Stacking Miami’s Draft Board as Locked On Dolphins Sees It
It’s draft night! We made it through the blustery winter months and finally have a football evening to celebrate as we welcome a truckload of brand new Miami Dolphins into the program.
Finally, after months of endless debate, we will have answers to the questions regarding Miami’s intentions with this year’s draft class.
This year has been especially difficult trying to get an idea of Chris Grier, Brian Flores, and all the new faces’ vision for this draft weekend. Fortifying the foundation, ahead of what should be a much flashier 2020 offseason, is the presumed goal, but nobody outside the walls in Davie, FL truly knows what will happen.
Here, we look at the top five options, by round, for Miami for the draft tonight, tomorrow, and concluding on Saturday evening.
OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
After roughly 25 revisions to this list, this is my final answer. Multiple names could be added but I feel confident in the prototype of each of these players matching Miami’s checklist of demands, and each playing a big position of need on this roster.
Williams and Taylor are relatively interchangeable for my money — both are plug-and-play, 1,000 snap players with accomplished college pedigrees. Gardner-Johnson’s versatility in the secondary frees up Minkah Fitzpatrick to be a Swiss Army Knife while Bradbury might be the best lineman in the class. Winovich is more than deserving of a first round selection and has had one of the most impressive offseason runs in this entire class.
G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
DE Charles Omenihu, Texas
S Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State
DE L.J. Collier, TCU
S Darnell Savage, Maryland
Lindstrom likely comes off the board before pick-48, maybe even in the first round — the same could be said for the other four names on this list. Each of these players enters training camp as a favorite to start the season opener if donning the aqua and orange. Lindstrom started over 50 games at BC, Omenihu and Collier are a glove-like fits on this Miami D-line, and Abram and Savage fill immediate and long-term needs at the safety position alongside Minkah Fitzpatrick.
C Elton Jenkins, Mississippi State
DE Zach Allen, Boston College
CB David Long, Michigan
DT Trysten Hill, UCF
LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Jenkins, like Lindstrom, could easily come off the board before this — he would anchor the middle of Miami’s offensive line. Zach Allen plays double duty (run and pass) more than adequately enough to earn a crack at a starting job. David Long checks off the massively important “A” categories (aptitude and athleticism). Trysten Hill is a sub-package monster inside and Blake Cashman might be the surest tackler in this draft.
OLB Justin Hollins, Oregon
OT Chuma Edoga, USC
C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
OLB Ben Banogu, TCU
S Mike Edwards, Kentucky
Justin Hollins has the length to solidify the edge of the Miami defense. Chuma Edoga is only going to get better and would enter camp as the favorite to win the Right Tackle job. Lamont Gaillard has a strong anchor and would compete with Dan Kilgore, while Ben Banogu falls into a similar category as Hollins. Mike Edwards is a quintessential replacement for Reshad Jones if he is indeed on a short leash in Miami.
RB James Williams, Washington State
QB Brett Rypien, Boise State
DE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
G Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas
WR David Sills, West Virginia
Tailback is a sneaky need for Miami — especially a pass catching phenom like Williams. Brett Rypien has the mental make-up that will entice Miami and Maxx Crosby is the high-motor type that every team needs. Froholdt is a developmental prospect with major upside and Davis Sills is quietly a tremendous option to compete with Devante Parker and Brice Butler for the X position.
QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State
CB Jamel Dean, Auburn
RB Ryquell Armstead, Temple
LB Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
LB Sione Takitaki, BYU
Miami doesn’t have a pick in the sixth-round, but could easily stumble upon a selection here with a trade. Stick is a development pick for the backup QB position, Jamel Dean has the testing metrics, and length, Miami will like, and Ryquell Armstead is a lunch pail ball carrier. I have no idea where Hanks comes off the board — he has upside, but his workouts (injury) were dreadful. Sione Takitaki has some terrific game tape and some dreadful ones as well — he’s been on Miami’s radar.
CB Derek Baity, Kentucky
WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State
CB Ka’dar Holloman, Toledo
S Corrion Ballard, Utah
Players in this range need to play on special teams to make the roster. Baity, Holloman, Ballard and Holloman offer prowess in that department with speed, tackling skills and will. Gardner Minshew is on this list purely for the fact that he will improve whichever quarterback room he enters this spring; not for his physical traits, but his aptitude and personality.
I finished writing this merely 27 hours out from the start of the first round and it’s hitting me — THE DRAFT IS HERE!
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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.
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— 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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