AFC East – Post Draft Evaluation

A couple of weeks ago I broke down the AFC East, pre draft to get an idea how our Dolphins stacked up in what should be a very competitive AFC East division. I can tell you this, our rivals in this division caught up nicely by adding a significant amount of talent via the draft, especially the New York Jets. The Jets were loaded with draft capital, and parlayed that into a very nice draft haul. They came into the draft with two first round and two second round picks and then with a bold move traded back into round 1 to select their THIRD pick in the first round. The Bills had a decent draft adding a couple of prospects loved by some of our FMU brethren. The Patriots had an odd draft, to put it mildly. Our Dolphins were bereft of any high picks due to the trade for WR Tyreek Hill and the Dolphins chose not to trade by using any future draft capital, despite being armed well next year with two 1st round and two 2nd round picks. Our first selection this year was a very late, compensatory pick at #102.


As I alluded to, the Jets came into the draft with two picks in the top 10, #4 and #10. Their first pick reflects the necessity to be able to cover elite receivers as the AFC East has a few, with the Bills having Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis, the Dolphins having both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and the Patriots with DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne. The Jets took CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner at #4. Gardner, a brash, confident, lengthy CB out of Cincinnati didn’t allow a TD to a receiver last season. Well, welcome to the AFC East, where it will become commonplace. At #10, the Jets selected Ohio St. WR Garret Wilson. Two very strong picks so far and then a trade back into the first round at #26 netted the Jets the pass rusher they need in Florida St. DE Jermaine Johnson. The Jets first selection in RD 2 was another favorite here on FMU, RB Breece Hall. Four excellent picks should infuse this Jets with talent to compete. Robert Saleh must be pleased, as the Jets had already upgraded the O-line in free agency by adding OG Laken Tomlinson and a couple of TE’s in C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin. If their 2nd year QB Zach Wilson can get on track with his new WR Garret Wilson, and the O-line can create holes for new RB Breece Hall, their offense will be better and the defense should improve as well with Sauce and Johnson. How quickly though will be the key.


The Bills were not lost on the talent infusion at WR in the AFC East either, with the Dolphins adding Tyreek Hill and already having Jaylen Waddle, along with the Patriots getting DeVante Parker to the Jets drafting Garret Wilson. The Bills first pick was CB Kaiir Elam from Florida, another taller, fast CB. In RD 2, probably earlier than expected, the Bills took another FMU fave RB James Cook. That Bills offense just keeps adding pieces. In RD 6, the bills broke many hearts here as they snagged the best punter in the universe, Matt Araiza. The Bills were already a strong team and their draft should help them stay that way. As was pointed out here, does a team that scores over 28 PPG need the best punter?


I wouldn’t say Bill Belichick’s genius was ever considered to be present in his drafting ability, and this year’s draft was no exception. Their first pick at #29 in round 1 was Strange. Literally, the Patriots selected OG/C prospect Cole Strange of Tennessee-Chatanooga. To be fair, I liked Strange as a pick for our Dolphins, he’s a nimble footed, smart OL who can play any inside position on the line, although he has never actually played C and therefore has never snapped in gameplay. He was pretty much rated as a 3rd RD pick but Bill Belichick pulled the trigger and got his guy. In RD 2, possibly another pick in which he drafted a player expected to be taken later. The Patriots grabbed speedy WR Tyquan Thornton from Baylor, the tall lanky WR ran a blistering 4.28 40 at the combine. Nevertheless, he was expected to be a late 3rd round or 4th round pick. The Patriots added a CB who will likely be a ST’s player in the 4th RD.


Our Dolphins, as previously mentioned didn’t have much draft capital left after the Tyreek Hill trade, but the Dolphins remained patient and stayed pat with they had. At pick #102, the Dolphins took Georgia LB Channing Tindall. Tindall is a very athletic LB who is a dept at blitzing which really fits this defensive style, and he has exceptional closing speed, which is really evident when you watch any reels available on the kid. He was a part time player on a very talented Georgia defense, with Nakobe Dean being the best known LB. With Elandon Roberts, a bit stockier fireplug of a LB in place, Tindall will most likely still be a part time player in ’22, but if he shows up quick, as Zach Thomas did back in ’96, perhaps he’ll be inside next to #55 Jerome Baker all season. The Dolphins second pick was Texas Tech WR Erik Ezukanma (Eh-zoo-comma). Ezukanma is a big WR similarly sized to DeVante Parker at 6’2 220, and displays some similar traits as an aggressive catcher of the football who will go up and get the football. Definitely nice value in RD 4. We used the first of remaining 7th RD picks on OLB/DE Cameron Goode from California. We need depth there but Goode will have a fight on his hands to make the 53. More than likely he’s a PS candidate at best. With our last pick, we took QB Skylar Thompson from Kansas St. The Dolphins currently have 4 QB’s, with Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Chris Streveler and now Skylar Thompson. With the injury histories of our top 2 QB’s, it’s not crazy to add some depth. Regardless, both QB’s will likely be on the PS.

So after the draft, my initial impression is the Jets easily improved the most after the draft. They were set up nicely to add lots of talent and GM Joe Douglas didn’t disappoint. We’ve seen teams improve quickly, think LA Rams with a young HC Sean McVay. Can HC Robert Saleh get this young squad to mesh together quickly as McVay did with the Rams? That remains to be seen, but on paper, the Jets improved the most. The Patriots seemed to tread water if you ask me, I don’t see this team making any great strides this season due to the talent infusion in ’22. They may even take a step back, although it’s hard to bet against Bill Belichick. The Bills added an important piece to the secondary if CB Kaiir Elam can show he’s NFL ready and a nice piece to their run game with RB James Cook. The Bills are already the class of the AFC east but they better have eyes in the back of their head. Our Dolphins did the heavy lifting in free agency and via the trade, adding LT Terron Armstead and WR Tyreek Hill. We also added slot WR Cedrick Wilson, added a couple of RB’s in Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds as well as a very good FB in Alec Ingold. Just as important, we basically brought back our entire defense intact by re-signing everyone whose contracts were up, a nice job by Grier and a promising sign that everyone wanted to come back. I think our division just got a lot more competitive, but the Bills are at the top until someone knocks them off. Hope it’s us!



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860 Responses to AFC East – Post Draft Evaluation

  1. naplesfan2010 says:

    Peyton’s presnap adjustments just demolished defensive play calls.
    And he and Brees (and Brady and Rodgers) always knew exactly where the weak spot was on the D, and they went right at it.
    That is what Tua needs to think about becoming.
    … …
    I think McDaniel’s offense will help by being proactive,
    that is, getting in the DC’s head and keeping the D players on their heels on the field.

  2. Wyoming85 says:

  3. Wyoming85 says:

  4. steveccnv says:

    Good news, Lions can be tough on Thanksgiving

    Andy Slater
    SLATER SCOOP: The Miami Dolphins will NOT be playing on Thanksgiving, an NFL schedule-making source tells me.

    There was chatter that it would be either them or the Bills at Detroit.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I remember the lions losing a lot of games on Thanksgiving

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Yeah just looked it up
      They haven’t won on thanksgiving since 2016
      And are 37-42-2 all time on thanksgiving

      Not really tough IMO

      • Ken says:

        They are likely over performing their normal won lost record

      • steveccnv says:

        You’re looking at a stat and trying to prove what I said was wrong, and maybe it is, but I remember many times on Thanksgiving Day hearing how great the Lions are playing, they may not win all those games, but make it a harder game, than normal

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I’m not trying to prove anything

        I am just not worried about the Lions on thanksgiving or any other day

  5. steveccnv says:

    Adam Beasley
    Be very cautious about a Dolphins schedule I’ve seen circulating on twitter dot com, FYI

  6. Wyoming85 says:

  7. naplesfan2010 says:

    Ricky L Watson
    Out of all NFL quarterbacks, Tua Tagovailoa’s bad throw% was 16.3%. That’s the 10th best in the NFL of least bad throws. (not completion%, 7th best in that). That means that Tua haters are only picking from 16.3% of his plays to try to prove their point. (83.7% good to 16.3% bad)

    • steveccnv says:

      The redzone stat, that had Tua at the top of the list was misleading, because most people didn’t realize it was a stat based on how he was expected to play and not a real stat

      This one is better, but who decides, if it was really a bad throw or the WR messes up the route?

