The 2017 NFL Draft just completed its second day, meaning rounds two and three are now in the books. With the completion of picks, it is time for immediate snap grades, reacting to whomever each team selected throughout the day. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar just published his immediate grades for the second day.
After yesterday’s first round, Kadar gave the Miami Dolphins a B- for their selection of Missouri defensive end Charles Harris. Would he feel the Dolphins did better or worse on day two?
Neither. He graded it exactly the same. Miami received a B- for their selections of Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan and Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley. Kadar writes:
Many thought the Dolphins would take a middle linebacker in the first round when they picked pass rusher Charles Harris. Instead they waited and got a good player in McMillan. He’s a classic thumper linebacker who will help the team’s run defense.
Tankersley was a good, necessary, pick in the third round. The Dolphins badly need talent at cornerback and got a player some thought would be picked in the second round. Tankersley has solid size, got better every year at Clemson and has good play recognition (29 passes defended in the past two seasons).
The Dolphins have been smart with how they attacked this year’s draft, including avoiding Harris in pre-draft visits so they would not be linked, and not jumping around the Draft, but rather letting the board come to them. Miami has also systematically checked off three of their biggest needs, adding a young pass rusher to rotate along the line with Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, and William Hayes, a third starting linebacker to add to Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons, and a cornerback to press for a starting position and at least provide depth. It as been a successful draft thus far for Miami.
Do you agree with Kadar’s B- grade?