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Round 1: (No. 13 overall) Christian Wilkins, DE, 16 games/14 starts.
Round 3: (78) Michael Deiter, OG, 16 games/15 starts.
Round 5: (151) Andrew Van Ginkel, OLB, 6 games/1 starts.
Round 6: (202) Isaiah Prince, OT, 4 games/2 starts (finished season on Bengals).
Round 7: (233) Chandler Cox, FB, 13 games/3 starts; (234) Myles Gaskin, RB, 7 games/0 starts.
Notable rookie FA signings: Nate Brooks, CB, 3 games/2 starts; Shaq Calhoun, OG, 10 games/ 7 starts; Nik Needham, CB, 12 games/11 starts; Preston Williams, WR, 8 games/7 starts.

The Dolphins' first two selections produced a pair of Year 1 starters, but they experienced varying degrees of success. Wilkins' most impressive trait might be his unrelenting motor, which allowed him to rack up an impressive 56 tackles despite lining up primarily on the defensive interior. He also flashed athleticism, versatility, infectious energy and a unique approach to trash talking ( "I'm not scared of you!"), but he didn't routinely disrupt opposing quarterbacks, which is the name of the game in 2020. (He did, however, boost the Dolphins' aerial attack with a one-handed touchdown grab in December.) Deiter led Miami's offense in snaps and probably has the most upside of any Dolphins O-lineman -- a low bar, to be certain -- but he was benched in favor of an undrafted rookie in December. GM Chris Grier's most impressive work might have actually come after the draft concluded, when he unearthed an undrafted gem on each side of the ball. Williams tied for the most catches among rookies (32) before suffering a torn ACL in Week 9. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder put together quite a highlight reel in half a season. Meanwhile, Needham was pulled up from the practice squad in Week 6 and immediately tossed into the starting-lineup fire. He survived! And, at times, thrived, finishing the season with a team-high 11 pass breakups and two picks.

Combine/free agency focus: Throughout this rebuilding process, two words have been top of mind for Fin fans: Tuanigamanuolepola Tagovailoa. OK, maybe one word -- Tua -- because we're a simple-minded species. The prolific Alabama quarterback has reportedly been the apple of Miami owner Stephen Ross' eye basically since the southpaw slinger burst on the scene with a national title-winning relief effort back in January of 2018. And while his season-ending hip dislocation this past November has A) only added to an extensive injury history and
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placed his draft stock in flux, Tagovailoa decided to enter the draft following his junior campaign. Will the Dolphins look to target him at No. 5 overall? Might they move up or down before securing his services? With extensive draft currency at their disposal -- including five picks in the first 56 selections of this April's event -- Miami will be able to work the board. The question is: How compromised is Tua's body at this point? While he'll miss physical activities at the NFL Scouting Combine, the plan is to have him work out for teams before the draft. All medical check-ups will be the subject of breathless reporting between now and then. Whoever's quarterbacking the Dolphins -- in 2020 and beyond -- needs far better protection from his offensive line. One of the most amazing aspects of Ryan Fitzpatrick's inspired play in 2019 is that he was continually able to overcome the worst offensive line in football. (That's not hyperbole: Pro Football Focus ranked Miami 32nd in OL pass blocking efficiency.) Grier needs to address that sieve in free agency and the draft. Fortunately, the Dolphins are flush with cash, as a highly publicized roster turnover has left them with a gargantuan chunk of cap space.
 

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Love the way the team is trending … hoping these guys step their game up in year two … looking forward to Wilkins becoming disruptive and Deiter showing needed improvement ….

We may be forming a much needed nucleus for our team … IF we can add 2 more starters on the OL/DL this draft (Of course we want more … and here's hoping for more and a couple plug and play FA's) we will be so much further ahead than at the beginning of last season … I hope we nab a starting caliber CB, OL AND DL (edge) in this draft

Side note: "Grier sucks and needs to be fired" comments in 3... 2... 1... :munch:
 

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Fair mark at this point, but in reality you need to give a draft class 2/3 years. I think this mark could go a lot higher if Wilkins [a pro bowl or two in the future helps to justify the use of a r1 pick] and Dieter [an extra year for experience and better talent around him can only be a plus] do become long term starters, Van Ginkel showed a bit after a season ruined by injury [hello McMillian?]. If the running game takes off next season Cox could play a solid part in it, thought he may of gotten more opportunities but a poor OL doesn't help. Gaskin next season is make or break.
If Van Ginkel and Cox or Gaskin do become significant players, then an A mark with 4 contributing players from 6 picks would be fair.
Adding in the undrafted rookies - if Williams and Needham keep developing the way they started this year, even if one or two of the above don't pan out a A mark is still achievable.
 

