2014 marked the first draft for the Miami Dolphins new general manager Dennis Hickey. One of the biggest criticisms of former general manager Jeff Ireland in his time with the team was his lack of success at the top of the draft. He especially took heat over his picks in the second round. Hickey selected 8 players in this years draft with the bottom 6 players either delivering minimal returns or not seeing the field at all. One thing most Dolphin fans do agree on is that Hickey hit pay dirt with the first two picks of the draft.
First round draft pick and offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James has come to the Dolphins as advertised. James was holding down the right side at offensive tackle to begin the season, then following the season ending injury to Branden Albert moved to the all important left tackle position. Since moving James he has performed like a seasoned vet. While James still has a ways to go before reaching his ceiling as a player he has for sure cemented himself on to this roster as a player that we can expect to see in a Miami Dolphins jersey for many years to come.
Second rounder Jarvis Landry is if anything better then most Dolphins fans expected. Sure he had some spectacular college highlights posted all over YouTube but how would that transition to the much more difficult and complicated NFL game? Well all Landry has done thus far through 13 games is become the teams second leading WR catching 63 balls for 573 yards and 5 touchdowns. On top of that he has become one of the NFL's best kick returners gaining another 776 yards on kick off returns and 172 yards on punt returns. Besides quickly becoming a fan favorite he seems to have become starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill's favorite target.