Grading Miami Dolphins drafts under Adam Gase, Chris Grier, Mike Tannenbaum

Minkah Fitzpatrick will look like a great pick if he’s a starter this year, and if the Dolphins can figure out a good role for T.J. McDonald. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins have had three runs through the NFL Draft with Adam Gase, Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier in charge, and it’s already reasonably clear they’ve got some hits and misses.

Of the 20 players those three have selected, led by Grier as the team’s draft czar, eight have a good shot at being in the starting lineup this season. That includes this year’s No. 11 pick, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who will have to beat out T.J. McDonald for a spot.

Whether that’s good or bad depends on how those players play. Seeing the draft picks materialize into starters isn’t inherently a positive unless those guys help the Dolphins win.

They’ve selected 10 in the first three rounds, highlighted by top picks Fitzpatrick, defensive end Charles Harris and left tackle Laremy Tunsil. Harris and Tunsil are off to promising starts, though both are under pressure to show big improvement this season.

Tunsil began at left guard because the team had Branden Albert, then shifted into his natural position last season. He was up and down, and inconsistency at left tackle can unravel the whole offense. With 29 career starts and a full season of playing left tackle in the NFL behind him, this is the year for Tunsil to prove he was worth the No. 13 pick.

Harris seemed like a pick for the future when Miami, coming off a 10-6 playoff season, chose him No. 22 overall a year ago.

He was obviously going to sit behind Cameron Wake and Andre Branch as a rookie, and his prospects for playing in the upcoming season aren’t much better given that Wake is still a force and the team traded for Robert Quinn. It also won’t be easy to beat out Branch, whose 2017 dropoff was attributable largely to injury trouble.

Harris played every game last year and graded out well internally, but managed just two sacks despite being on the field for almost 500 snaps.

Xavien Howard (second round, 2016) and Cordrea Tankersley (third, 2017) are viable starters at cornerback and could be an excellent tandem for Miami if play at the top end of what they’ve shown so far.

Raekwon McMillan, the second-round pick last year, earned the starting middle linebacker job last summer before tearing his ACL in the first preseason game. He’ll resume that spot this season, and the Dolphins are already counting on him to anchor their defense.

Then there’s Kenyan Drake, who already looks like a jackpot find by Grier at pick No. 73 overall in the third round in 2016. Drake, an Alabama product who is one of 17 Miami picks from Power 5 schools, could prove to be the team’s biggest value of draftee in this three-year span.

He’s got the opportunity this year to become the focal point of the offense, and there’s good cause to be optimistic. He led the NFL in rushing over the final five games of last season with 444 (88.8 per game and 4.9 per carry), plus two touchdowns and 150 yards receiving.

The Dolphins are hoping current fourth-rounder Kalen Ballage will develop into a similar threat and form a dynamic long-term backfield with Drake.

This year’s Day 2 picks, tight end Mike Gesicki out of the second round and linebacker Jerome Baker from the third, are also expected to vie for starting role. Gesicki already is the clear favorite to take over at tight end, where the roster is light on proven production.

The only big letdown for Miami out of players chosen in the first three rounds is receiver Leonte Carroo, who goes into his third season with 10 catches, 98 yards and one touchdown in 28 games. That’s not exactly “a much faster Anquan Boldin,” as he described himself on draft day in 2016.

If Carroo was a draft error by the Dolphins, it’s compounded by the fact that they packaged three picks in a deal with Minnesota to be able to take him. He has two years left on his rookie contract, and the Dolphins can afford to be patient since his salary cap hit is under $1 million both seasons.

Of their Day 3 picks, the biggest hit by far out of the 2016 and ’17 classes was LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux. He might be the best at his position on this team now that Ndamukong Suh is gone.

Jakeem Grant (sixth round, 2016) has also been a good find, particularly in the return game, and the team might have its new kicker in recent seventh-rounder Jason Sanders.

The only one of the 20 draft picks that’s no longer on the team is 2016 seventh-rounder Brandon Doughty, who was unable to break onto the depth chart at quarterback and was granted his release last month.

Free agency has monumental implications, and certainly Gase is responsible to work with the roster holdovers from the previous regime, but smart drafting is the route to competing regularly. If the Dolphins can keep finding two or three quality starters in every draft, they’ll keep getting better.

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2018 NFL free agents: Miami Dolphins to sign WR Albert Wilson

Albert Wilson will join the Dolphins as their new slot receiver. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins have reached an agreement with former Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson, a source confirmed, and he comes aboard as Jarvis Landry’s apparent replacement. NFL Network reported the deal is worth $24 million over three years.

Wilson, 25, is a former Port St. Lucie High School quarterback who played out of the slot for Kansas City the last four seasons and put up a career year in 2017. He 42 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns.

That’s about half the damage Landry did last season with a league-high 112 catches, 987 yards and three touchdowns, but Wilson comes at about half the price. Landry, who is being traded to Cleveland, is set to play for almost $16 million on the franchise tag this season.

Nonetheless, this is a monumental contract for Wilson after making roughly $3.3 million over his first four years.

Wilson, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, became a favorite in the Chiefs organization after making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the same year Landry was a second-round pick.

After an incredible run as Port St. Lucie’s quarterback from 2007 through ’10, he had an outstanding career at Georgia State. As a senior, he piled up 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns, which earned him the first invitation to the NFL Combine in the program’s history.

Pro Football Focus ranked him the 33rd-best receiver in the league last season. The Chiefs raved about how he progressed in four years, but seemed resigned to losing him in free agency.

