The Miami Dolphins have two fourth-round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and neither started out as their own.
The Dolphins obtained the 23rd pick (123rd overall) from the Cleveland Browns in the Jarvis Landry deal.
And Miami obtained the 31st pick (132st overall) from the Philadelphia Eagles in the Jay Ajayi deal.
So — all Miami has to do is pick a Pro Bowl running back and Pro Bowl receiver in the fourth round and we’ll all be copacetic.
The Dolphins actually dealt their original fourth-round pick (111th overall) to the Los Angeles Rams for Robert Quinn.
That was a good trade. We kid not.
Let’s look at some of the players who have gone 123rd and 132nd overall in recent NFL drafts.
Last season, it was safety Montae Nicholson of Michigan State to the Redskins (6 NFL starts) and running back Donnel Pumphery of San Diego State to the Eagles (missed the season on injured reserve).
Other recent picks at 123: offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (Steelers, 1 start); receiver Vince Mayle (Browns, 0 starts), receiver Kevin Norwood (Seahawks, 2 starts) and Brandon Boykin (Eagles, 7 starts).
Other recent picks at 132: defensive tackle Willie Henry (Ravens, 3 starts); receiver DeAndre Smelter (49ers, 0 starts), linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (Seahawks, 1 start) and defensive end Devin Taylor (Lions, 18 starts).
OK, so there are no future Hall of Famers in the group.
But Dolphins fans, have faith. And consider that Miami has found these players in the fourth and fifth rounds in recent years: Ajayi, Bobby McCain, Tony Lippett, Walt Aikens, Dion Sims, Lamar Miller, Reshad Jones.
Not bad at all, actually.
So, who are some players projected to be in Miami’s area in the fourth round of this year’s draft? Glad you asked.
Let’s rank for the Miami Dolphins, the 10 best fits among players ranked between 120-135 by ESPN:
- Chris Herndon, Miami TE — Explosive target with upside
- Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech G — Converted defensive lineman
- Jordan Akins, UCF TE — Athletic former pro baseball player
- Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State CB — 5-star recruit from American Heritage
- R.J. McIntosh, Miami DT — Can play DT or DE
- Justin Jones, NC State, DT — Rotational interior lineman
- Folorunso Fatukasi, UConn DT — Raw, versatile, high ceiling
- Marcus Allen, Penn State S — Physical and aggressive
- Obo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma LB/DE — Aggressive edge rusher
- Will Richardson, NC State, OT — Developmental right tackle