The Dolphins made it a trifecta, 3 picks, 3 defensive players. They went CB in the 3rd RD after taking DE Charles Harris, and then LB Raekwon McMillan. Obviously, the Dolphins felt they needed to address to the defense, and they did. They took the big Clemson CB, 6’1″ 200 and added yet another big CB to a stable of big CB’s, with good ole Bobby McCain as the lone small CB.
Tankersley was a 2 YR starter at Clemson, starting his Junior and Senior seasons. The good news is Cordrea reeled in 9 INT’s in just 2 seasons as a CB. Not known as a physical player, or an aggressive tackler, in his Senior year, Tankersley recorded 52 tackles (39 solo), 6 tackles for loss, along with 11 passes defensed and 4 INT’s. The Dolphins currently have Byron Maxwell, who incidentally carries a big price tag at $8.5M this year, 4th highest on the team, and on the other end of the spectrum, Tony Lippett ($688K) and Bobby McCain ($677K). In the middle of those guys is 2nd year CB Xavien Howard, who had a bumpy rookie season with injuries, and poor play, as well as flashing some great potential.
So how exactly does Tankersley fit in? He will undoubtedly be in the competition for a starting spot, as I don’t believe anyone has one locked down. If Maxwell plays as well as he can, he should be a starter, and if Lippett continues to build on his success last season, he too should be starter. If Xavien Howard lives up to his potential, well, you have yet another starter. Good problem to have, because we will have 3 or 4 or 5 CB’s on the field sometimes, when teams roll out their 4 and 5 WR sets. Tankersley is a very solid cover corner. He may not be the man in run support, but he can cover. All our guys will be out there on the field often enough, and the best will get the most playing time.
Mostly, you have to have good depth at CB, because injuries happen all the time, even if it’s just a hamstring, or ankle sprain, you need solid depth, and we’re getting close to having just that. Think back to 2015 with an older Brent Grimes, Jamar Taylor, Brice McCain and Bobby McCain, we’ve come a long way in improving the CB depth.
GO DOLPHINS! Zero in!