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2012 NFL Draft: Analyzing the Dolphins’ Late Round Draft Picks

4) Lamar Miller, RB, MIami: This was the most surprising pick of the draft for the Dolphins, in my opinion. When they traded up in round 4, I was almost certain they were going to take a receiever such as Nick Toon. Instead, they went with Miller, a player they had much higher than round 4 on their board and they felt like there was no other choice than to move up and get him. This pick has great value and I do not regret their decision at all. He’s got huge potential and is the perfect replacement for Reggie Bush if he decides to walk next off-season.

5) Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon: I can’t say I saw this pick coming either. It was clear by this point that Ireland was sticking to his board and not going for needs. I like the call especially in the late rounds because these players don’t usually come in and contribute as a starter within the first couple seasons. Kaddu has some potential, but needs to develop more pass rushing moves and bulk up if he wants to succeed in the NFL. He should be a very good contributor to special teams early in his career, however.

6) B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan St.: Finally! A reciever! It took the Dolphins until round 6 to finally select one, and I think they actually got a great value here in Cunningham. He will come in and compete for a roster spot, but with the Dolphins having so many, you have to think there is only so much room for Cunningham and other receivers picked up in the draft or as a UFA. Cunningham lacks top speed and Elite height, but does everything else you look for in a receiver pretty well.

7) Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas: Impossible to judge this pick, as he was a nose tackle in college, but likely to small to play it in the NFL. It adds more beef to bench.

7) Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada: Another receiver selected here in the late rounds. He is a good value here. He will come in compete with the large amount of receivers on the roster already. Matthews has some good hands and finds creative ways to get open.

 

Final Thoughts: I like how the Dolphins ended the draft with two undervalued receivers. This was a deep receiving class and I think Jeff Ireland saw that. This draft really showed the value of receivers in Joe Philbin’s eyes. He believes he can find them anywhere.

1 comment

  1. whoknowsnothing

    Good back to back drafts (2011 & 2012).
    This shows the Phins are building through the draft and getting better quality players.

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