Round 1 (pick 8) Grade: A
Player: Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A & M
How can you not love this kid? Seriously? I absolutely love the way he handles himself. Watch Grudens QB video. Watch his interviews. This kid has “it”. The unexplainable “it” factor that every QB needs. His character, confidence and charisma. This kid is smart, and extremely likeaable. He can make all the throws. Yes, he is raw and inexperienced and needs to sit, but he is a first round QB - something Miami fans have been crying out for since Marino retired. With the coaching he’ll receive from our new coaching staff, this kid is going to be our franchise QB for years to come. Love the vibes coming from Philbin, Ireland and Ross. Maybe some will say he wasn’t worth the number 8 guy, but you take your franchise guy and that’s it. Love the pick.
Round 2 (pick 42) Grade A
Player: Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford
Great value. Can play RT immediately and potential future LT if we were to offload Jake. This guy was a first round talent, and many had him as a top 20 pick. Not the most glamorous position, but a first round player in the second round which fills a big need. I did wonder if we could have gone WR here and taken OT in the 3rd (somebody like Bobbie Massie) but a great pick nevertheless.
Round 3 (pick 72) Grade B
Player: Olivier Vernon – DE – University of Miami
Pass rusher – fills a big need. Did we reach? Maybe slightly. This kid has a ton of upside, however. Suspended for a lot of last season, but this kid is a good athlete, and performed well at the combine. Could prove to be a very nice pick indeed.
Round 3 (pick 78) Grade B
Player: Michael Egnew – TE – Missouri
Big seam tight end at 6”5 and 250 pounds. Again I figured we maybe reached a bit and possibly he could have been had later. Watching his tape he could be valuable in the red zone.. Overall he adds something we lacked, a big play making tight end.
Round 4 (pick 97) Grade B+
Player: Lamar Miller – RB – University of Miami
Did not expect this although I like the pick. Maybe we didn’t need a running back, but this was a great value pick. A possible late first round back in the forth round? Yeh, that’s a good pick. Concerns with injury, as well as his ability to be a three down back in the league – although I’m not sure we’d be looking for him to be that. Overall a nice pick, and while we had more pressing issues than a running back, I understand the value of this pick.
Round 5 (pick 155) Grade B-
Player: Josh Kaddu – LB – Oregon
Can’t say I know too much about this guy. His numbers look decent. I’ve read up a bit on him and keep reading the same thing – this guy can blitz. I’ll give him a B-, not too be to generous or harsh on the kid.
Round 6 (pick 183) Grade B+
Player: BJ Cunningham – WR – Michigan State
I like this pick a lot. Especially in the 6th round. Runs routes well (WCO), and broke records at MSU to become the schools highest all time leader in both receptions and receiving yards. We need WR’s as everyone knows, whats not to like about this pick?
Round 7 (pick 215) Grade C-
Player: Kheeston Randall – DT – Texas
Camp Fodder IMO. Although it was a 7th rounder, so not much should be expected. Maybe Ireland knows something, although I felt this pick could have been used on a player who could actually come in and contribute to our needs.
Round 7 (pick 227) Grade B
Player: Rishard Matthews – WR – Nevada
Another WR which is a positive. His senior year numbers look good – 1,364 yards and 8 TDs. Also returns punts which is a positive.
Overall, a very nice draft which I give a B+.
I felt we drafted well and got good value all round. Nice job Philbin and Ireland.