

    How would we grade these picks? Take a look at the draft tracker to find out how each player was graded as the draft happened. 

Miami Dolphins Draft Pick Tracker

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    This is Bleacher Report's NFL draft board for the Miami Dolphins. As each pick or trade is made, the board will automatically update to the latest information on whom the Dolphins picked and where. 

Round 1, No. 14 Pick: DeVante Parker

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    Miami released Brian Hartline and traded Mike Wallace this offseason, so it needed an upgrade at wide receiver. 

    The Dolphins found that replacement in Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker. 

    Parker provides the Dolphins with a No. 1 receiver to go along with Jarvis Landry, Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills. At 6'3", 209 pounds, Parker becomes Miami's tallest wide receiver. 

    There was some concern with Parker due to a foot injury that forced him to miss half of the 2014 season. Despite said injury, Parker was still productive, coming down with 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns. 

    Another reason the Parker pick makes so much sense is the fact that, while he had Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in his first three seasons, in 2014 he played with three different quarterbacks yet put up numbers that if projected out over a full season would've been tops in the country. 

    He should be productive right off the bat in Miami's offense as well as quarterback Ryan Tannehill's favorite target in 2015. 

    Grade: A+

    Click here for DeVante Parker draft-pick breakdown.

Round 2 Trade

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    The Miami Dolphins have traded down in the second round from the 47th selection to the 52nd selection. 

    Here are the terms of the deal: 

    Miami has traded the 47th and 191st picks to Philadelphia in exchange for the 52nd, 145th and 156th picks.

    — Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 2, 2015

    That's two additional fifth-round picks for the Dolphins to play with, giving them four. The picks could be used to trade into the third round later this evening. 

    Either way, the value for the trade down was good, but I wasn't a fan of the decision to draft who they did. 

    Grade: B+

Round 2, Pick 52

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    How do the Dolphins kill any of the good vibes that came from an excellent first round? 

    By ignoring needs and trading back in the second round with Philadelphia for two additional fifth-round picks, followed by drafting a defensive tackle. 

    The pick is Jordan Phillips from Oklahoma, and there are many reasons why this is not a good pick. 

    Phillips is a tremendous athlete and a huge man at 6'5", 340 pounds, but he wasn't very productive at Oklahoma and is two years removed from back surgery. 

    He's a developmental pick who shows flashes but doesn't impress with consistency. 

    Miami needed a cornerback with Eric Rowe on the board. The team needed a linebacker with Denzel Perryman on the board too. 

    Instead, the Dolphins traded down and decided to draft a position that was already the deepest on the team. 

    Grade: C

    Click here for a Jordan Phillips draft-pick breakdown. 

Round 4, Pick 114

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    Guard was the next position to fill, and one of the biggest needs for the Dolphins going into the draft. 

    Hence, it became their first selection of Day 3, as they drafted Arizona State's Jamil Douglas. 

    Douglas fits the mold of who the Dolphins want at guard. He was a tackle at Arizona State but only during his redshirt senior season. He was a guard from 2011 to 2013. 

    Even with the change of position, Douglas was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2014 at tackle after being a second-team All-Pac-12 selection at guard in 2013. 

    Douglas never missed a game at Arizona State, as he played in all 13 games as a reserve in 2011, then started every game afterward. 

    Douglas has the perfect athleticism to play guard in the NFL and will compete for a starting job with Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner this summer. Only his toughness has really been questioned, but I don't see how when a player starts or plays in every game during his career. 

    Grade: A-

    Click here for a Jamil Douglas draft-pick breakdown. 

Round 5, Pick 145

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    The secondary was addressed in Round 5 through the selection of Memphis cornerback Bobby McCain. 

    There's a lot to like about the Memphis product, including his tackling ability, athleticism and intelligence. He played slot corner, but he also played outside too. He was very good at defending against the run and fights through blockers well. 

    What's not to like is the fact that McCain is very small, coming in at 5'9", 195 pounds. He has shown the ability to play beyond his size, and he's a good fit for Miami's scheme. 

    Grade: B+

    Click here for a Bobby McCain draft-pick breakdown.

Round 5, Pick 149

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    If you can fill a need while taking the best player available, you take the chance to do it. 

    That's what the Dolphins did with their acquisition of Boise State running back Jay Ajayi. 

    This pick was a steal. Ajayi is a great complement to Lamar Miller, has the perfect size at 6'0", 221 pounds and was one of the better pass-catchers in the draft. 

    Ajayi is the only player in FBS history to run for 1,800 yards and have 500 yards receiving. His catching ability makes him Miami's third-down back. 

    Grade: A+

    Click here for a Jay Ajayi draft-pick breakdown.

Round 5, Pick 150

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    Depth was added to Miami's secondary with the selection of Ced Thompson out of Minnesota

    Thompson is a 6'0", 208-pound safety who started every game for the Gophers at safety last season. He matched up well with tight ends as he was often assigned with covering them. 

    Thompson showed great athleticism at his pro day, recording a 4.5 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 40'4", and a broad jump of 10'2". 

    Miami has added depth in the secondary, and the players fit the scheme well. 

    Grade: B+

    Click here for a Ced Thompson draft-pick breakdown.

Round 5, Pick 156

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    For the final pick in Miami's draft, the Dolphins decided to either strengthen their wide receivers or secondary. 

    It's an either or because that's what Michigan State's Tony Lippett is, and I like taking a chance on this type of player late in the draft. 

    Miami drafted Lippett—the Big Ten receiver of the year—with the intention of playing him as a cornerback. He played corner at Michigan State in 2011 before transitioning to wide receiver. 

    Lippett has drawn comparisons to Richard Sherman, and if he plays half as well as Sherman, Miami will have a steal in the fifth round. 

    Grade: A-

    Click here for a Tony Lippett draft-pick breakdown.