  8. steveccnv says:

    Our O system allows us to use interchangeable backs, so a guy like Z white could be put on the PS and given time to figure it out, if he ever does

    Rams drafting Gurley, Giants drafting Barkley, Cowboys drafting Zeke, while all 3 were dominant it was only for a short time and Cowboys paid him now he’s a shell of his great self, Barkley hasn’t been resigned and don’t think he will be, not sure on Gurley

    Either way, signed to a karge 2nd contract, then downhill or let go, doesn’t seem to be a good use of a 1st, and would be even less for us

    Just as Tillman seems to Be a great fit, without having to use an early pick, so should our RBs

  9. steveccnv says:

    According to the Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan, the Miami Dolphins will open up their season by playing the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, September, 11 at 1 p.m. ET. This marks the third year in a row that the two teams will play in Week 1.

  10. steveccnv says:

    Andy Slater
    SLATER SCOOP: The Miami Dolphins will play at the New England Patriots on New Year’s Day, an NFL schedule-making source tells me.

  11. steveccnv says:

    JDFinsFan (Jeremy Hagen)
    NFL Schedule Leaks:

    The Miami Dolphins will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12th.
    Per intuition.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      I have heard that from multiple sources!
      on the internet!!
      on ESPN!!
      Ben Volin!!
      Little Mike said it!!
      Armando said it!!!
      it must be true

  12. naplesfan2010 says:

    I must say that I was wrong TWICE recently. …
    …about us signing UDFAs.
    With our stacked roster, I thought we would be light in the UDFA market.
    With the way the regular draft was a bit light this year, I thought there would not be much quality worth signing in the UDFA market.

  13. naplesfan2010 says:

    apropos UDFAs
    ZQ White
    plus literally 5 others
    have a shot at an NFL career.
    … …
    I remember years when we did not have that many actual draft picks with a shot at a NFL career.
    such as 2009, when we drafted JD Folsom and John Nalbone for nothing.

  14. naplesfan2010 says:

    I do wonder why none of the UDFAs have showed up on the official roster.
    Maybe they wanted to honor the regular draftees for a while first, before diluting them with UDFAs.
    Sony ‘s name went right up though.

  15. stangerx says:

    Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not compete in the Preakness so no Triple Crown this year. And after the end of the Derby…. the horse deserves a rest.

  16. mf13ss says:

    • Tim Knight says:

      What’s going with him?

    • steveccnv says:

      Looks like a BS charge

      “A person commits the crime of second degree criminal tampering if he tampers with property of another with intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoyance to that person or to another or if he knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with property of a utility,” per Colorado case law. “Second degree criminal tampering is a class 2 misdemeanor.”

      • stangerx says:

        It is a misdemeanor but it is also part of a domestic violence case.

      • Ken says:

        Why is that a bs charge? Why do you say that if you don’t know the facts?

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        Did he destroy a cell phone in an argument? slash somebody’s tires?
        hack their social media?
        Are those examples of this?

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    I’m very worried that Tyreek Hill is going to have anger management issues again.
    That smile of his looks like he’s wound up pretty tight.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      I hope nothing manifests itself like that. We did the whole Brandon Marshall thing already. Among others Devon et al.
      Hopefully winning is his target. Unmuddied by anything other than his desire to win.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Sure hope not.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I wasn’t aware he had anger management issues

      Are you referring to his domestic violence arrest?

