On day two of the NFL draft the Dolphins had 3 picks scheduled, two in the 2nd and one in the 3rd (39th,56th & 70th) and I felt they followed a disturbing pattern of reaching for players, what do I mean by reaching? Taking players that most draft boards had them graded/ranked further down the draft board than where they were picked. There is no better example than the first pick of the 2nd round pick number 39.
- With the 39th pick of the 2nd round the Miami Dolphins took OT/OG Robert Hunt from Louisiana Lafayette, he is a versatile player who can play the T/G position a big body lineman that will be tossed in the mix.
He was ranked 82nd on the Sporting news top 100 players and ranked 128th on the CBS top 250 players 78th on the Draft Networks top prospects list, and 58th on the ESPN top 100 Draft Prospects and 56th on Walters Football BIG BOARD and 61st on the NFL.com Draft Prospects list yet Miami used their 39th pick to draft OT Robert Hunt?
They could have taken him with the next pick at 56 from all indications, there were some quality players still on board early in round two that Miami should have targeted.
I get what the Dolphins are trying to do and for the most part I totally agree, they are building along the trenches (Offensive and Defensive Lines) and it is often what we call the unsexy picks but the kind of players that are the backbone of the team.
The only issue I have is they passed up on some quality players at positions of need with pick 39, like the running backs and safeties that were available early in round two, players who I honestly feel would have been better choices at 39 such as…
- RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
- RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
- RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
- OL Lucas Niang, TCU
- OL Josh Jones, Houston
- OC Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
- DL A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
- DL Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
- DL Justin Madukbuike, Texas A&M
- DL Ross Blacklock, TCU
- DB Xavier McKinney, Alabama
- DB Grant Delpit, LSU
- DB Antoine Winfield Jr., University of Minnesota
- DB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
- DB Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
I also felt Miami reached in round one with pick number Pick #18 OT Austin Jackson, and pick #30 Noah Igbinoghene as both players had a second round grade by most draft analyst.
- With the 56th pick, the Dolphins took DT Raekwon Davis Alabama
This is by far the best pick they have made because he fills a position of need and is not a reach at 56th, I actually love this pick as he will now be in the rotation with our young DT’s Davon Godchaux and Christian Wilkins last years first round pick. This pick improves our run defense as he is a immovable object that should clog the middle of the line.
- With the 70th pick the Dolphins took S Brandon Jones Texas
This was once again another reach as he is listed as the 175th player on the NFL.com Draft Prospects list and the 129th player on on the Draft Networks top prospects list but he is a position of need, just he could have been a day 3 pick IMO.
The Dolphins enter day 3 with a boatload of picks (9 total) that one would have though they would have traded back into round 3 by trading up, they still have an opportunity to do so and move up in round 4 because the next pick they have is at the end of the 4th round, but they have two 4th round picks (136, 141) and three 5th round picks (153, 154, 173) and a 6th round pick (185) and three 7th round picks (227, 246, 251) to work with.
This has been a huge let down draft so far for me because I feel Miami reached way too much and passed up on some quality players and position of need that they should have addressed so far they get a strong C grade from TDS.
Day three is the last day of the draft and we shall see what the Dolphins will do to conclude this 2020 NFL draft.