Only Time Will Tell If The Right Players Were Selected
Considering who’s the right player means considering a team’s needs
The Miami Dolphins completed the 2017 draft by also adding 14 undrafted free agents. Many people inside the organization are very pleased about the players they were able to get.
The undrafted players include WR Malcolm Lewis, WR Drew Morgan, WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR Francis Owusu, RB De’Veon Smith, OT Eric Smith, ILB Chase Allen, OLB Praise Martin-Oguike, DE Joby Saint Fleur, DE Cameron Malveaux, S Maurice Smith, CB Torry McTyer, CB Larry Hope, and P Matthew Haack.
The Mel Kiper’s, and Todd McShay’s of the world are already giving the Dolphins a sub-par draft grade.
What do they, the Dolphins… or we the fans really know?
Only time knows, and only in time will the truth be known.
But for fans of football, giving draft grades right after the draft is a fun thing to do–even though there is as much real accuracy to it as a blind man shooting behind his back, while using a mirror to take aim.
There are plenty of professionals and amateurs alike making prognostications. However, no one has a crystal ball, and any NFL football fan worth his salt know it takes a couple of years worth of game data to make an accurate and fair draft grade.
The long haul will determine if Miami made the right picks
But reality is, some have more Nostradamus in them than others–and again, only time will tell.
So let my–and your–Nostradamus impersonation begin.
I love the philosophy behind how we drafted: by letting the board come to us, instead of trading up and trading away draft picks like we have done in the past. I’ll forgive them the one trade up for Asiata (because I think he will be a player) by giving up one of our three 5th rounders.
Mike Tannenbaum, Chris Grier and Adam Gase stuck with the best player available strategy by selecting players that THEY had graded at the top of their board, while at the same time drafting players at clear positions of need.
Miami came into this draft needing help at DE, LB, OG, DT, CB and S, and besides Safety, they accomplished the goal of adding players at these positions.
Just on that fact alone, I think the philosophy was a very good one.
However, the multi-million-dollar question that remains to be answered is, did we select the right players at those position?
Truth is truth. And despite fan fervor, truth will eventually hit like a hammer.
By Miami selecting DE Charles Harris, they passed on DE Taco Charlton, ILB Reuben Foster, OLB T.J. Watt, and OG Forrest Lamp, and DT Malik McDowell. Each of these players were drafted shortly after our first round selection of Harris, and each of these players would have filled a need, so it will be very interesting to track each of these players careers to see if we made the right choice.
Grier needs to be more right than wrong for the Dolphins to grow
Lamp and Watt have the highest motor, and would seem the two more likely to make Miami regret not taking them. But Watt is injury riddled, and Lamp plays at less premier position. So in the end, the Harris pick will leave little regret.
On our second pick we choose Raekwon McMillan, but passed on ILB Zach Cunningham, S Obi Melifonwu, C Etan Pocic, S Josh Jones, OG Dion Dawkins, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, CB Ankello Witherspoon, DE Dawaune Smoot, C Pat Elfein, OG Dan Feeney, and DE Jordan Willis.
This one is difficult for me to gauge. Mcmillan’s play is both unfamiliar and unspectacular. He will be likely have to best Cunningham, and the rest, with consistency. On this one my crystal ball is foggy. I like what I’m learning about him, and I have a feeling he will be a player for the Dolphins, but will he be the best they could have had at #54? I’ll need to seem some snaps to come to a conclusion on this one.
I’ll take any enlightenment on Miami’s other options V.S. McMillan?
None of us, or even Miami will have nailed every evaluation, but as I said earlier, some have more Nostradamus in them than others. Hopefully Miami has more than most of the other franchises. I have heard from many fans that De’Veon Smith could make some real noise. I loved the info and now have all eyes on him. So what are the rest of the Miami Dolphins news fans thoughts about how Miami did this weekend? And what players do you wished we picked instead of the ones we actually choose?