D-fense!

Well, the Dolphins brass have made it clear, they wanted to improve the defense, and so far in the 2017 NFL Draft, the first 3 picks have gone to that side of the ball.  In the 1st RD pick #22, The Dolphins took Mizzou DE Charles Harris (6’3″ 253)

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In the 2nd RD, at pick #54, the Dolphins selected Ohio St. LB Raekwon McMillan (6’2″ 240).  If I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really look closely at McMillan, there were other guys I was more interested in.  McMillan could probably play any of the 3 LB spots, but maybe he’s our future MLB.

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The Dolphins apparently weren’t done adding talent to the defense, because in the 3rd RD, the Dolphins took Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley (6’1″ 199).

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I hope the Dolphins will add some beef for the O-line, but that remains to be seen.  Pitt OG Dorian Johnson is still available, as is Utah OG Isaac Asiata.  In any case, Dolphins took care of business on the defensive side, and that’s a good thing

GO DOLPHINS!  ZERO IN!

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851 Responses to D-fense!

  1. jetsssuck says:

    MikeE—Good call on our 4th rounder of Carrooooo—wooo- WHooo. I am afraid u are correct concerning the OL woes continuing this year. The OL is in a state of disarray since the new HC got here. He got rid of Jason Fox within 1 week of his hire. He got rid of three OL players during the season. BA Albert traded and Tunsil playing new position than last year for the 1st time in NFL. Newly hired OL coach who has coached 24 yrs in NFL has ONLY 4 players who ever made pro bowl. Too many things have to go right for this bunch of players to play decent to average.

  2. steveccnv says:

    Mike did the Mets call you up to pitch today 😛

  3. getterdone says:

    I could see Tank possibly groomed to play so FS. His skill set he’s shown and ballhawking ability might work in the right system as a FS. He could use some time in the weight room too. Hopefully guys like Maxwell & Jones will be an influence to toughen him up some as well.

    • D says:

      I dunno, at CB, the tackling thing isn’t as much of a liability as at S in our defense. He just needs to work on it. The guy I think is getting picked at for something he isn’t horrible at, he just is a CB that focused most his efforts on being a great coverage corner. He just has to adjust his game because in the NFL you gotta tackle too

  4. Rockphin says:

    Isaac Asiata of Utah was the big winner when it came to offensive linemen strength tests at the combine. The Utes’ guard pushed up the 225-pound bar an incredible 35 times, leading all players. When you combine his strength with his arm length he is going to be a very difficult offensive player to disengage from when he is blocking. Asiata also won the Morris Trophy as the best OL in the Pac-12 last season.

  5. getterdone says:

  6. mf13ss says:

    Raw STRENGTH matters not in ZBS system as we run. But I’ve gotta say… being Asiata is a fluid, fleet-of-foot player, it gives me hope! I can’t believe he lasted to the late 5th Round when we picked.

  7. getterdone says:

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  9. BailBondMike says:

    Good draft, I have no complaints. I like that we signed Chase Allen. I mocked him late rounds a couple times. Looks like Mike Hull 2.0.

    • BailBondMike says:

      He’s #5

      • D says:

        I think that’s who he unseats for a spot on the 53. Hull has time in the pros over him but the FO definitely liked Allen they brought him on a 30 visit and then made him a priority UDFA signing so with hull being an RFA next year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Allen make the team and Hull go to the PS or cut

  10. D says:

    I think the other thing considering Tunsil and Albert vs Tunsil and Asiata is the likelihood that both are on the field together the whole season as well. Albert in general was almost certainly going to miss a game or two Asiata might as well but he has been sturdy throughout his college career so I think we can assume with him being young and him being sturdy it’s more likely he wouldn’t miss. That in itself makes me feel better about the pair.

    Mikey is right, however. A pro bowl LT and a guy who graded out as good as Tunsil did at LG vs a guy who will be playing LT for the first time as a pro and a LG doing the same is hard to say now it’s better. It’s probably better to say it has the potential to be better, but that’s our jobs as fans to be overly optimistic in times like this when we have shiney new toys we just unwrapped and are itching to take them to the play ground and rub it in other kids faces lol

  11. steveccnv says:

    Godchaux looked awful in game tape against Wisconsin, then I watched Auburn 2015 and he started out looking just as bad. He was late on every play getting off on the snap, then something happened, he started getting a good jump and played pretty well, had a bull rush sack. I think he’s a longshot to making any kind of impact this year, if he even makes the team.

    • D says:

      I see him rotating with Phillips mostly on pass rushing downs and just to give him a break. He will have to ball out to get more time, but he isn’t there really to unseat either if our starters and he isn’t there to really steal snaps. He us there to be a quality player to fill in so we can keep Phillips fresh. I think the other guy does the same for Suh. I also think they will be a lot better next man up than okoye and Williams

  12. D says:

    We still do power blocking sometimes and in pass pro that strength will help him maintain his anchor and leverage. Strength at OG is a big deal no matter the blocking schemes. I would say though if he wasn’t also fleet footed he wouldn’t have been ideal. Still serviceable, just not ideal.

  13. D says:

    I can’t see any of the guys we drafted not making the team with exception of Ford and that’s just because some of our UDFA WRs were really good pickups, so those last WR spots are going to be a tight competition.

  14. D says:

    Out of the UDFAs I could really see.

    • D says:

      Really see ….Allen, and De’Veon Smith making the team, especially if Williams keeps not showing up for camp and refusing to sign the tender. I also think 3 of the UDFA WRs have a good shot at getting a spot. It likely will be just one unless we also kick one of our last year guys down to PS, but Drew Morgan, Francis Owusu and Damorea Stringfellow are all quality guys who could make the team. I think the guy from Temple, Martin-Oguike, and the DE from Houston, Maveluex are potentials to unseat Fede and/or Warmsley. Both of those guys were people I noticed when I was watching films of Reddick and Tyus Bowser. Probably where we noticed them as well since we were interested in both Reddick and Bowser.

  15. D says:

    Jets man what were you smoking lol. Our OL is in the best shape it has been in years. We finally had games last year when that unit looked really good and our OL coach is the same guy as last year and he managed an AFC east rookie of the year winner on his squad. I don’t​ see any sort of disarray, and those guys who got cut were some of the most deserving of being cut as I have ever seen. Puff puff pass… Stop Bogarting that good shit…

  16. Tim Knight says:

    Omar Kelly‏Verified account @OmarKelly 7m7 minutes ago
    Dolphins exercise Ja’Wuan James’ fifth-year option, locking him up for 2018 at just under $9 million

  17. Tim Knight says:

    D, we also have LB Deon Lacy from the CFL competing for a role. Should be fun to see how the 53 man shapes up.

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