I don't post on here anymore, but I logged in and saw this, and thought I would just give my 2 cents.
Everyone has vast scouting departments; guys who are not only watching tape all season, but are going to schools getting a look at players in practice and games in person, talking to coaches, teammates, all the way down to equipment managers to get a sense of who these players are on and off the field. You then have scouting coordinators, directors, and other personnel staff who are constantly cross-referencing each other's work, watching tape, and compiling their own opinions.
Then coaches get involved in the Off Season, other top personnel execs, etc.
My point is so much work goes into every single player that it is silly to sit here and say "they drafted poorly/well" based on who that team took.
While some teams scout better than others, to me the difference is not in the players taken. The difference is in how teams attack the draft and build the roster as a whole. The teams that reach for need, and draft positions in each round rather than players tend to not do as well, in my opinion. The teams that prioritize the premium spots your scheme dictates, and then drafts the best players available relative to that, are the teams that do well.
The other factor is luck. At the end of the day, with what I just said above, every team has the resources and intellect in the building to draft well. Luck is a huge factor, as is coaching…Who was giving Seattle's drafts A's and B's over the last few years? Nobody. You look back at them now, and they were stacked with talent from top to bottom. On the opposite end, Bellichick was praised for years with his drafts between around 2009 through 2012, and look at the amount of misses in them.
You criticize the Patriots for taking guys with injury concerns, and the Browns for not taking a receiver early. It could be that Easley recovers from his ACL better than ever and becomes dominant, Jimmy Garrapolo becomes a phenomenal QB for them, Stork and Fleming are long term starters, etc. It could also be that none of them pan out as planned. It could be that the WR the Browns would have taken in round 2 ends up being a bust, and Bitonio an All Pro lineman.
We don't know anything. I can sit here and say this and that about what I think the players Miami, or any other team drafted, will become. But I have no idea, nor does Dennis Hickey, or anyone else. I think the thing you can judge is in how they handled the draft as a whole. Did they reach for needs, or attack their board vertically with need being a minimal factor? I don't know. We can all have our opinions there.
You criticize them for taking Gilbert and a #1 next year rather than taking Sammy at #4. What if Gilbert turns into the next Jonathan Joseph and that #1 next year is another top 10 pick?
Swerve, I'm not blasting you. Just saying to judge drafts now, and say "this team did better than this team", is pointless.
One thing I will say is that "needing to take position X" in a certain round is a recipe for disaster. Hopefully that's not the reason James was taken in the first, or Landry in the 2nd. If so, as of now it was a poor draft. If they attacked their board vertically, as of now it was a good one.
My opinion on Miami's draft is this: They passed up on (in my opinion) more high-cieling talent at the top for safer, more immediate impact players. I think the O-line will be above average in pass protection next season, but run blocking could be an issue. Turner is a big, long player with no college experience (to my knowledge) at OG. For a long player to get his hands up, inside quickly and win the leverage battle, it takes a lot of technique and fundamental work. I think his run blocking in the short term will show flashes, especially when he gets out in space, and over time will be devastating. In 2014 I think we'll see struggles. James' strength is not his run blocking, nor is Albert's. Combined with Miami's backfield, and I see running the ball being difficult. Lamar is going to have to develop as a good shot-gun runner, which I don't see his skill set as such.
The small school thing doesn't concern me. Again, scouts and the entire personnel department know what they're doing. It's more about applying them to the offense/defense than the evaluation of the level of talent of the player himself. I will say it will probably take more time to develop those guys, as they get used to the speed/size of the NFL game (Turner included).
Overall, it was a draft that attacked short term needs throughout. As long as they followed their board vertically, I would be fine as a Dolphins fan. If they reached and attacked positions rather than players in each round, I'd be concerned.