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2016 Miami Dolphins Draft Recap: Rounds 4-7

We continue our recap of the players selected by the Miami Dolphins in rounds 4 to 7.

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During the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins were one of the most active teams when it came to trading picks.

The team lost their fourth round pick in order to trade up four spots with the Baltimore Ravens to land cornerback Xavien Howard on Friday night. The team then moved up to the late third round with the Minnesota Vikings to select Leonte Carroo, giving up their 6th round (No. 186 pick) and two 2017 picks.

Without a fourth round pick, Miami then decided to trade out of the 5th round by getting three picks in exchange - No. 196, 204 and 250 - from the New England Patriots, only for the Patriots to then turn around and trade their newly acquired 5th and their No. 243 pick in the 7th round to the Seahawks for a 7th round pick and a 2017 4th round pick.

However, when things couldn't get more confusing, the Dolphins decided they wanted the No. 186 overall pick back from the Vikings, trading away their No. 196 and No. 227 picks.

Confused yet? You're not alone. Let's move onto the prospects that the Miami Dolphins selected on the third day after their flurry of trades.

Round 6, #11: Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech, 5-6, 165 LBS

The Miami Dolphins no longer want the valuable Jarvis Landry to return kicks, and therefore selected the lightning quick Jakeem Grant with their first pick of the 6th round. Many teams crossed Grant off their draft boards due to his short and undersized frame. Grant also needs to tidy up his route running to stand any chance at getting offensive snaps next season.

But something tells me Grant will be seeing plenty of time on special teams in 2016. At times he looks more like an American muscle car than football player, with his ability to hit top speed with only a couple of steps. Once the ball is in his hands, he's a player who is always a home run threat.

Best case scenario is that he develops into a dangerous slot receiver, and worst case scenario is that he becomes a core special teams player.

Round 6, #29: Jordan Lucas, CB/S, Penn State, 6-0, 201 LBS

Many analysts had Jordan Lucas listed as a safety, but the Miami Dolphins see his true position at corner. Like Xavien Howard, he fits the new prototype of what Miami want from their corners - tall, physical and good at pressing. Lucas is also a solid run defender, understanding what position he needs to be in to make the tackle, and has experience at blitzing.

His downside is that he's not overly athletic, which is why many projected him as a safety at the next level. However, he'll be solid depth and a core special teams player, which should see him make the final 53-man roster.

Round 7, #2: Brandon Doughby, QB, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 213 LBS

While I'm not suggesting Doughty will even be a tenth as successful, he does remind me a little of Tom Brady when he came out of college. Lanky, slow (reported 5.14 in 40-yard dash) and doesn't possess an ideal arm, he was overlooked by many NFL teams before the Dolphins selected him with their first 7th round pick.

What I do like about Doughby is that he works hard, studies the film, can get out of trouble when in the pocket and has a quick release. He is also very accurate, not shying away from throwing the ball into tiny pockets.

Good development player who could end up being the second choice quarterback in a few years time.

Round 7, #10: Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA, 6-2, 231 LBS

Thomas Duarte may be Miami's last selection of the draft, but he easily is one of the players who could have the most upside in the latter rounds of the draft. Due to his potential, I felt he would have been selected much higher than this somewhere in the 5th round, but he slid as he is essentially a wide receiver in a tight end's body. At present, he'll need work at blocking and does drop the occasional pass.

However, what is in his favor is his prototypical frame (which could stand to add more bulk) his route-running and his speed. Sure, he's not a homerun threat, but he has enough speed to be a mismatch at the next level.

He may not feature much in 2016, but after some seasoning he could develop into a decent seam-threat.

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter@AlexParish89.