Dolphins Draft Observations

The 2013 draft has come and gone and, as always, it will take a few years before he can fully evaluate the performance of the Dolphins and every other team in the league. That doesn't mean we can't have some early impressions and reactions.

-- We'll start from the top, meaning first-round pick Dion Jordan and the move to get him. You not only have to like the aggressiveness shown there by GM Jeff Ireland, but also the fact he was able to move up from 12th to third by giving up only the 42nd overall pick. That is not a big price to move up that high.

-- At 6-6, 250, Jordan really looks the part and we already know about his athletic ability. The truth about the top pass-rushing prospects — Jordan, Ezekiel Ansah and Barkevious Mingo — all were drafted highly because of potential, so the Dolphins weren't only on this one.

-- Of all the names we'd heard in connection with the Dolphins in the first round, Jordan is the one who fills the biggest need. Easily. Cornerback Dee Milliner would have been second.

-- Even if it takes a while for Jordan to reach his full potential, make no mistake, he should help right away.

-- Not to put pressure on the kid, but it would be somewhat disappointing if Jamar Taylor didn't start pretty quickly. The Dolphins don't have many sure things at cornerback and Taylor looks like a good one.

-- I'm sure the Dolphins had their reasons for trading Davone Bess — depth at wide receiver, his lack of size, his lack of big plays, his contract — but I can't help but be disappointed that they didn't get more in return. I mean, the guy is a quality player and swapping fourth-round picks and swapping a seventh for a fifth isn't a big return.

-- On the flip side, I like the Dolphins having made no move for Branden Albert. It would have been disappointing to see them give up a second-round pick while giving him the kind of contract they didn't want to give Jake Long.

-- Third-round pick Dallas Thomas brings some intriguing versatility, having started at tackle and guard at Tennessee. At this point, it sure looks as though Jonathan Martin will be the starting left tackle and the right tackle spot could come down to Thomas, Nate Garner or a free agent out there, perhaps Eric Winston.

-- Not sure I'm crazy about picking three cornerbacks when the Dolphins already has volume on the roster — Don Jones played both safety and cornerback at Arkansas State, but Ireland indicated he would start off at cornerback. Then again, there's nothing with adding depth and competition and you obviously increase your chances for success by doubling up and tripling up on a position.

-- Really like the selection of Jelani Jenkins, who will be a stud no special teams from the start. He's also got good speed and can cover.

-- Not a surprise at all that both Ireland and Coach Joe Philbin said there will be a competition between Dan Carpenter and fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis. But Sturgis was the best kicker in the draft and he'll be the Dolphins kicker in 2013 unless he flops in camp.

-- Dion Sims was a very good pick-up at tight end because he gives the Dolphins the kind of size they didn't before have. He could be in line for a lot of playing time as a rookie.


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