  18. son of a son of a shula says:

    Maybe he’ll get turned on to the same shit the Marks Brothers we’re doing.
    Can hope. 🤷‍♂️🐆

  19. The Flying Pig says:

    I’ll take some of that bread!

    • Tim Knight says:

      He’s awesome!!! 🙂

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      They had to show the good stuff because the non believers cried so loud.
      Everyone shut the fuck up and let the process play out.
      Cry baby little ducking…

      I’ll leave it there and that was auto correct I ordinarily would just say fucking but anyway Tua and the Dolphins are fine. Relax.

  20. The Flying Pig says:

    I let him know I agree….piggystyle

  21. son of a son of a shula says:

    Who are you going to cover?
    Who do you have that can beat us?

    Answer to both – 🤷‍♂️

  22. naplesfan2010 says:

    Somebody posted that they already fired the video producer who put that “bad throw” of Tua’s out on the internet as a sample of Tua to Hill in 2022.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s all so stupid as if every pass is sacred. LOL

    • steveccnv says:

      That person probably shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        That’s messing with a multi-billion dollar business’s brand right there. If that person did not understand football any better than that, then they shouldn’t have been working for a football team. If they don’t understand marketing a brand any better than that, then they shouldn’t have been sending out PR releases. If they did not understand social media any better than that, then … FIRE that person. That kind of shit could get in Tua’s head and mess the kid up. Advertising dollars could be lost … etc. etc.

  23. son of a son of a shula says:

    At Ravens week 2


  24. The Flying Pig says:

  25. CavalierKong says:

    That is a tough 4 games to start the season

  26. son of a son of a shula says:

    Vikings. Randy

    Vikings at Dolphins
    10/16 Sun 1:00

  27. son of a son of a shula says:

    Steelers the next week 10/23 8:20 start
    First time on Sunday Night in a while. Premium ticket price on this one.

  28. naplesfan2010 says:

    Are they releasing the schedule one game at a time?
    That’s overkill.

  29. steveccnv says:

    Week 3 vs Bills, they’ll be coming off of a Monday night game

  30. naplesfan2010 says:

    bye in week 11, that’s not a bad time in and of itself.

  31. son of a son of a shula says:

    9ers, Chargers , Bills on the road in a row in December

  32. CavalierKong says:

    Two primetime games, right? Steelers in Miami 10/23 and GB in Miami Xmas day

  33. Ken says:

    No Monday nights no love

  34. steveccnv says:

    49ers and Chargers back to back, so only 1 trip west

  35. son of a son of a shula says:

    Packers on Christmas Day, I think I’m in 🤷‍♂️🐬😁💨🐧🐆

  36. steveccnv says:

    After our bye and Thursday Night game we get Jets and Texans, another FU nfl moment

  37. Wyoming85 says:

  38. Ken says:

    Christmas Day is a national game. 3 games that day. Most games are on Saturday

  39. son of a son of a shula says:

    Vikings looks like the obvious/best choice for Fest from what I can tell

  40. The Flying Pig says:

    I don’t like the short week @ Bengals

    And I don’t like back to back west coast games in early December followed by cold Buffalo game
    That’s a hard 3 game stretch

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Then home to Packers
      Hard December

    • steveccnv says:

      I like the 2 Westcoast games, that was obviously a schedule preference put in by the team, by not really traveling the week before Buffalo, just back from westcoast makes it Ok,, but they really could’ve given us a home game after that trip, we do get Buff at home week 3 with them coming off of a Monday game

  41. steveccnv says:

    We get GB and Buff at home with both coming off of Minday night games

    Bad games at Cin on Thursday Night and Cle coming off of a bye

    Good games coming off of bye or Thursday Hou and jets

    I approve of this schedule, we got a break overall for once

  42. Ken says:

    Cold weather games at Buffalo and NE but they get warm weather games with us

  43. steveccnv says:

    Looks like the Buffalo game week 15 is a flex game, 1 week b4 Xmas, hope it’s not a night game

  44. naplesfan2010 says:

    Seems we play on Xmas day and on New Years day.

