Since you can gather general draft ideas from just about anywhere, we want to focus our coverage solely on the Dolphins. What will Miami look for at each position as the rebuild begins in 2019? This series is a collection of three things:
1.) Job-descriptions required for each position to be a Miami Dolphin
2.) Travis’ personal Dolphins-centric big-board for each position
3.) Confirmed player visits (Shrine, Senior Bowl, Combine, Pro-Day, 30 visit)
Two tangibles were identified both by Chris Grier and Brian Flores during their combine media availability.
The league is presently in a state of mid-evolution. The ability to overcome less-than-ideal pass protection and create passing lanes is becoming more important than ever. Mobility isn’t merely a measure of a quarterback’s running skill set, but rather an overall scope of how a he can maneuver within the pocket and manipulate his release point to mitigate precarious circumstances.
Accuracy should be every staff’s priority with the quarterback. Setting up the pass catcher to run after the catch, throwing receivers open, anticipating, all of these are elements of accurate passing.
Then there’s the intangibles. And this might come across as a shot to former starter Ryan Tannehill, but Grier specifically mentioned that all the physical tools in the world don’t matter if a quarterback isn’t wired properly. Does he command the respect of his teammates? How does he function in a locker room, in the film room and on the practice field? This will CERTAINLY be atop Miami’s QB wish list.
Quarterback Big Board
|2||Dwayne Haskins||Ohio State||1|
|4||Brett Rypien||Boise State||3-4|
|7||Jordan Ta’amu||Ole Miss||4-5|
|8||Easton Stick||North Dakota State||5-6|
|9||Will Grier||West Virginia||4-5|
Reported Dolphins Meetings:
Kyler Murray – Oklahoma
Dwayne Haskins – Ohio State
Drew Lock – Missouri
Jordan Ta’amu – Ole Miss
Brett Rypien – Boise State
Daniel Jones – Duke
Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
Will Grier – West Virginia
Miami Dolphins select Ohio State’s Isaiah Prince in the sixth round
With their sixth-round pick and 202 overall, the Miami Dolphins selected offensive tackle Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State
The Dolphins received the 202nd pick as part of the package in Day 2’s trade-down with the Saints. After moving down and chipping in their fourth-rounder, the Fins got the late sixth-rounder in return as part of the deal.
The Dolphins took Isaiah Prince out of another strong program that consistently shoots out offensive lineman, Ohio State. Prince’s teammate, Michael Jordan, went earlier on Day 3 to the Bengals.
Isaiah Prince is a tough evaluation. I wasn’t a big fan and Prince often times was on the losing end of the point of attack. He was called for numerous holding calls and I saw him on the ground a lot. This might be because he has less-than-ideal foot movement. I am interested to see how he factors into the Dolphins’ grand scheme. He might specialize in becoming the swing tackle.
Isaiah Prince is very raw, but the Ohio State pedigree for trench players speaks for itself, so this could turn into a good late-round pick with a little time and development.
Dolphins Draft Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel
Miami had quite a wait before its first day-three selection. In the fifth-round, with the 151st-pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. A JUCO transfer, Van Ginkel picked up 12 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his Badgers’ career (off the bench in 2017, starter in 2018). The linebacker added two interceptions, five pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.
We like the way you think, @MiamiDolphins… Draft Grade A++
Not one, but TWO Badgers drafted
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) April 27, 2019
The Dolphins have a glaring hole in the assumed Kyle Van Noy role, in a player that can play inside and outside at the linebacker position. Miami will attempt to develop Van Ginkel to set the edge in the running game, blitz the quarterback, and move all over the formation.
40-yard dash: Did not run
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical: 38 inches
Broad: 123 inches
Short Shuttle: 4.14
Van Ginkel has a similar build to Van Noy. At 6-foot-3, 241 pounds with 32 1/2 inch arms, the length and backfield production surely attracted Miami to Van Ginkel’s game.
Via that report from NFL.com, Van Ginkel plays with a high-motor, plays through injuries, and has the requisite athletic ability to play a multi-faceted role in the defense. His lean build and lack of power makes him a questionable edge-setter, which could prove problematic in the new defense. He allows blockers into his frame and doesn’t disengage very often.
Van Ginkel figures to make the squad on special teams and serve as depth in the linebackers room.
What positions will the Miami Dolphins address on Day 3 of the Draft
The Miami Dolphins still have four picks left in the 2019 NFL Draft. Which positions should and will be addressed by the time the dust settles on on the 209 NFL Draft?
With the trades that came yesterday on Day 2, the Dolphins are left without a fourth-round pick. They used pick 116 as a kickback-pick to the Saints when trading down from 48 to 62. Although they scooped the Saints’ 2020 second-rounder, the Dolphins will now have to wait until pick 151 to get their first selection of the day.
At 151, partway through the fifth round, the Dolphins could still get some good value. I would look for them to go in on the edge rushers. Some guys I would personally like to see at that pick are Arkansas State’s Ronheen Bingham, Eastern Michigan’s Maxx Crosby, Georgia’s Jonathan Ledbetter, Iowa’s Anthony Nelson, or Oregon’s Justin Hollins.
Charles Omenihu is surprisingly still available, but I expect him to be selected sometime during the fourth round. Here’s a more comprehensive list of available edge rushers from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
I also expect the Miami Dolphins to address the offensive line again at some point during Day 3. Michael Deiter, the third-round pick, is a good start, but I’d like to see another draft pick get dedicated to the interior offensive line. I wouldn’t be upset to see the Dolphins select a right tackle, either, even if Jesse Davis is already tentatively penciled in there.
Some targets that I’d like in the later rounds include Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt, Notre Dame’s Alex Bars, Arkansas’ Hjalte Froholdt, Kentucky’s Bunchy Stallings, Florida’s Martez Ivey or Miami’s Venzell Boulware. Here are some more prospects that could be available later today for the offensive line. Here’s a second perspective from Kevin Brown on some of the talent still on the board for Day 3, as well.
OL prospects still available?
• iOL Michael Jordan
• OG Ben Powers
• OT David Edwards
• OG Dru Samia
• OT Isaiah Prince
• OG Ben Benzschawel
• OT Derwin Gray
• OT-OG Martez Ivey
• OT Mitch Hyatt
• iOL Ross Pierschbacher
• iOL Lamont Gaillard
• OG Javon Patterson
— Kevin Brown (@NFLdraftnik) April 27, 2019
The third position I’d like to see get selected is cornerback or safety. There are still some hidden gems available and some of them could still be available in the seventh round. Some of my personal favorites include Sheldrick Redwine from Miami, Xavier Crawford from Central Michigan, Jimmy Moreland from James Madison, Hamp Cheevers from Boston College, Ka’dar Hollman from Toledo, and Blace Brown from Troy. Here are some rankings for the best remaining defensive backs.
The final position I would address is quarterback. Yes, you read that right. I’m still taking a flier on a late-round quarterback and keeping three of them on the roster for 2019. Josh Rosen is the new kid on the block, but I would nab someone like Garnder Minshew with the 234th and final selection for the Dolphins. For a better understanding of the late-round quarterbacks, here’s a piece I did talking about the deep-dive prospects.
Once it’s all said and done, I am hoping that the Miami Dolphins will have drafted several of these positions. Edge, DB, offensive line and quarterback are on the wish list for the remainder of the draft.
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