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MIAMI – While most NFL teams will spend Thursday night figuring out which elite prospect they want to take a chance on in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas (20.00 ET, ABC / ESPN / ESPN app) , Miami Dolphins and general manager Chris Grier are likely to see the highlights from the recipient Tyreek Hill somewhere inside the Baptist Health Training Complex.
At least that’s what Grier grinningly said he would do after swapping Miami’s first-round, second-round and fourth-round pick for Hill back in March. The Dolphins now have the smallest draft capital in the league with just four picks: No. 102 (third round), No. 125 (fourth), No. 224 (seventh) and No. 247 (seventh).
Despite having so few choices, Grier said he and his staff have not changed anything in their preparation.
“You never know when opportunities to do something will arise,” he said. “If you have not done your job just because you first choose 102, it can end up hurting you when you do not have all the information if those opportunities arise. So for us, we had guys who were out at all professionals. days.Coaches were out.Coaches did private training.
“So for us, it’s been full steam ahead. The staff has done a fantastic job, and the coaching staff – Mike (McDaniel) and the coaching staff – these guys enjoyed coming out and meeting players, bringing them in, so the private training stuff has been exciting. . “
Miami has completely renewed its off-season offense, adding Hill and tackling Terron Armstead to tackle its two biggest holes. The Dolphins also added receiver Cedrick Wilson, offensive lineman Connor Williams and running backs Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds to further complement the system McDaniel wants to run in his first year.
After strengthening their roster with some great additions this offseason, they are in the enviable position of being able to take the best player available this weekend. Still, the Dolphins have areas where they can improve – namely inside linebacker and inside offensive line.
ESPN draft analyst Jordan Reid said the decision to swap their first two picks for Hill was an easy one – especially as there should be opportunities to meet the remaining needs on Day 3 of the draft (rounds 4-7).
“I [would] look for targeting a center [at No. 102]”said Reid.” I just think getting some competition [for] Michael Deiter … would be really, really smart for them. “I’m not sure if Deiter will be the athlete they need in that midfield.”
Reid specifically mentioned Dylan Parham of Memphis and Cole Strange of Chattanooga as potential opportunities for the Dolphins at No. 102.
Parham is a converted tight end who started all four years for Memphis with tackling and guard and fits McDaniel’s zone blocking plan.
“He’s someone who fits really, really well in terms of what they want to do from a zoning plan or a broad zoning scheme perspective,” Reid said. “He’s a really athletic type … also very powerful.”
Strange is expected to be more of a pick in the fourth round, though he would not be a No. 102 stretch, Reid said. He is a guard who is a projected center in the NFL and caught Reid’s attention at the Senior Bowl this year.
Either way, it’s likely Miami is going offensive with at least one of its four picks given how Grier is doing with this year’s class.
“I think there is some talent all the way through from the tackles, the guards, the centers, all the way in through [middle] rounds, “he said.” I think you can find some good quality players. Everyone is always looking for the pass rushers. I think there are some high-level rushers in this draft, and then at the end of the day, there will be some projection. Guys who have some benefits to work with.
“So I want to say … offensive line to me, I think is the one really strong position in this draft.”
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Reid mentioned linebackers Brandon Smith (Penn State) and Brian Asamoah (Oklahoma) as potential options in the fourth round.
Smith has large size (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) and abilities, but needs to improve his processing skills. That’s what Reid said is preventing him from being elected in the first or second round.
Asamoah is a strong tackler and athlete, whom Reid called a “wrecking ball”, but is somewhat undersized (6-0, 226 pounds) for the position.
In addition to these needs, Reid said he would not be surprised if the Dolphins add a physical runner to complement their group of speedsters, such as Georgia’s Zamir White or Alabama’s Brian Robinson Jr.