2017 Draft Grades and Analysis
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Round 1, Pick 22 (22)
DE – Charles Harris, Missouri / A+
Getting Charles Harris after the midway point of the first represents good value, but it’s improved even more by the idea of how badly the Dolphins needed an injection of youth and talent on the defensive line. Harris is likely a situational pass rusher to start his career in Miami but as his game develops as a professional it’s easy to envision Charles becoming an every down force on the edge.
Round 2, Pick 22 (54)
OLB – Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State / A+
This is about the perfect spot to select McMillian, based on my big board, but the grade gets a slight bump up when looking at what Miami has done to improve their linebacking group this off-season. The starting trio of Kiko Alonzo, Lawrence Timmons and Raekwon McMillan will give the Dolphins a much needed upgrade in talent behind the defensive line.
Round 3, Pick 33 (97)
CB – Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson / B-
This grade would have been significantly lower if Cordrea would have been taken a round higher, where a lot of analysts had projected his selection. Tankersley has issues with anticipating passes, something he could get mask with adequate collegiate level athleticism, but at the professional level his lack of short area quickness will create much more separation.
Round 5, Pick 20 (164)
OG – Isaac Asiata, Utah / A
To land Asiata at this point in the later stages of the draft is a pretty big win for a team that needs to infuse some talent in the middle of the offensive line. Isaac projects as a long term starter in the NFL.
Round 5, Pick 35 (178)
DT – Davon Godchaux, LSU / B
Godchaux has a certain following in draft circles, but I’m an outsider looking in on that group. The value of the pick and the team need is sound but I Davon’s ceiling as a rotational tackle or situational specialist.
Round 6, Pick 10 (194)
DT – Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State / B-
There were quite a few draftniks that expected Taylor to be selected much higher than this spot, but the holes in his game cannot be overlooked. Vincent can become an adequate goal line tackle and short yardage plugger, but he needs to improve on his stature at the point of attack and his ability to shed blocks in haste.
Round 7, Pick 19 (237)
WR – Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech / B-
Ford is a nice depth piece at WR and I’m good with him falling to the 7th before being selected, but ultimately his upside is extremely limited.