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The Miami Dolphins finished 2018 with a 7-9 record and made multiple changes in the off-season, including a new head coach in Brian Flores.
How did they do in this year’s NFL Draft?
|Andrew Van Ginkel||151||LB||Wisconsin|
|Isaiah Prince||202||OT||Ohio State|
|Ryan Anderson||OL||Wake Forest|
|Deion Calhoun||OL||Mississippi State|
|Preston Williams||WR||Colorado State|
TEAM 2019 Outlook
The Dolphins moved on from QB Ryan Tannehill in the offseason and picked up journeymen Ryan Fitzpatrick. But the cards fell in their lap when the Arizona Cardinals took Kyler Murray with the 1st overall pick and subsequently traded Josh Rosen to the Dolphins.
The 2018 10th overall pick is a great pick up for the new coaching staff in Miami. Expect Rosen to start over FitzMagic.
The Dolphins first official offensive player taken in the Draft was OG Michael Deiter. Wisconsin has produced some incredible offensive linemen over the years and Deiter is among the best. He played 54-games for Wisconsin at Guard, Centre, and Tackle, but his best fit with the Dolphins will be RG. He was named Big Ten player of the year in 2018 and will push current RG Jesse Davis all the way in training camp. Expect Deiter to start week one.
Isaiah Prince, OT from Ohio State, is a strange selection at pick 202. The kid simply cannot use his hands. He doesn’t use his 300 plus pound frame to his advantage and can’t block that well either. He will be a special team’s player at best.
We all know that no one’s position in a team is safe when a new coach comes into the fold. Therefore, the selection of Washington Huskies RB Myles Gaskin at pick 234 is very exciting. Gaskin will easily slip into the RB2 role behind Kenyan Drake, but the former Washington track star could see himself as the RB1 in no time. During four seasons of College, he amassed 945 rushing attempts for 5300 yards and 57 TDs. Not only is he a solid runner of the ball with great agility, but he can also catch the ball too.
He made 65 catches for nearly 500 yards and five TDs. This kid is a dual threat and will help to open the offensive options for Rosen.
WR Preston Williams from Colorado has been signed as a UDFA and is expected to make an impact on a receiving core who is needing a lot of help. It will be a showdown between up to 10 WRs during minicamp and OTAs this offseason. Expect Williams to be front and center of this battle.
The Dolphins used their first pick in 2019 to take an outstanding player at no. 13. Clemson DT Christian Wilkins. A member of the infamous Clemson D-line who won the National Championship in 2018. Despite being a little undersized, he is an excellent pass rusher, uses leverage well and manhandles opponents. Wilkins plays with heart and drive and loves football. He will fit nicely into this lineup.
The UDFA signing of Georgia DE Jonathan Ledbetter is an absolute steal. The fact that no other team picked him up in the draft is a shock. Expect him to slot into the DE2 role and get some reps in his rookie year. He has all the right attributes, height, weight and length and is dominate with his hands. He is hungry for the ball and will be a treat to watch for the fins in 2019.
The acquisitions of Rosen, Gaskin, Deiter, and Wilkins is enough to satisfy anyone. The rest still need plenty of work. Nice first draft in Miami for Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier. I feel for Rosen, if the Dolphins are having a rough season and they end u with a high 2020 Draft pick, there is a good chance, Rosen is thrown to the wolfs again.