By: Hussam Patel
Round 1 Pick 6
Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Chris Grier loves Alabama guys. This time it isn’t any different. Brian Flores mentioned in his Press Conference that Miami will be picking a player within the top 10 and with the eventual trade down from Pick 3 to Pick 12 and trade up to pick 6, the Miami Dolphins get their guy. There’s a lot of talk and speculation of choosing Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, and former Crimson Tide WR Jaylen Waddle. With all these options that could be available at Pick #6 Miami will stay the course and pick up Heisman Winner Devonta Smith. Too many people are sleeping on Devonta Smith because of the supposed “weight issue”. In reality this was never such a thing when he played top Defenses in the SEC. Smith is possibly the best route runner in this class, has sticky hands and loves the game of football. Smith is NFL ready and will form a stacked pass catching core for Tua Tagovailoa with Will Fuller V, Devante Parker, Mike Gesicki and Preston Williams.
Round 1 Pick 18
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
I’m doubling down on my Statement that Grier loves Alabama players. Najee Harris instantly bolsters the Dolphins RB room and brings the play action threat the offense was missing last year. While many may not like a Running back in the first round, Chris Grier doesn’t care what other people think and Harris transforms this offense. He’s a physical runner that doesn’t shy away from contact and elusive, his cutting ability leaves defenders stunned allowing him to gain yards up the field. Harris brings the pass catching threat out of the backfield and he is the best pass catching RB in this draft. Harris is solid in pass protection and can take on any LB- he’s done this against top LBs such as Jabril Cox, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, Nick Bolton, and Baron Browning. The crimson tide product brings another weapon for Tua to succeed.
Round 2 Pick 36
Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma
Miami finally gets the franchise Center they’ve been missing since Mike Pouncey. Humphrey fits the profile of the OL Grier, and Flores have been preaching. Chunky lineman, over 310 pounds with quick feet and great motor. Humphrey has not allowed a sack in 1,600 snaps. He’s rock solid at the center position and a steady producer at the point of attack. As a wrestler in High school, this helped his run blocking technique at Oklahoma. The Dolphins signed center Matt Skura in free agency, Humphrey will have to prove himself in camp to be the starter and Skura could be his backup or depth at the Guard position. As a Center Humphreys communications skills are great as he routinely communicated with his young lineman at Oklahoma and protected freshman QB Spencer Rattler. The lefty lineman will be tasked to protect his left-handed QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Round 2 Pick 50
Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
This might be a reach pick at EDGE rusher; however, this EDGE class is not the best and there will be teams who will reach for players that can rush the QB. Joe Tryon fits the mold of a Brian Flores type of player. The Husky product has the skill set and body to play in any scheme; Furthermore, a defense with various philosophies will efficiently use his skill set- Just like Brian Flores and Josh Boyers Defense. At Washington, Tryon lined up as a 7 tech, DE or LB. He played all over the Huskies front 7 even as an off ball LB and interior DL. In Miami’s Defense Tryon can be lined up anywhere just like at Washington and takes over Shaq Lawson's role. A good run defender along with a variety of pass rush moves, Tryon would just need to gain more muscle during the offseason program. This will be an underrated pick at 50.
Round 3 Pick 81
Hamsah Nasirildeen, Safety, FSU
Nasirildeen can play anywhere in Brian Flores’s defense. I mean it, ANYWHERE. He’s unlike any Defensive Back I’ve seen. He can be what Minkah Fitzpatrick could have been in this defense and even better. He’s got a rare mixture of size, speed, tackling and amazing athleticism. He’s so versatile- while listed as a safety for the Seminoles- he can play box safety, deep third corner, slot corner, off ball linebacker and even as an EDGE rusher. He has huge upside in pass coverage given his length and gave Trevor Lawrence some issues in deep and sideline coverage. Hamsah Nasirildeen will also strengthen up run support when he plays in the box or as a Dime linebacker, he will just need to be a tad more consistent with his tackling and the Dolphins run D will be better than before. This pick sets up a youth movement in Miami’s already good secondary. The rich get richer.
Round 5 Pick 156
Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia
Per the Senior Bowl measurables, Charles Snowden comes in as 6'6", 232 pounds. Snowden has great size, length, straight line speed and athleticism who is good in zone coverage. He might not see the field as much his rookie year but can look to be a situational player in 3rd and short situations and log heavy snaps on special teams. Snowden is more of a SAM linebacker in a hybrid scheme, he can be utilized as a run stopper that can shoot the gaps and a situational pass rusher on the outside. Snowden is rough around the edges in man coverage, and I would not expect the Dolphins to make him cover a RB or TE one-on-one. He’s got a nice combination of traits that can make him a good outside linebacker and special team’s ace. Snowden will need to fix technique issues and get better at using his hands against stronger offensive lineman and will need to get stronger in the NFL offseason.
Round 7 Pick 231
Robert Jones, OG, Middle Tennessee
Jones was an Honorable Mention in the All C-USA’ list. The Dolphins showed interest in Jones during the senior bowl and did well in practices, even holding his own against Penn St. Shaka Toney. Guard may not be a big need, but Jones provides solid depth in case Ereck Flowers goes down and the OL needs a reshuffle. He will likely compete with Michael Dieter for a spot in camp. Robert Jones has powerful hands that will help in the run game and he is decent in pass protection, he will be a developmental starting guard.
Round 7 Pick 258
Cam Bynum, CB, California
A depth signing and someone who will be a special teamer. Bynum started every single game he played in from the time he was a redshirt freshman to a senior. He isn’t scared to go out and make a tackle, which is one of his strong points. Bynum does have some issues with his technique, which is very questionable and inconsistent. Even though he doesn’t have the best technique, Bynum is a very physical player. Gerald Alexander (Miami’s DB coach) was Bynum's coach at California.