  45. Brian in NY says:

    The 10/23 Sunday night game for the fest is interesting

  46. The Flying Pig says:

    Let’s go Heat!

  47. The Flying Pig says:



  48. Brian in NY says:


    They’ve been trying to schedule teams that have multiple games on another Coast back to back because teams usually just stay out there .

  49. The Flying Pig says:

    Does anyone remember he last time we played the bengals on Thursday night?

  50. manitobafinfan says:

    Minnesota doesn’t look good for us .. Browns game on Dars 55 bday weekend however 🤔

  51. mf13ss says:

    So long as we aren’t OVERTLY hosed (I don’t see it this season, IMO), I usually don’t pay too much attention to our schedule. I like our bye-week in week 11, which is something we have been hosed on over the last decade for the most part.

    Happy to have back-to-back games on the West Coast, where we won’t need to fly back-and-forth from. That’s the least the schedule-makers could have done for us, being we are the #4 most traveling team this season.

  52. son of a son of a shula says:

    We better decide soon because if it’s the Pitt game that’s going to booking up fast and have pricey tickets. I’m in no matter which game we choose.

  53. randydolfan1947 says:

    HIGH DRAMA AT AMALIE ARENA as the Maple Leafs and the Lightning head to sudden death overtime tied at 3-3!! Will this O.T. bring a SUDDEN DEATH to Tampa Bay’s 2-year reign as the kings of the NHL?? Will it bring a SUDDEN DEATH to Toronto’s 55-year old run of failing to win a single playoff series??? OR will Toronto’s unbelievable run of futility drag on for at least another game?? I’ve GOT to get my ugly rest tonight BUT, against my better judgement, I’m going to TRY to stay up for the first overtime period.
    GO BOLTS!!

  54. manitobafinfan says:


    • Brian in NY says:

      I hate the leafs because of Tavares. No other reason.

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Lol. I understand that .. once upon a time 1967-1969!they were my favourite team … then I started seeing the Bruins more often and fell in love, then it was whoever beat Montreal … was also a huge Islanders fan back in their dynasty years

  55. Brian in NY says:

    Barry Jackson
    One other schedule thing tonight: Dolphins and Steelers likely need to get off to decent starts for NBC to keep Oct. 23 Sunday night game in Week 7. NBC can flex out of two games between Weeks 5 and 10.

    That would suck

  56. randydolfan1947 says:

    BRAYDON POINT scores the winner at 18:04 of OVERTIME to CLINCH IT!!
    For at least one more game, Tampa Bay remains the champions of the NHL!!
    And the ghosts of Toronto’s 55-year jinx HAVE JUST MADE ANOTHER APPEARANCE in, of all places, A HOCKEY RINK IN FLORIDA!!!!!! The Toronto Press will have a field day with THIS ONE!!
    NOW I’ve got to fess up. I WORE MY #21 Lightning jersey with Braydon Point’s NAME in big letters all day and all night tonight!! When my co-workers asked me “Who’s going to score the winning goal tonight?” I just turned around and let them gaze at my jersey!!

    Me and a co-worker had a $10 bet on which team was going to win tonight’s game!!
    BOY, it’s going to be a long day for him tomorrow!!

  57. manitobafinfan says:

    Cav’s Blues have turned it up .. look they will advance tonight (sorry Randy)

    • CavalierKong says:

      Dominated the 2nd period and all but put this one away. Binner looks to have found that 2019 playoff form after being terrible all season and our offense is going to score.

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Told ya stranger things have happened ..

        Dec 4th 9ers game of interest to you ?

  58. stangerx says:

    The two games that make the most sense for the Fest are —

    Oct 16 — Vikes
    Nov 13 –Browns

    I know Sun nite against the Steelers seems real cool, but based on when they have been here before will be almost impossible, Tix will be like twice as much if can get at all.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Browns would work for us , Vikes not work , have to check on Steelers … 9ers very likely…👍☹️🤔👍🤡

    • manitobafinfan says:

      How are you doing these days my friend ?

