Jeff Ireland has been very busy making trades and picks on the 2nd and 3rd day of the NFL draft. The Dolphins used their picks taking
Round 2 pick 22 (54): Dolphins selected CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State.
The Dolphins received an 85.5 grade from NFL.com as many had Taylor as the 3rd ranked CB in this draft.
MIami just selected one of my favorite players in the draft, Boise St CB Jamar Taylor. Consistent player on every tape I studied. Rock solid
More Dolphins: I've ranked Jamar Taylor as the top senior CB since the Senior Bowl.
Jamar Taylor said on himself " I play with swagger. I'm kind of chippy. I like to talk stuff and have fun. I love to play real agressive".
Sounds good to me. I absolutely love the value of this pick. We will have a profile on Taylor shortly further going into all he has to offer.
Round 3 pick 15 (77): Dolphins selected OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
Thomas projects most likely as a RG, it will be interesting to see where they put him. Thomas is versatile and can probably be moved around. Thomas played LT and Guard at Ten. Thomas is 6'5 300 pounds who has had some injuries however Dolphins felt comfortable with his medicals.
For those wondering, Tennessee LG Dallas Thomas, who the Dolphins selected in the 2nd round, is rated by PFW as a 2nd RD talent.
Round 3 pick 31 (93): Dolphins selected CB Will Davis, Utah St.
Phins traded back into the 3rd round to double dip at the CB position. Most people like Davis's tape however are not sure warranted the price tag of trading back up for him. Ireland stated he was eager to grab another CB after 2 had just been taken before Davis.
Will Davis led the NCAA in passes defensed with 22 last season. PFW was given a 2nd/3rd round grade. Davis is a small school stud who had very impressive tape.
SI's Tony Pauline passes along word that Utah State senior CB Will Davis is receiving first-round grades from "several" scouts.
"I see Will Davis as a corner. I see he has corner skillset….he has the skillset to play in this league," Ireland on Davis.
Round 4 pick 7 (104): Dolphins selected LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida
Dolphins continued to build their defense playing a player who will contribute on special teams right away and is known for strong coverage skills. Many had Jenkins as one of the top cover LB in the draft.
Round 4 pick 9 (106): Dolphins selected TE Dion Sims, Michigan St.
Dolphins address a need and take TE Dion Sims. Sims is seen more as a blocking TE than a pure pass catcher. Mike Mayock says that Sims is one of the best inline blockers in the draft. Sims won't explode on the stat sheet but the Dolphins needed blocking support after Fasano left in free agency.
Round 5 pick 31 (164): Dolphins selected RB Mike Gillislee, Florida
Just what the doctor ordered. Dolphins find great value in a player that will come to camp and compete right away for carries. Gillislee has the lead dog at Fla and showed a lot of talent being able to lead a strong running game against some of the best defenses in the SEC. Gillislee can also make plays out of the back field and should take over Daniel Thomas in the depth chart in no time. Mike is a bigger back and also has a nose for finding the endzone.
"I think he's an underlooked, bigger back who does everything well with not one spectacular trait. He'll help out his teammates. He catches the ball well. The Senior Bowl opened my eyes on this kid." — Mike Mayock
There isn't a lot of milage on him so he should have fresh legs to enter the NFL.
Now there's a pick I love. Mike Gilislee to the Dolphins. LOVE IT.
Thought Mike Gillislee showed a real mean streak in blitz pickup at UF. Violent blocker. Carried
#Gators offense on his back last year.
Round 5 pick 33 (166): Dolphins selected K Caleb Sturgis, Florida
Carpenter was way too inconsistent and expensive, Sturgis can be a legitimate upgrade to the roster.
@flasportsbuzz: Last Fins kicker tidbit: Last year, Sturgis was 3 for 3 on FGs of 50 yards or more. 5-6 from 40 to 49
From @AlexMiglio The
#Dolphins didn't have a 6th rd pick and can't trade up in the 7th. 5th rd was their last shot at Sturgis.
Round 7 pick 44 (250): Dolphins selected SS Don Jones, Arkansas State
Don Jones adds depth at safety and will get the opportunity to compete for a backup role behind starter Reshad Jones.
Overall I think this is Jeff Ireland's best draft since taking over as GM. This is the first group of picks that I can say that I am excited by the overall group of players.