An in depth look at the 2014 Miami Dolphins draft


People miss judge rookie classes very early because of their “lack of production” in the first year or two, but they don’t go back and look at what they produce later in their careers. But with that being said, a general manager should draft to be able to fill some holes and have them produce somewhat in their rookie year, whether that be as a situational pass rusher, a core special teamer, or even dime cornerback. Just because a rookie doesn’t start and get rookie of the year does not mean they had a bad rookie season and didn’t produce for the team at all. So with that in mind, let’s look at what this year’s rookie class could be able to contribute to this team.


  • Right Tackle Ja’Wuan James 6’6″ 311 lbs. Tennessee
    • Even though there has been some debate as to whether James was a “value pick” in this draft at nineteenth overall, there is no doubting that he will be the Miami Dolphins starting right tackle from day one. There is also very little doubt that he will be an upgrade over Tyson Clabo from last year. James excels in pass blocking and he and Braden Albert should help drastically cut down from last year’s awful fifty-eight sacks allowed.
    • What can be expected from James this year? Expect James to step in and be the immediate starter at right tackle from day one and start all sixteen games, barring any injury


  • Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry 6’0″ 205 lbs. LSU
    • The Dolphins now have plenty of options at wide receiver now, and Jarvis Landry only adds to a now strength of the team. With down the field threat Mike Wallace, dependable Z receiver in Brian Hartline, Z and slot receivers in Jarvis Landry and Brandon Gibson, redzone threat in Armon Binns, and young slot receiver in Rishard Matthews, the Dolphins have the making of a productive receiving core. But focusing just on Landry, he is very sure-handed, catching the ball with his hands, not his body. He is a very polished route-runner, and a very quarterback friendly receiver that comes back to the ball.
    • What can be expected from Landry this year? Expect Landry to be in some three and four receiver sets, and to be lined up in the slot and Z receiver positions. He could catch anywhere from 20-40 balls with 300-400 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
  • Offensive Tackle/Guard Billy Turner 6’5″ 315 lbs North Dakota St
    • Again, the Dolphins went offensive line in the draft to sure up what was the worst unit on the team last year. While Turner played tackle his whole career at NDST, he will most likely be asked to move inside to guard where he is needed much more. Turner is raw, but he is very athletic, has very long arms, and was known as the nastiest offensive lineman in this draft. He has the ability and to out and pull on running plays, work his way to the second level, but also has quick enough feet to pass protect well also.
    • What can be expected from Turner this year? Expect Turner to be the starter at either left or right guard and be successful at it as well. He will be a much needed addition to the running game because of his nasty streak in him. That will help him finish off blocks well and open running lanes, which is desperately needed for the Dolphins.
  • Corner back Walt Aikens 6’0″ 205 lbs. Liberty
    • Drafting Walt Aikens in the fourth round was a little surprising for the Dolphins considering they used a second and third on the position last year and signed Brent Grimes back to a long-term deal, but nonetheless, it is never bad to have plenty of depth in the secondary in the NFL. Aikens excels in press coverage and has the ability to run down field with the receiver.
    • What can be expected from Aikens this year? Expect Aikens to be a core special teamer and contribute in the dime package on occasion for the Dolphins.
  • Tight End Arthur Lynch 6’5″ 258 lbs. Georgia
    • Drafting Arthur Lynch indicates that the Dolphins were not happy with Dion Simms last year. Lynch is a short to intermediate pass catcher that is more of an inline blocker than anything. He led the all tight ends at the combine in bench pressing with twenty-eight reps of 225 pounds. He is strong and is a decent athlete, that could be a valuable run blocking tight end. Some have compared him to a Anthony Fasano type of tight end.
    • What can be expected from Lynch this year? Expect Lynch to be used sparingly, and to be mostly used in running situations.
  • Outside Linebacker Jordan Tripp 6’3″ 23 lbs. Montana
    • Jordan Tripp was a very good value pick for the Dolphins. He is a very athletic linebacker that seems to be all around the field and around the ball all the time. He was a team captain at Montana and showed great character while he was there. He could be a Pro-Bowl type special team player and shows the temperament to do so. He can be an edge rusher if needed but also a very effective run stopper at the linebacker position as well.
    • What can be expected from Tripp this year? Expect Tripp to be a outstanding special team player with a chance to contribute on defense as well. Expect him to also push for a starter position at outside linebacker but more likely being a situational guy that comes in and can produce.
  • Wide Receiver Matt Hazel 6’1″ 198 lbs. Coastal Carolina
    • This pick did not make much sense considering the log jam the Dolphins have a wide receiver already. Hazel was a productive receiver in college but did not play against bigger schools. He is slender at 198 pounds and has trouble getting off press coverage. But he does have good hands and can track the deep ball well. He has the potential to play special teams because of his decent speed.
    • What can be expected from Hazel this year? Do not expect much from Hazel this year as it is no guarantee that he even makes the roster. He is a likely practice squad player. He will have to show his worth on special teams and show promise as a receiver to make this roster.
  • Defensive End Terrence Fede 6’4″ 278 ┬álbs. Marist
      • Terrence Fede is the first ever player drafted out of Marist. He is good NFL size and is a strong athlete. He did not dominate his lower level competition, which is cause for concern. He would like play a Derrick Shelby role on the defensive line, coming in to spell Cameron Wake or Olivier Vernon.
      • What can be expected from Fede this year? Expect Fede to be a practice squad player. He has ideal NFL size and will need a few years of NFL coaching to be able to produce at all for the Dolphins.

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  • Alex Sabbac

    I like what you had to say, but you desperately need an editor to review your work before publication.

    • Anonymous

      LOL he is a horrible writer…I think he whiffed on understanding that the deadwood we have at WR like Binns….will be let go in favor of these rookies. Great draft!