      • stangerx says:

        I’m walking better. The docs are still trying to figure out why I pass out and if need a pacemaker or not. One thing have learned is if you pass out in a fancy restaurant it ain’t hard to find a doctor. 🙂

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Does it happen often ?? Man that must be scary .. I hope they do figure it out soon ..

      • stangerx says:

        It was happening once a week but went 3 weeks before the last one (yesterday). Not so scary. You just go to sleep and wake up with a bunch of people staring at you and the thought, “damn it happened again.” Only scary part is not knowing why, but am hoping is a medication interaction (I take like 15).

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Well I’m glad they are happening less frequently , meds interacting would make sense with that many involved .. also glad to hear the Pacemaker is a Maybe now … when ya last mentioned it It was sounding like a must do .. take care of yerself please

    • randydolfan1947 says:

      YOUNG STANGER; Thanks, again, for all that you do.
      Your “comeback” is, truly, a remarkable achievement!!
      NOW, this Old Dolfan is out for the night.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      And Hell who doesn’t want to watch Tua vs Watson 🤷‍♂️😊 , just sayin…

  59. manitobafinfan says:

    Brian : I am now watching AEW wrestling from Wednesday night in LI .. CM Punk just came out in a Tavares jersey to a chorus of Boos

  60. CavalierKong says:

    Way to finish it out Blues!! Tough break, Randy. A couple of good teams, someone had to lose,

  61. Tim Knight says:

    Our schedule was never going to be easy with the deep AFC. The NFC North lead by GB is obvious, but not overwhelming overall, and then the extra 17th game McDaniel faces is former team in the 49ers. If you want to be good you have to beat good.

  62. Brian in NY says:


    Text me if you’re definitely going to the Niners game. Iknow someone who may be selling his season tickets game by game.

  63. manitobafinfan says:

    Will do , thanx

  64. Rockphin says:

    Schedule comment:

    I think it’s freaking great that we have two home games against Northern division rivals at 1pm in SEPTEMBER. We never get that advantage. May the heat roast their asses! GO DOLPHINS!

  65. Rockphin says:

    looks like the Fest game is going to have to be the Vikings?

  66. Rockphin says:

    That is a pretty brutal December schedule.

  67. Rockphin says:

    Jets at Hardrock final game to clench the division…..

  68. bailbondmike says:

    That opening schedule is tough but weeks 13-17 will be tougher with 4 of 5 on the road vs. 49er’s, Chargers, Bills, Pats. I think 3 road games in a row is BS but all in all we didn’t get seriously hosed.

  69. Rockphin says:

  70. Rockphin says:

    Rookie Mini camp starts today.

  71. Wyoming85 says:

  72. bailbondmike says:

    Every team in our division has a tough start to the season. Bills have a tough 7 games to open the season but an easier second half with only Dolphins, Pats twice and Bengals to worry about. Pats open with 4 tough games and Jets have like 8 of 9 tough games to open with.

    That said, you can’t sleep on any team.

    • steveccnv says:

      Not a lot of projected crappy teams out there right now, as designed, so everyone in the AFC appears to have a tough schedule

  73. bailbondmike says:

    With the signing of Sony Michel, our 4 draft picks and 14 UDFA’s our roster will be at a full 90 players.

  74. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

  75. bailbondmike says:

    There are 18 teams with 90(+) players on their roster. Jets have the most at 94. Not sure when teams have to cut down to 90. My though it had to be by the start of Rookie Mini Camp??? The Panthers just had to release 2 to get to 90 including OT Aaron Monteiro who was an UDFA signing of ours in 2019 out of Boston College.

  76. steveccnv says:

    UDFA McKinley was a three-year starter (2019-21) at Oregon and earned first-team All-American and first-team All-Pac 12 honors as a junior in 2021. He started all 14 games that seasons, recording 77 tackles (44 solo), six interceptions, 12 passes defensed and one forced fumble. In McKinley’s collegiate career, he recorded 11 interceptions in 38 games.

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