Miami Dolphins Draft: Day 3 Analysis

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Miami Dolphins Draft: Day 3 Analysis With the 164th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins have selected guard Isaac Asiata.
The Dolphins traded with the Philadelphia Eagles to move up 2 spots to draft Asiata. The Dolphins gave up their 166th and 184th pick, and in return the Eagles gave the Dolphins their 164th and 194th pick.

Isaac Asiata was 1 of the potential 30 out-of-state prospects the Dolphins were permitted to host during the offseason according to NFL rules. He is also the brother of Vikings running back—Matt Asiata. The former Utah guard has played on both left and right sides, and also played right tackle for the Utes.
“I’m a guard, center. Wherever they want me to play, I’ll learn the position. It doesn’t matter to me.”—Isaac Asiata
At 6’3, 323 pounds, Asiata is the big aggressive guard that the Dolphins need. He has the skills to run-block and is not weak against the bull-rush in his pass-protection. The Dolphins have no bonafide starter at the left guard position. Anthony Steen and newcomer free-agent Ted Larsen are currently listed as the teams left guards, but do not have an impressive resume’. Asiata can immediately contribute for a starter on this team: paving the way for RB Jay Ajayi and being a reliable pillar for QB Ryan Tannehill.’s Lance Zierlein:
With the 178th pick, the Dolphins selected DT Davon Godchaux out of LSU. The defensive tackle played 35 games for the Tigers from his freshman to junior years. From 2014-16, Godchaux combined for 139 tackles, 19 for loss (17.5 of them in 2015 and 2016), and 12.5 sacks (all sacks coming from 2015 and 2016 seasons).
The Dolphins need depth at defensive tackle to rotate with Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips. Aside from Suh and Phillips, the team does not have any serviceable defensive tackles. Also considering Phillips inconsistent play, the Dolphins might need a quality player to either push Jordan Phillips to become better or surpass him as a starter on the depth chart.
    “I thought I would be taken in the third round. The Dolphins got them a steal.”—Davon Godchaux’s Lance Zierlein:
 At pick number 194, the Dolphins decided to go back-to-back by drafting another defensive tackle— Vincent Taylor. The Oklahoma State Cowboy played all 26 games during his sophomore and junior seasons. He racked up 48 tackles, 9 for loss, and 4.5 sacks in 2015. He surpassed that production in his final season in 2016 with 51 tackles, 13 for loss, and 7.5 sacks.
The 6’3, 304 pound tackle is quick off the snap and adds another piece of depth for the Dolphins at the position.
“I like the way Ndamukong Suh plays.”—Vincent Taylor’s Lance Zierlein:
The Dolphins had the 223rd overall pick in the 7th Round but traded down to allow Tampa Bay to move up and select DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu from USC. In return the Dolphins received the Bucs 237th pick in the draft as well as Tampa Bay’s 2018 7th-Rounder.
 With the 237th pick, the Dolphins selected WR Isaiah Ford from Virginia Tech. Ford played in 39 games in college and totaled 210 receptions, 2967 yards, and 24 touchdowns. As a freshman in 2014, he had 56 catches for 709 yards and 6 touchdowns. His best statistical year was his sophomore season when he caught 75 balls, gained 1164 yards, and scored 11 touchdowns. In his last season in 2016, he had 79 receptions, 1094 yards, and 7 touchdowns.
The Dolphins are fully stocked with starting wide-receivers which makes this a curious pick when safeties Lorenzo Jerome and Jadar Johnson were still on the board. 2015 1st-rounder DeVante Parker, 2014 2nd-rounder Jarvis Landry, resigned deep-threat Kenny Stills, and 2016 draftee Leonte Carroo all make up the team’s receiving core. It will be curious to see if Isaiah Ford will even see the field.’s Lance Zierlein:
Michael Hernandez breaks down each Miami Dolphins pick from the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft.


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