The Miami Dolphins hold the 97th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, a supplemental pick in the third round.
In an ideal situation, the Dolphins would add one defensive end, one linebacker and one guard, cornerback, safety, defensive tackle or center with their first three picks.
In 2013, the Dolphins traded up for the 93rd overall pick in the third round and selected Will Davis, a defensive back from Utah State. Davis played 15 games over two Miami seasons, with no starts and has been a Ravens reserve.
With a fourth-round pick obtained in that trade, the Packers selected offensive tackle David Bakhtiari of Colorado, who is now a Pro Bowler.
In 2012, with the 97th overall pick in the fourth round, the Dolphins selected Lamar Miller, a running back from Miami. Miller was an excellent pick, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and topping 1,000 yards in 2014.
The Dolphins let Miller go in free agency prior to the 2016 season and thus were awarded a compensatory pick in this year’s draft.
The Dolphins haven’t historically had too many picks in the 90’s in the NFL Draft. But in 1971, Miami made an interesting selection with the 99th overall pick in the fourth round:
Quarterback Joe Theismann of Notre Dame.
The Dolphins failed to sign Theismann and he instead went to Canada to play for the Toronto Argonauts. In 1974, Miami dealt Theismann’s rights to the Redskins for a first-round choice (linebacker Larry Gordon, a six-year Miami starter).
There is a cool story from the New York Times in 1983 about Theismann and Miami and Toronto.
The Dolphins traded up into the third round to draft wide receiver Leonte Carroo of Rutgers last season. Carroo has potential, but he had only three catches in 14 games as a rookie.
Here are 10 excellent possible draft choices for the Dolphins with their supplemental pick at the end of the third round, choosing among players ranked only 90-100 overall by ESPN, Bleacher Report and CBS.
- Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
- Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
- Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
- Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
- Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
- Montravious Adams, DT, Auburn
- Tarrell Basham, DE, Ohio
- Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
- Damontee Kazee , CB, San Diego State
- Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
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