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Miami Dolphins 2018 draft grades: Polls for Durham Smythe, Kalen Ballage

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The Miami Dolphins made two picks in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. They first added Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe, doubling down on the position after using a second-round pick on Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki. The selection of Smythe gives Miami a blocking tight end to pair with the pass catching of Gesicki and, effectively, leads to a direct replacement of Anthony Fasano, who is thought to be retiring this year.

Gesicki should be the replacement - and upgrade - over Julius Thomas.

Shortly after adding Smythe, Miami came back up on the clock and added Aruzona State running back Kalen Ballage. Miami will likely look to use Ballage as their third running back this year, behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore, using the year to develop Ballage into his potential. He should become a perfect compliment to Drake in the future, and he should be able to give Miami two talented running backs to throw at defenses for the next several years.

What are your thoughts on the two picks? Vote in the polls below and feel free to discuss why you have that grade in the comments.


How do you grade the Miami Dolphins’ fourth-round pick of Durham Smythe?

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  • 22%
    (525 votes)
  • 44%
    (1043 votes)
  • 23%
    (556 votes)
  • 6%
    (144 votes)
  • 3%
    (83 votes)
2351 votes total Vote Now


How do you grade the Miami Dolphins’ sixth-round pick of Kalen Ballage?

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  • 32%
    (749 votes)
  • 41%
    (942 votes)
  • 18%
    (426 votes)
  • 4%
    (103 votes)
  • 2%
    (59 votes)
2279 votes total Vote Now