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In Review: Tannenbaum's Three Drafts


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At 6-9 and with one game left against the Bills (who are motivated and gunning for a playoff spot), it's time to look ahead to next season. You can't properly do that without looking at your successes and failures from the years past. Shall we?


Tannenbaum's First Three Drafts
(two with Dennis Hickey, one with Chris Grier, two with Gase's input)
Later picks are graded more leniently, more recent draft grades are obviously tenuous


(1st, 14th) WR DeVante Parker: Inconsistent and oft-injured, his flashes are too far apart for him to be considered a consistent weapon. Look for Miami to pick up his 2019 option this offseason but it's not guaranteed and next year could be his last huzzah.
(2nd, 52nd) DT Jordan Phillips: Originally slated to pick at 47, Miami acquired both Phillips and two fifth-round picks (later picking Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett) in a trade back with Philly. Mostly a back-up who plays 40-60% of snaps, Phillips can nevertheless be a very effective and disruptive interior defender.
(3rd, 78th) traded alongside Dannell Ellerbe to New Orleans for WR Kenny Stills
(4th, 114th) OG Jamil Douglas: started a few games as a rookie, was off the team the following year
(5th, 145th) CB Bobby McCain: developed over the years into a consistent slot cornerback and core special teamer
(5th, 149th) RB Jay Ajayi: backup for one year, outstanding production in another, eventually traded for a late 4th
(5th, 156th) CB Tony Lippett: a convert from WR, in 2016 he had developed into a talented backup boundary corner with room to grow. After recovering from a ruptured Achilles this year, he can push Tankersley and Howard for a starting spot next season.

(1st, 13th) OT Laremy Tunsil: after a sputtering year at LG, the transition back to LT hasn't gone smoothly; however, his latter half play trended in the right direction and with three years remaining under contract, Tunsil will remain the LT for the forseeable future.
(2nd, 38th) CB Xavien Howard: lingering injuries during his rookie campaign slowed his development, but Lippett and Maxwell held down the fort while Howard improved to a starter-worthy boundary CB.
(3rd, 73rd) RB Kenyan Drake: similar career-arc to Ajayi; a backup his rookie year, with a strong showing in his sophomore season.
(3rd, 86th) WR Leontee Carroo: using multiple picks to trade up for Carroo, he seems to be the clearest misuse of draft capital in these three years. In his third year, he has managed 7 receptions on 145 offensive snaps.
(6th, 186th) WR Jakeem Grant: has at least one explosive TD in each of his two seasons in a deep WR room.
(6th, 204th) DB Jordan Lucas: 243 special teams snaps in two seasons. Bottom-roster guy but valuable enough to keep on the team.
(7th, 223rd) QB Brandon Doughty: Two years on the practice squad. Apparently he's even worse than Moore and Cutler?
(7th, 231st) TE Thomas Duarte: Almost exclusively on the practice squad.

(1st, 22nd) DE Charles Harris: 2 sacks on 500 snaps. He's being brought along slowly, which is reasonable when you have Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, Williams Hayes ahead of you most of the year.
(2nd, 54th) LB Raekwon McMillan: was in pole-position for the MLB job before tearing his ACL.
(3rd, 97th) CB Cordrea Tankersley: yet another DB drafted in Miami who is trending in the right direction after 578 snaps on defense.
(5th, 164th) OG Isaac Asiata: inactive all year; the emergence of OG Jesse Davis and OT Eric Smith have helped alleviate Asiata being a non-factor
(5th, 178th) DT Davon Godchaux: has played more snaps than Phillips this season, giving Miami a deep rotation of three quality tackles.
(6th, 194th) DT Vincent Taylor: managed 185 defensive snaps with an occasional flash; all things considered a good piece to have on your roster.
(7th, 237th) WR Isaiah Ford: IR'd early in the year


Overall and with the obvious caveat that only so much time has passed... you have to consider the above results to be on the better side of average, no? Only one pick who is no longer on the team, multiple mid-round starters / contributors... sure there were a couple shaky trades (Carroo), and Tunsil / DvP haven't been rock-solid first rounders so far.. but looking at Miami's draft history, as fans we should be overall pleased with *draft* results thus far. Free agency may well be another story and one I will examine in the future.

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I hated the Tannenbaum hire.  Although I will concede that he has done better here than I anticipated, but not saying he’s been great.

I would be a lot happier if our first round pick this upcoming draft makes the pro bowl or is in discussion for rookie of the year or gets some type of acclaim for his rookie performance.

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