Over the course of May, both Joe Marino 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|
|178||DT||Davon Godchaux||Louisiana State|
|194||DT||Vincent Taylor||Oklahoma State|
|237||WR||Isaiah Ford||Virginia Tech|
Best Value: WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
This recognition comes down to Ford being a player that I had as a top 100 prospect on my draft board. The other notable candidate with Utah Guard Isaac Asiata, who I think will be an immediate plug and play starter at Left Guard for the Dolphins and be a massive upgrade.
Ford’s play at Virginia Tech was solid across the board and his strengths as a player draw favorable comparisons to current Dolphins’ WR Devante Parker.
Stylistically I think you find lots of similarities between Isaiah Ford/Devante Parker. Ford a little leaner but looks like he'll test well
— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) February 20, 2017
Ford is not as athletically gifted as I anticipated but he does bring solid contested catch ability and has reason to challenge for a roster spot and notable playing time if Parker doesn’t finally stay healthy for a full 16 game schedule.
Ford can play at this level; the questions NFL franchises seemed to have with him center around how well he can separate with consistency as a marginal athlete without plus strength as a part of his game.
Worst Value: DT Davon Godchaux, Louisiana State
Godchaux was a player that, in spite of being selected in the middle of Day 3, really struck me as a poor value. Godchaux rated in the 280s on my personal draft board, this was not someone I considered a viable draft investment given his current product on the field.
Godchaux is going to have to fight Ndamukong Suh, Jordan Phillips, fellow rookie Vincent Taylor and others for playing time. I’m not convinced he makes the roster but if he doesn’t I’m even m0re convinced he won’t see significant snaps unless the Dolphins’ defensive line is pressed with injuries throughout the season.
Could Surprise: CB Cordrea Tankersley
I love this fit for the Dolphins. Stylistically, Tankersley fits a lot of what the Dolphins look for on the boundary and I was stunned to see him fall into the third round.
The Dolphins landed a player with physicality, ball skills and size to pair with last year’s 2nd rd selection Xavien Howard and potentially supplant Byron Maxwell, who has the length and ball skills but not the physicality Miami desires. One of the best steals of Day 2 of the Draft.