LB Channing Tindall – Georgia 6’2 -230 (RD3 pick#102)
With the Dolphins first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected at #102 (3rd RD) LB Channing Tindall. Tindall was an explosive player for a fine Georgia defensive squad, but not a primary player. He was never a starter, albeit on a team loaded with talent and the best defense in college football. None of this matters now, Tindall will have to earn playing time here for the Dolphins defense, which is also stocked with talent, but his quickness and explosive speed could get him some snaps quickly. When you watch Tindall’s highlight reel, his suddenness really shows up, he closes on the ballcarriers so quickly and takes a very quick route to make the stop. Elandon Roberts is a thumper, but he’s limited as far as running sideline to sideline to make tackles, and really can’t cover a running back or TE. This is where Tindall may get some opportunities. Roberts is excellent plugging holes and shooting a gap into the backfield, but in space, his speed is a negative. Tindall can blitz, cover and make tackles sideline to sideline, much like his ILB mate #55, Jerome Baker. I can see these 2 forming a nice inside duo.
WR Erik Ezukanma – Texas Tech 6’2 209 (RD4 pick#125)
The Dolphins second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was surprisingly a WR, Erik Ezukanma from Texas Tech. Ezukanma was one of the most productive WR’s in Texas Tech history finishing with some heady stats, 138 receptions for 2165 yards and 15 TD’s. He’s known for excellent ball skills, not so unlike the receiver he may be replacing, DeVante Parker. He doesn’t have the speed DeVante had as a rookie, running a mediocre 4.55 40, but he’s known for making very difficult catches in traffic. Unfortunately, DeVante’s worst ability was availability so we can only hope Ezucanma can flourish here and stay healthy. (Pronounced Eh-zoo-comma)
EDGE Cameron Goode – California 6’3 237 (RD7 pick#224)
With their 3rd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, all the way in round 7, the Dolphins selected California OLB Cameron Goode. Goode is a little undersized for a 3-4 OLB so we’ll see if he can impress early on and somehow earn a roster spot. Goode was expected to go undrafted, but the Dolphins must have seen something in this kid they liked, so we’ll have to wait and see exactly what that is.
QB Skylar Thompson – Kansas State 6’2 219 (RD7 pick#247)
With the Dolphins final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected QB Skylar Thompson of Kansas St. Thompson’s senior season was his best, he played in parts of 5 seasons. He had his best TD:INT ratio with 12 TD’s and 4 INT’s. With Teddy Bridgewater firmly entrenched as the backup QB, Thompson can only hope to land on the practice squad while showing some kind of hope for the future.
In addition to our 4 draftees, the Dolphins signed a number of UDFA’s as well. Here is a list, although I can’t say for sure this is the most up to date list.
Kellen Diesch, OL, Arizona State
ZaQuandre White, RB, South Carolina
Blaise Andries, OL, Minnesota
Kader Kohou, DB, Texas A&M Commerce
Verone McKliney III, CB, Oregon
Ty Clary, OL, Arkansas
Tommy Heatherly, P, FIU
Tanner Conner, WR, Idaho State
DeAndre Johnson, DE, Tennessee
Braylon Sanders, WR, Mississippi
Jordan Williams, DT, Virginia TEch
Elijah Hamilton, DB, Louisiana Tech
Ben Stille, DL, Nebraska
Besides our 4 draftees, and the undrafted free agent signings, I’d be remiss not to include the biggest piece of our draft haul, none other than #10 WR Tyreek Hill. His talent should take this offense to new heights, and make our young 3rd year QB’s job a lot easier. This offense will be much better than the 2021 version and Tua will be a big part of the success here. I look forward to watching this happen and very much look forward to shutting up his detractors. Hill, Waddle, Gesicki and our group of scatbacks should make it very interesting. It will be hard for any of our draft picks to make a huge impact in 2022, and I guess that’s a good thing. The roster is certainly better, as we added lots of talent in free agency and trades, and now tried to improve our depth with the draft, although we re-signed a lot of guys that will be the depth, but at least with our first pick Channing Tindall and our 2nd pick Erik Ezukanma, they bring something am little different to the table than we currently have.