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2013 Draft Grades Roundup
By on April 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

dion-jordanThe general reaction a few days after the 2013 Draft:  If nothing else, the Dolphins were bold. They’re going for it.

Yahoo’s Jason Cole, the former Dolphins beat writer for the Sun-Sentinel, gave Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins his only “A” grade, impressed with what the Dolphins GM has been able to do the last two years.

Here are his and a few other takes on the Dolphins’ Draft haul:

Jason Cole, Yahoo!: A

This year, Ireland wasn’t as desperate, but was aggressive in getting Jordan, the consensus pick as the top pass rusher in the draft. The price to move up was cheap (only a second-rounder) and Ireland still came up with a couple of young cornerbacks to help his depleted secondary. Between this draft and free agency (WR Mike Wallace, CB Brent Grimes), the Dolphins have brought in a serious amount of talent, particularly on defense.

Alex Marvez, Fox Sports: A

By moving up nine spots to No. 3 in the first round via a trade with Oakland, Miami secured a player they hope is the second coming of Jason Taylor in Oregon outside linebacker/defensive end Jordan. Although there are still questions surrounding the left tackle position after the Dolphins chose Jordan instead of Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, Miami boosted its thin secondary by drafting cornerbacks Jamar Taylor (second round) and Utah State’s Will Davis (third).

Thomas Galica, Bleacher Report: A-

Overall, it was a very good draft for Miami, as they attempted to build a defense that could stop the New England Patriots offense, and could possibly lead Miami into the playoffs.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: B+

I’m very much on the Dion Jordan bandwagon, but he told me himself that he fit better on a 3-4 defense than at 4-3 end. So, either Miami needs to adjust or Jordan has to prove himself wrong to avoid the Dolphins busting out on their big Round 1 trade. Elsewhere, there might be four or five legitimate starters here, including T/G Dallas Thomas. CB Jamar Taylor was a favorite of mine at that position.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:

Jeff Ireland made a bold move to go up and snag Jordan. Since he liked him that much, he deserves credit for that. Taylor and third-round pick Dallas Thomas address major needs.

Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN: B-

They could get three good players from those first three picks, but they did give up value for Jordan, so the onus is on them to make that pick become a success.

 

Related: Meet The Dolphins 2013 Draft Choices


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professorlou says:

If you take a look at the draft as what took place during the draft only you could come away with some mixed feelings but if you take the draft plus the players signed afterwards as a whole things just got a lot better. Look at some of these guys:

Michael Clay – I say this kid makes it on st’s and maybe supplants Spitler on the roster.
Brandon Ogletree is a tackling machine from BYU.
Terrell Sinkfield is not just fast or another Clyde Gates but he can catch just about everything you throw his way. I believe he makes the cut. He could be this team’s Marques Colston.
Jordan Kovacs is another player who I think makes the cut and will be playing safety for this team. I think he will earn the spot Jimmy Wilson currently occupies on the roster.
Cameron Marshall may very well become the short yardage/goal line back. He could be this team’s Alfred Morris.
David Hinds is getting a tryout with the team. He’s a long shot to make it and that’s ok but the talent is there and that’s what I like about the UDFA’s this team has gone after.

professorlou says:

There were a couple of questionable picks this year in the Will Davs and Jelani Jenkins picks but the Dion Jordan and Jamar Taylor picks gives the defense two bonafide blue chip players. Wile I would give those two picks an A to A+ I would give the Davis and Jenkins picks a C- to a D.
I would grade the Dallas Thomas pick a B+ at this point because I feel he was picked up to play guard which gives them tremendous depth at the position on the offensive line. However, the fact that he can play tackle as well is a plus and could be their alternative on the right side if they fail to sign a FA tackle
When I look at this draft overall I’d have to say it deserves a B at best. I think Jeff Ireland did a good job picking the talent that was available. You can’t move up a bunch of spots in every rd and there’s no guarantess no matter who you pick. But, the B comes from the fact that the offensive line and cornerback positions didn’t get more solid. With only one offensive lineman taken the search continues for a tackle.