Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Miami Dolphins.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|54||LB||Raekwon McMillan||Ohio State|
|194||DT||Vincent Taylor||Oklahoma State|
|237||WR||Isaiah Ford||Virginia Tech|
Best Value: WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
Ford has the ceiling of an average number two receiver at the next level. His ball skills in contested situations and footwork to win early in routes are his best assets. Consistently working to his spots, Ford can be relied upon to properly time his route and adjust it based on coverage. He fights through contact and plays with good poise. There is some consistency needed with his hands, and he must work his route stems more regularly to achieve leverage.
Ford has a baseline skill set, but lacks the dynamic qualities that would make him anything more than an average secondary target.
Worst Value: EDGE Charles Harris, Missouri
Charles Harris is a high motor edge defender with a good variety of pass rush moves. His frame suggests he is best suited to play as a rush linebacker in a 3-4, but he may not have the functional athleticism to succeed in space. Asking him to hold the edge against the NFL offensive tackles in the run game would be a difficult projection, considering his obvious lack of play strength.
Unless Harris can develop athletically and get stronger in the lower half, he will be relegated to only pass rushing duties, an area in which he has good technique. Harris needs to develop a better all-around skill set to be more than a situational player in the NFL.
Could Surprise: G Isaac Asiata, Utah
Asiata is an aggressive, powerful blocker with good movement skills. With a plethora of experience at every interior position, Asiata offers ideal versatility. His explosion and technique out of his stance is excellent and helps him win reps early, but his technique through contact must improve. Too often his base narrows and causes body control and balance issues that lead to him slipping off blocks. Asiata is in such a hurry to bury opponents that he gets overzealous with his leg drive and loses his base.
As a pass blocker, Asiata has a powerful anchor to absorb contact and re-leverage his hips. With refinement, Asiata can be an eventual productive starter.