Coming off an 10–6 campaign, the Dolphins are looking to take another step forward going into the 2017 season. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Dolphins hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 22 (No. 22 overall)
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: When one thinks of the “ideal” size for a 4-3 defensive end, a guy like Cameron Wake doesn’t necessarily fit the bill. Neither does Harris, but that did not keep the Missouri product from creating havoc off the edge as a college star. Outside of Wake, there simply was not enough meaningful depth at defensive end on the Dolphins’ roster, so Harris should find himself with an ample shot at playing time. Of note is that Miami also passed on Reuben Foster, as well as on Forrest Lamp, who could have slotted in as a starting guard for them out of the gate. GRADE: B
Round 2, Pick 22 (No. 54)
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State: Applaud the thinking here by the Dolphins, who knew they still needed an infusion of athleticism at linebacker despite how satisfied they seem to be with Kiko Alonso. McMillan is a three-down guy, whether Miami opts to use him in the middle or on the outside. The surprise, if there is one: Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham’s still available. GRADE: B+
Round 3, Pick 33 (No. 97)
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson: Another in-your-face cornerback with size joins a secondary that's suddenly chock full of them. Tankersly might remind Dolphins fans of veteran Byron Maxwell or 2016 draft pick Xavien Howard—he has that same physical (to a fault) approach. He could be a very good cornerback, or he could be a guy teams attack. GRADE: B–
Round 5, Pick 20 (No. 164) Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
Round 5, Pick 35 (No. 178) Davon Dochaux, DT, LSU
Round 5, Pick 41 (No. 184) Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
Round 6, Pick 10 (No. 194) Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State
Round 7, Pick 19 (No. 237) Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech