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2022 NFL Draft Coverage (Phinfever)

2022 DRAFT
ROUND
PLAYER
POS
COLLEGE
BIO
3(37)(102)
CHANNING TINDALL ILB GEORGIA 6'2", 230#, 4.47
4(20)(125)
ERIK EZUKANMA WR TEXAS TECH 6'2", 209#, 4.53
7(3)(224)
CAMERON GOODE OLB CALIFORNIA 6'3", 240#, ---
7(26)(247)
SKYLAR THOMPSON QB KANSAS ST 6'2", 217#, ---
UDFA
ZAQUANDRE WHITE RB S CAROLINA 6'0", 215#
UDFA
KELLEN DIESCH OT ARIZONA ST 6/7", 303#
UDFA
OWEN CARNEY DE/OLB ILLINOIS 6'3", 265#
UDFA
BEN STILLE DE/DT NEBRASKA 6'5", 295#
UDFA
TANNER CONNOR WR IDAHO ST 6'3", 226#
UDFA
DEANDRA JOHNSON DE MIAMI 6'3", 253#
UDFA
JORDAN WILLIAMS DT VA TECH 6'5". 285#
UDFA
ELIJAH HAMILTON DB LA TECH 6'2", 205#
UDFA
BRAYLON SANDERS WR MISSISSIPPI 6'0", 194#
UDFA
TY CLARY CUT C ARKANSAS 6'4", 315#
UDFA
KADAR KOHOU DB TEXAS A&M 5'11", 190#. 4.45
UDFA
TOMMY HEATHERLY P FIU 6'0", 205#
UDFA
VERONE MCKINLEY III S OREGON 5'10", 198#
UDFA
BLAISE ANDRIES G/OT MINNESOTA 6'6", 308#
  • Ty Clary failed physical and was released on May 14.

 

Looking ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft *

2023 DRAFT
ROUND
1
2
1
MIA
SF
2
MIA
 
3
MIA
NE
4
MIA
 
5
MIA
 
6
MIA
CHI
7
MIA
 

 

 

2022 FREE AGENCY *
PLAYER
POS
AGE
FROM
YRS
DOLLARS
AAV
Tyreek Hill
WR
28
Chiefs (trade)
4
$120.0 mil
$30.0 mil
Terron Armstead
LT
30
New Orleans
5
$75.0 mil
$15.0 mil
Cedrick Wilson
WR
26
Dallas
3
$22.05 mil
$7.35 mil
Connor Williams
LG
24
Dallas
2
$14.0 mil
$7.5 mil
Chase Edmonds
RB
25
Arizona
2
$12.1 mil
$6.1 mil
Keion Crossen
CB/ST
25
NY Giants
3
$9.45 mil
$3.15 mil
Alec Ingold
FB
25
Las Vegas
2
$7.5 mil
$3.75 mil
Teddy Bridgewater
QB
29
Denver
1
$6.5 mil
$6.5 mil
Melvin Ingram
DE/LB
33
KC Chiefs
1
$3.92 mil
$3.92 mil
Sony Michel
RB
27
LA Rams
1
$2.1 mil
$2.1 mil
Raheem Mostert
RB
29
San Francisco
1
$1.175 mil
$1.937 mil
Thomas Morstead
P
36
New York Jets
1
$1.27 mil
$1.27 mil
             
Emmanuel Ogbah
DE
29
Dolphins
4
$65 mil
$16.25 mil
Mike Gesicki
TE
27
Dolphins
1
$10.9 mil
$10.9 mil
Preston Williams (RFA)
WR
25
Dolphins
1
$1.99 mil
$1.99 mil
Duke Riley
LB
28
Dolphins
1
$3.0 mil
$3.0 mil
Elandon Roberts
ILB
28
Dolphins
1
$3.25 mil
$3.25 mil
Sam Equavoen (RFA)
LB
29
Dolphins
1
$2.0 mil
$2 mil
Nik Needham (RFA)
CB
26
Dolphins
1
$3.9 mil
$3.9 mil
Durham Smythe
TE
26
Dolphins
2
$8.0 mil
$4 mil

 

 

DRAFT GRADES

NFL.COM (Chad Reuter)

Day 1 grade: B
Day 2 grade: B+
Day 3 grade: B
Overall grade: B

Analysis: Miami did not have early picks because of trades for receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who are obviously very good players. But only time will tell whether the lost draft capital was too high a price to pay. The Dolphins were also without their original third-round selection after trading that pick last April to move up for offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg. However, they used a third-round compensatory pick acquired in the Trey Lance deal with the Niners to land a nice chase linebacker in Tindall.

With a fourth-round pick gained from a 2021 draft day trade with Pittsburgh, the Dolphins snagged Ezukanma, a reliable receiver without elite speed or quickness. Goode could play inside or outside for the Dolphins, as an instinctive player who fell under the radar at Cal. The Dolphins did not draft a center, potentially leaving Michael Deiter to handle those duties, but did find a potential backup signal-caller in the "toolsy" Thompson.

ESPN+ (Mel Kiper)

Grade: B-

Top needs: OL, CB, LB

Most of the Dolphins' early draft capital in this class went to Kansas City in the trade for Tyreek Hill; general manager Chris Grier said his staff will "just watch Tyreek highlights" on Day 1 of the draft. So what did Miami get with the four picks it did have?

Linebacker Channing Tindall (102) could be a steal. I projected him to go early in Round 2, and the Dolphins landed him late in Round 3. He played in 50 games at Georgia but was behind Nakobe Dean and Quay Walker on the depth chart, which meant he never actually started a game. But when you put on the tape, he was flying around and making plays. He also tested off the charts at the combine for his size. Tindall found a great fit in Miami.

Wideout Erik Ezukanma (125) is 6-foot-2, but when I watched his film, I saw he dropped way too many passes. Linebacker Cameron Goode (224) could make the team as a situational edge rusher. Skylar Thompson (247) is a fun, late-round quarterback to try out, but he probably is a long shot to make the roster.

Dolphins fans are surely excited about adding Hill, but there's not a lot to rave about with this class, outside of Tindall.

Sports Illustrated

Grade: C

ANALYSIS: This is a small class thanks to the Tyreek Hill trade, but it still managed to surprise me. While the Dolphins gobbled up another YAC wide receiver, they didn’t select a true Mike McDaniel running back or help the offensive line. The Thompson pick was interesting if it has any meaning beyond just a backup. Thompson is really athletic and has a kind of faster Carson Wentz-ian vibe to him. Could the pick be inferring that the Dolphins are going to run a good deal of zone read and want a QB versed in the system? Could Thompson be a special package guy? Should we just go to bed?

USA Today

Grade: A-

They had a draft-low four choices, though did pick up LB Channing Tindall (Round 3) from that championship Georgia defense. But GM Chris Grier spent this year's assets to pry WR Tyreek Hill from the Chiefs after previously ensuring he'd have a pair of first-rounders for a QB-rich 2023 draft ... just in case.

Pro Football Focus (PFF)

Grade: B-

Day 1: Miami had no first-round pick after trading with Kansas City for receiver Tyreek Hill. 

Day 2: Miami’s first pick in the draft came in the third round at No. 102 where they drafted linebacker Channing Tindall. He isn’t nearly as instinctual as his teammate Nakobe Dean, but man can the kid fly sideline to sideline. Blitz him consistently and never ask him to turn his back to the line of scrimmage, and Tindall is going to produce. This is a great fit in Miami.

Day 3: Erik Ezukanma brings some size (6-foot-2, 209 pounds) to the outside, which Miami needed after dealing DeVante Parker. He put up over 600 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons at Texas A&M and averaged over 15.0 yards per reception over the course of his college career. Miami continues to add talent for Tua Tagovailoa to work with on offense.

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer)

Grade: C

The Dolphins were handcuffed into a quiet draft for GM Chris Grier and new coach Mike McDaniel given they gave up a total of five significant picks this year and the next for Tyreek Hill. Tindall did fill a need well to try to upgrade linebacker but there isn't anything else to see here with a developmental pass rusher and passer late.

CBS Sports

Best pick (A-): LB Cameron Goode, California (R7, P224)
Explosive old-school 3-4 OLB type. Drops into coverage effortlessly and has a serious outside speed rush with good bend around the corner. Some pass-rush moves. High-upside type. Length and power are lacking. (Chris Trapasso)

Worst pick (B-): LB Channing Tindall, Georgia (R3, P102)
Speed, speed, and more speed. A blur on the field. But very unpolished as a LB and not a coverage type yet. (Chris Trapasso)

Most interesting pick (B): WR Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech (R4, P125)
The Dolphins only picked four players in the 2022 NFL Draft, and this selection was interesting. Miami used a first-round pick on Jaylen Waddle last year, traded a bevy of picks away for Tyreek Hill this offseason and then took a receiver with their second pick in the draft. This is a crowded wide receiver room now. Will Ezukanma find a way to stand out?

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)

Grade: C

Best Pick: They waited to take a player until the third round because of trades, but they nailed their first pick taking linebacker Channing Tindall. He is a playmaker who will be better in the NFL than he was at Georgia. 

Worst Pick: I didn't like the choice of receiver Erik Ezukanma from Texas Tech. Isn't this a team with a lot of receivers already? Why not another position? 

The Skinny: They didn't pick until the third round because of trades, including to get Tyreek Hill. He was worth getting, so that helps this grade. And I love Tindall. 

Yahoo! Sports

Grade: B+

Favorite pick: Tindall

Tindall emerged last season as a playmaker on a super talented defense after spending most of his career prior to that on special teams. He's not yet facile in coverage and will need help getting lined up at times, but the top-shelf athleticism will ease his development. Miami can use more athletes like this to groom, and this was a need position. Really good value where they got him.

Least-favorite pick: Ezukanma

He was relatively consistent and productive year to year, and even made more downfield catches than you might imagine. But with average length and athleticism, he appears to have little upside, and good teams appeared to have little trouble taking Ezukanma out of games if they wanted to. It'll be an uphill climb to dent the WR depth chart.

Overall: Having used many of their picks as ammunition to acquire veteran talent, namely Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, this was never going to be a massive draft class for the Dolphins. So we’re factoring in the trade activity as a big piece of this puzzle. Adding value and athleticism with Tindall, that’s about where the actual draft excitement ended for Miami. Big picture, this was an important utilization of assets to make Miami better in head coach Mike McDaniel’s first season at the helm.

Draft Wire (Luke Easterling)

Grade: B

Biggest Steal: LB Channing Tindall (3rd Round, No. 102 overall)

Biggest Reach: None

Analysis: It’s hard to do much with only four picks, but the Dolphins kicked off their skinny class with a huge bargain in Tindall, who could have put up huge numbers anywhere else if he wasn’t buried behind the likes of Nakobe Dean and Quay Walker at Georgia. He’ll be a much more productive pro, and fills a big need in the Miami defense.

SB Nation

Grade: D+

Best Pick: Channing Tindall, LB (102)

Wosrt Pick: Either 7th round pick

Analysis: Miami didn’t select until the third round because of their trades, but they got a good player in Channing Tindall. I do think it’s a huge problem that they didn’t get a decent offensive lineman, even with their limited picks. It was the biggest area of need for Mike McDaniel’s new-look offense, and they might regret not addressing it. With such a lean class there wasn’t really a “worst” pick, but both their 7th rounders were going to be UDFAs.

The Ringer

Grade: D

After trading multiple picks for Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins’ first pick didn’t come until late in the third round. The team grabbed a rotational Georgia linebacker in Channing Tindall, who’s raw but hyper athletic and explosive when flying downhill. Texas Tech receiver Erik Ezukanma is an intriguing mid-round pickup because of his run-after-the-catch talent, and Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is a fine seventh round flier. Miami didn’t have much to work with and consequently didn’t come away with a whole lot in this draft. Dolphins fans can take solace in the idea that Tyreek Hill is a de facto member of this group (but I’m only including draft-day trades in this exercise).

Bleacher Report

Grade: C-

The Miami Dolphins are seemingly trying to emulate the Los Angeles Rams' approach to the draft by trading many of their picks for established veterans. 

The Dolphins pulled off a blockbuster trade this offseason, sending the No. 29 pick along with 2022 second- and fourth-rounders and 2023 fourth- and sixth-rounders to the Kansas City Chiefs for star wideout Tyreek Hill. That left Miami with only four picks to use this year.

Channing Tindall is the highlight of the class. His sideline-to-sideline speed should help him get on the field as a rookie. Part of that will be in sub-packages, but he should also be a factor on special teams. 

The Dolphins took wideout Erik Ezukanma in the fourth round, but he didn't even make the top 200 on B/R's final big board. Luckily, they won't need him to make an immediate impact with all of the changes they've made to their receiver room this offseason. 

Fantasy Pros

Grade: C+

With only four picks to work with, there’s not much work for me to do here. But I’ll admit that I was rather pleased to see Miami draft Channing Tindall, whom I had them drafting in my final three-round mock draft.

Linebacker is where the Dolphins needed to improve the most, and the Georgia Bulldog fits the bill. The linebacker finished as PFF’s eighth-highest-graded linebacker in 2021 and tested off the charts at the Combine. Miami got a steal with Tindall’s sure tackling and imposing presence outside the top 100 picks.

After that, there’s not much to go on. Erik Ezukanma is a protypical special teams wide receiver who will add value to his real-life NFL team but is someone to ignore in fantasy.

 

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