Mike Gesicki – 6’6 250
Durham Smythe – 6’6 260
Michael Roberts – 6’5 265
Chris Myarick – 6’5 255
Fullback – Chandler Cox – 6’1 240
This is a very young unit, but also a unit that might a little more talent depth wise. At the top, Mike Gesicki seems to be the type of TE we have longed for (at least I have) for quite some time. He’s the athletic, seam busting, pass receiving TE’s that defenses have a nightmare with. He didn’t have an All-Pro season by any means, but he’s just dipping his toe into the pool. Probably unfairly, I expected this kind of production his first NFL season, 51 receptions, 570 yards and 5 TD’s. The thing is, his confidence is there now and I expect him and the Dolphins to build on last year’s success. Gesicki, much like DeVante Parker came on strong in the 2nd half of the season. If you think back, our offense was putrid in the 1st half of the season so those numbers were largely based on a half of the season, thankfully, the last half. FB Chandler Cox wasn’t used as much as I would have liked but maybe he will see more of a workload in 2020. Cox was used in 8% of the offensive snaps.
As far as the depth, Durham Smythe is a decent blocker, he came here with the pedigree of a very good in-line blocking TE. He’s been adequate, not great, and he’s been just about non-existent in the pass catching department. Newcomers Michael Roberts and Chris Myarick fill out the depth. Roberts was acquired after missing the entire 2019 season with an injury. That very injury nixed the trade between the NE Patriots and the Detroit. Myarick was on our roster last September then cut and placed on the PS. He signed a reserve/futures 2YR contract with the Dolphins. So it’s obvious that once you get past Smythe, our depth is thin.
This is not a great draft for TE’s and it won’t be a surprise if no TE is selected in RD1 or RD2. As far as free agents are concerned, the best have already been snapped up leaving a pretty weak collection that remains. Delanie Walker is a very solid player but he’s 36, and Jordan Reed who has loads of talent just can’t stay healthy. The other thing to consider is this . . . Look at the size of the TE’s we do have, all 6’5 and all 250 lbs or more. Doesn’t seem like we want small TE’s or H-back types.I can’t imagine we will be looking for a TE early in this draft, meaning before the 4th RD. A guy I can see us drafting if we don’t pick up another FA would be Adam Trautman. He’s more of a receiving TE with good athletic ability, not quite Gesicki athletic, but a 34.5″ vertical and an extremely impressive 6.78 3 cone drill. That shows exemplary agility, there are only 2 players in the entire draft class that bettered that mark and one was a WR (Denzel Mims) and a S (K’Von Wallace). For a guy 6’5 255 to do that is an athletic feat.
So this concludes the Depth Chart/Needs series. Next up will probably be a collaborative effort on the draft. If anyone would like to contribute, please let me know.
We will be conducting a Finsmob Unleashed LIVE Mock Draft. The date and time have not been set, we will discuss this on the blog and try to find a date that suits the most people. This should be easier since we should all be home anyway, R-I-G-H-T ? ? ?