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beside wilkins and couple f/a and waver pick up. I think they did great job but they need more talent on team.
 

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Williams and Needham were our two best rookies and they weren’t drafted. Here’s an idea - let’s not use our draft picks at all. Just say “pass” each time on the clock. This way fewer players will be drafted overall and we can go nuts in the post-draft signing process!!!
 

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Round 1: (No. 13 overall) Christian Wilkins, DE, 16 games/14 starts.
Round 3: (78) Michael Deiter, OG, 16 games/15 starts.
Round 5: (151) Andrew Van Ginkel, OLB, 6 games/1 starts.
Round 6: (202) Isaiah Prince, OT, 4 games/2 starts (finished season on Bengals).
Round 7: (233) Chandler Cox, FB, 13 games/3 starts; (234) Myles Gaskin, RB, 7 games/0 starts.
Notable rookie FA signings: Nate Brooks, CB, 3 games/2 starts; Shaq Calhoun, OG, 10 games/ 7 starts; Nik Needham, CB, 12 games/11 starts; Preston Williams, WR, 8 games/7 starts.

The Dolphins' first two selections produced a pair of Year 1 starters, but they experienced varying degrees of success. Wilkins' most impressive trait might be his unrelenting motor, which allowed him to rack up an impressive 56 tackles despite lining up primarily on the defensive interior. He also flashed athleticism, versatility, infectious energy and a unique approach to trash talking ( "I'm not scared of you!"), but he didn't routinely disrupt opposing quarterbacks, which is the name of the game in 2020. (He did, however, boost the Dolphins' aerial attack with a one-handed touchdown grab in December.) Deiter led Miami's offense in snaps and probably has the most upside of any Dolphins O-lineman -- a low bar, to be certain -- but he was benched in favor of an undrafted rookie in December. GM Chris Grier's most impressive work might have actually come after the draft concluded, when he unearthed an undrafted gem on each side of the ball. Williams tied for the most catches among rookies (32) before suffering a torn ACL in Week 9. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder put together quite a highlight reel in half a season. Meanwhile, Needham was pulled up from the practice squad in Week 6 and immediately tossed into the starting-lineup fire. He survived! And, at times, thrived, finishing the season with a team-high 11 pass breakups and two picks.

Combine/free agency focus: Throughout this rebuilding process, two words have been top of mind for Fin fans: Tuanigamanuolepola Tagovailoa. OK, maybe one word -- Tua -- because we're a simple-minded species. The prolific Alabama quarterback has reportedly been the apple of Miami owner Stephen Ross' eye basically since the southpaw slinger burst on the scene with a national title-winning relief effort back in January of 2018. And while his season-ending hip dislocation this past November has A) only added to an extensive injury history and
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placed his draft stock in flux, Tagovailoa decided to enter the draft following his junior campaign. Will the Dolphins look to target him at No. 5 overall? Might they move up or down before securing his services? With extensive draft currency at their disposal -- including five picks in the first 56 selections of this April's event -- Miami will be able to work the board. The question is: How compromised is Tua's body at this point? While he'll miss physical activities at the NFL Scouting Combine, the plan is to have him work out for teams before the draft. All medical check-ups will be the subject of breathless reporting between now and then. Whoever's quarterbacking the Dolphins -- in 2020 and beyond -- needs far better protection from his offensive line. One of the most amazing aspects of Ryan Fitzpatrick's inspired play in 2019 is that he was continually able to overcome the worst offensive line in football. (That's not hyperbole: Pro Football Focus ranked Miami 32nd in OL pass blocking efficiency.) Grier needs to address that sieve in free agency and the draft. Fortunately, the Dolphins are flush with cash, as a highly publicized roster turnover has left them with a gargantuan chunk of cap space.
I love how on draft day, the Pats are always an A. “They nailed it AGAIN”. Then the guys take the field and it’s the same nucleus of players carrying them - very little in recent years in the way of rookie contribution. I like seeing the D+.
 

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At least the 2018 rookie class stepped up in year two. That thing was headed for brutalville if kwon and gesicki didn’t elevate
Nothing will ever top 2013, will it? Could it?
 

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Why wouldn't he? It's "rookie" not "draft" class!
I think it goes without saying that unless you hit on your draft picks you shouldn’t have a plus grade with rookies

although the jury’s still out you won’t find a more gutted roster/opportunity than the one we fielded in 2019
 

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Williams and Needham were our two best rookies and they weren’t drafted. Here’s an idea - let’s not use our draft picks at all. Just say “pass” each time on the clock. This way fewer players will be drafted overall and we can go nuts in the post-draft signing process!!!
You mean we will be able to sign Tua as a undrafted rookie? Now that will be the steal of a life time. ;)
 
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