Dolphins Rookie Report Card: Week 12

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, we'll grade the performance of each 2013 Miami Dolphins draft pick and comment on their development. Here's the latest round of grades following Miami's 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

DE Dion Jordan (1st Round Pick, 3rd overall). Grade: B

Jordan was given his biggest workload of the season in Week 12, both in number of snaps (33) and percentage of defensive snaps played (45.2). In that time he delivered a quarterback hurry and a sack, his second quarterback takedown of the year and his first since the season opener. He also nearly blocked a punt from his spot on the special teams unit.

It's encouraging to not only see Jordan getting more playing time but to see the Dolphins utilizing his versatility and athleticism. He was used in coverage on 10 plays, after dropping back a total of 16 times in the previous 11 games.

Season GPA: 2.50 Team Rank: 2nd

CB Jamar Taylor (2nd Round Pick, 54th overall). Grade: C

Taylor dressed and saw some action on special teams, but made no notable impact on the game.

Season GPA: 1.67 Team Rank: 7th

OL Dallas Thomas (3rd Round Pick, 77th overall). Grade: I (Incomplete)

After his stellar performance on that single snap against the Chargers, Thomas went right back to the bench. The coaches passed over Thomas when Sam Brenner missed a few plays after an injury, instead inserting journeyman lineman David Arkin.

Season GPA: 2.0 Team Rank: 3rd

CB Will Davis (3rd Round Pick, 93rd overall). Grade: I (Incomplete)

Davis dressed, but did not record a snap. A little recent praise from his coach suggests his debut may be close.

Season GPA: N/A Team Rank: N/A

LB Jelani Jenkins (4th Round Pick, 104th overall). Grade: C

Jenkins had no defensive snaps against Carolina, only serving in his normal special teams role.

Season GPA: 1.73 Team Rank: 6th

Dion Sims (4th Round Pick, 106th overall). Grade: C

Sims caught his third pass of the season, a 6-yard gain in the third quarter that converted a third down. Other than that play, he spent most of his time on the field as an inline blocker. Of his 17 snaps, he blocked on 12 of them.

Season GPA: 1.91 Team Rank: 5th

RB Mike Gillislee (5th Round Pick, 164th overall). Grade: I (Incomplete)

Gillislee is likely to debut this week against the New York Jets after Daniel Thomas suffered a season-ending ankle injury. It'll be good to finally catch a glimpse of the rookie in real game action. Gillislee rarely saw time against starting-caliber competition in the preseason, which is the last time we saw him.

Season GPA: N/A Team Rank: N/A

K Caleb Sturgis (5th Round Pick, 166th overall). Grade: C

Sturgis missed a 53-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, a play that happened to be the closest the Dolphins would get to scoring in the second half. The long miss was painful, but the rookie hit his three other field goals.

Season GPA: 3.00 Team Rank: 1st

DB Don Jones (7th Round Pick, 250th overall). Grade: B

Jones somehow earned his way back on the punt coverage unit, but rewarded his coaches with a solid effort.

Season GPA: 1.97 Team Rank: 4th


All player data is courtesy of Pro Football Focus and all contract info is courtesy of OverTheCap.com.



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