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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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