Dolphins Rookie Report Card: Week 1

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Each week, we'll grade the performance of each 2013 Miami Dolphins draft pick and comment on their development. Here's the first round of grades of the season after Miami's 23-10 Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns.

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

The much anticipated debut of the third overall pick lasted just 17 plays. Jordan was very limited, only appearing in Miami's "Speed" personnel package, primarily used late in the game to put pressure on the Browns when they fell behind by two scores.

When on the field, Jordan had virtually no impact. Cleveland right tackle Mitchell Schwartz had little trouble managing Jordan's pass rush. He did record his first career sack when Brandon Weeden broke the pocket, but had it negated because he facemasked the quarterback as he took him down.

Season GPA: 1.7

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

Taylor is still recovering from a sports hernia injury and did not play.

Season GPA: N/A

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

Thomas was inactive Sunday. After a tough preseason, Thomas looks like he'll be emergency offensive line depth this year.

Season GPA: N/A

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

Davis was inactive due to an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. After Dimitri Patterson's groin injury on Sunday, the Dolphins need cornerback depth and the hope is either Davis or Taylor can return to the mix soon.

Season GPA: N/A

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

Jenkins tallied just three defensive snaps, but his coverage on what appeared to be Weeden's first progression on one of those plays helped the Dolphins' pass rush record a sack. He also recorded a tackle on the kickoff coverage unit.

Otherwise, Jenkins was a non-factor in Week 1.

Season GPA: 2.3

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

It was a muted debut for Sims, who played just 15 offensive snaps. He was asked to block on most of those, so there wasn't much of an opportunity to see if he can contribute to the pass game. Pro Football Focus gave him a negative grade for his run blocking work.

Season GPA: 2.0

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

Gillislee was a healthy scratch, as he is likely to be for most of the year unless one of the starting tailbacks suffers an injury.

Season GPA: N/A

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

Sturgis will earn an 'A' as long as he hits each field goal he's asked to, which he did against Cleveland. The former Florida Gator went 3-for-3 and has yet to miss in a Dolphins uniform, regular season or preseason.

Season GPA: 4.0

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

A surprise addition to the active gameday roster, Jones made a mark with his special teams play. He recorded three tackles in kick coverage, including an impressive open field tackle of Cleveland punt returner Travis Benjamin that prevented a probable big return. (Unfortunately, a penalty forced Miami to re-kick and Benjamin took that return for 31 yards. But Jones' tackle was impressive nonetheless.)

The Dolphins will need solid special teamers, and if Jones can continue provide that he'll be a valuable part of the team.

Season GPA: 3.0


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

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