Dolphins address needs on final day of 2017 NFL draft

The Dolphins traded picks 164 and 194 to the Eagles for picks 166 and 184 in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. With pick No. 164, the Dolphins selected offensive guard Isaac Asiata out of the University of Utah.

Asiata was a recipient of the 2016 Morris Award which is presented to the Pac-12’s best offensive lineman. He was also named second-team All-Pac-12 while accumulating a team leading 13 cut blocks.

Guard has been perceived as a need for Miami and they’ve been looking for interior lineman that have played multiple positions along the offensive line. Asiata has experience playing both guard positions and has performed responsibilities at Utah that he’ll be asked to execute in Miami.

“We [Utah] ran a lot of inside zone, outside zone and gap-power schemes at Utah, counter schemes. … I kind of ran it all and I feel like it will mesh really well with what Miami has.”

The Dolphins offensive linemen pride themselves on getting blocks in the second level of the defense and despite a time of 5.34 in the 40-yard dash, he’s proven that he has more than enough athleticism to hit moving targets. Asiata also completed 35 strength reps at 225 pounds which was tops among all 2017 NFL combine participants.

Asiata’s says he wants to bring “intellectuality and brutality” to the Dolphins offensive line and if history is any indicator of future performances, he should have success at the right guard position in the NFL.

 

The Dolphins addressed another need when they selected LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux with the 178th pick in the fifth round. At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, Godchaux posted a career high 62 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2016.

While the Dolphins do need more help along the interior of their defensive line, Godchaux is more of a penetrating defensive lineman which hardly quells concerns surrounding the Dolphins run defense. Godchaux models his game after some of the NFL’s premier defensive tackles in Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

If he can achieve a level of success remotely close to his idols, the Dolphins will be more than happy that Godchaux, a projected third-round pick was available in the sixth round.

 

The Dolphins doubled down at defensive tackle, selecting Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor at pick No. 194 in the sixth round. Taylor is another penetrating defensive tackle who racked up a total of 12 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss in his three seasons as a Cowboy.

Taylor’s seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss earned him first-team All-Big 12 honors last season but now he’s entering the NFL and he hopes to be mentored by Ndamukong Suh – a player he’s always looked up to.

“I used to always tell myself ‘I like the way Ndamukong Suh plays.’ I’m not just saying that just because I just got drafted by Miami, but I’ve been saying that every interview I did. They say, ‘Who do you model your game after, who do you look up to?’ Ndamukong Suh was always that guy I looked up to and for me to be on the same team with him. … I’m just looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me and what I can learn from him.”

 

Wide receiver was not a need for the Dolphins but they added competition to their wide receiver corps when they selected wide receiver Isaiah Ford out of Virginia Tech with their seventh-round pick. Ford eclipsed the 1,000-mark in his final two seasons as a Hokie and earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2016.

Ford also broke the school’s record for receptions (210), receiving yards (2,967) and receiving touchdowns (24) in just three seasons. While ford runs just 4.64 in the 40-yard dash, Ford is a very good route runner who gains separation with his lateral quickness.

Despite the fact that Ford was selected in the final round of the draft, his body control and ability to come down with the 50-50 ball will give him an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in his rookie year.

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Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.