The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Miami Dolphins did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon — Round 1 (3)
- Jamar Taylor, cornerback, Boise State — Round 2 (54)
- Dallas Thomas, offensive tackle, Tennessee — Round 3 (77)
- Will Davis, cornerback, Utah State — Round 3 (93)
- Jelani Jenkins, linebacker, Florida — Round 4 (104)
- Dion Sims, tight end, Michigan State — Round 4 (106)
- Mike Gillislee, running back, Florida — Round 5 (164)
- Caleb Sturgis, kicker, Florida — Round 5 (166)
- Don Jones, safety, Arkansas State — Round 7 (250)
Best Pick: Jamar Taylor
The move to trade up and select Dion Jordan was excellent by the Dolphins, but the fact that they drafted a big, physical cornerback like Jamar Taylor in the second-round is even more impressive. The Dolphins lost Sean Smith and Vontae Davis within the past year, so they were in desperate need of adding talent at the position. They did just that by selecting Taylor, who had been in some late first-round discussion.
Worst Pick: Caleb Sturgis
It is hard to find a pick not to like in the Dolphins draft class, but then you see they wasted a pick on a kicker. That’s all you need to know about this one.
Analysis: From top to bottom, the Dolphins were able to add quality talent. If this draft class proves to be as impressive on the field as it is on paper, they could be poised for success in a few years with this new and impressive core of young, talented players.
2013 Draft Grade: A