“Albert has done a great job,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the NFL Combine. “He has worked hard in the offseason, got his weight down.

“You saw that last game in Denver, he kind of took off. He is a very tough player. He does everything from the slot to the outside, he can block, and he can return if you need him to. He is a very valuable commodity for us and certainly has done a lot for us the last few years.”

In the Chiefs’ regular-season finale against the Broncos, Wilson had 147 yards on 10 catches, both career-highs.

Any free agent agreements are unofficial during the league’s legal tampering period, which ends Wednesday at 4 p.m. At that point, players are free to sign. That’s also when many of the reported cuts and trades will be finalized.

The Dolphins’ current options at slot receiver are Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo and Rashawn Scott, as well as some practice squad players they’ve been trying to develop. Wilson is easily the most proven player of the group.

Grant is the biggest threat to Wilson out of that group after showing encouraging signs late last season. He had 42 yards and a touchdown in the Monday Night win over New England and a career-high 107 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City in December.

Wilson joins incumbent starters Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, both of whom play mainly on the outside. Stills had 58 catchehs for 847 yards and six touchdowns last season, and Parker struggled through injuries to catch 57 passes for 670 yards and a touchdown.

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With DeVante Parker hurt, all eyes on Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo

Leonte Carroo could be in the starting lineup Sunday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—This time, he’s done everything right.

Leonte Carroo has outgrown his immature after essentially wasting his rookie season with the Dolphins and came into this year dedicated to changing his approach. He’s no longer bothered by the fact that he’s stuck on the bench behind three top-line receivers in Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. His mindset has been to train relentlessly and keep himself ready regardless of how minimal the chance of getting snaps is.

His day might finally be here. With Parker looking highly unlikely to play against the Falcons on Sunday because of an ankle injury, the Dolphins will likely turn to Carroo.

“My opportunity’s finally here, and I’ve gotta make the best of it,” he said. “I’ve gotta go out there and execute and play hard and do whatever’s asked.

“I’m just trusting the process. You never know what could happen, and then there’s an opportunity like this. You’ve gotta make the best of the opportunity. You know where taking advantage of that could lead you.”

The Dolphins though highly enough to trade up so they could take him in the third round last year, but he struggled to catch on. Carroo had three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown last year and was inactive the final two regular-season games and Miami’s playoff game.

He admitted in the offseason he got discouraged by the lack of playing time and allowed it to dampen his effort.

“This year I’m a lot smarter football player,” he said. “I know the offense a lot better, so I’m able to play all three spots if needed. Last year I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t process handling three. This year I can. Wherever coaches need me to play, my opportunity’s finally here.”

The Dolphins went mainly with Jakeem Grant in Parker’s spot last week, playing him 33 snaps. Carroo played four. Adam Gase said he regretted not giving him more time.

This week, Grant and Carroo have been getting a lot more reps in practice with Parker out. That’s given Carroo a lot of time to work with Jay Cutler and establish some cohesion.

“Me and him have been connecting a couple times this week,” Carroo said. “I’m very comfortable with him, and he’s very comfortable with me and how I run my routes. We’ve just gotta go out there and make plays now.”

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Fact or Fiction: Which Dolphins’ assertions have proven correct?

We’ve listened to them all offseason. Were the Dolphins right about themselves? (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

PHILADELPHIA–The offseason is a time for hope and promises, and this is the time of year we get our first shot at seeing which of those come true.

The Dolphins are done with training camp and moving toward what many consider the most important preseason game, No. 3, at Philadelphia on Thursday. With about three weeks remaining until the season opener, here’s a look at six offseason hopes and how valid they’ve proven:

The much-maligned defense has been revamped after last year’s nightmare.
Fact.
The Dolphins had the worst run defense season in franchise history last year, allowing 2,247 yards (140.4 per game), and finished 29th in the league in total defense. They’ve upgraded the personnel this season, especially before losing second-round pick Raekwon McMillan. Even without him, Miami’s defensive line should be better with the additions of Davon Godchaux, Charles Harris and William Hayes. The secondary is better with Reshad Jones and (eventually) T.J. McDonald, both of whom are strong against the run.

Jakeem Grant will be part of the offense.
Fact.
The idea of working Grant into the offense always sounded a little far-fetched considering the Dolphins’ talent ahead of him in Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, plus his responsibilities as a return man. Still, Miami’s too deep into the preseason to toy with things that are pipe dreams. Grant continues to get work inside and outside as a receiver, and coach Adam Gase spent serious time in the offseason devising ways to use him.

The tight end void has been filled.
Fiction.
The belief in Julius Thomas hinges on the belief in Gase. The Dolphins picked him up for a seventh-round pick in large part because he played for him in Denver, and Gase has been adamant that Thomas’ quiet start to training camp is a non-concern. Tight end was a weak spot for Miami in the passing game last season, and even if Thomas comes around there’s not a dynamic receiver behind him at the position.

This is Parker’s breakthrough year.
Fact.
The biggest reason to believe the DeVante Parker hype is that he’s been healthy all offseason. The word around the team is that Parker has cleaned up some lifestyle habits (like diet, sleep and hydration, as well as pre- and post-workout treatment), and it’s paying off already. Beyond that, he’s benefited mentally from two years with Landry and Stills and has a quarterback in Jay Cutler who seems bent on targeting him.

Jordan Phillips is turning it around.
Fiction.
Phillips turned one of his offseason press conferences into something of a confessional, taking ownership of his inconsistency and promising to change. One of those goals was to drop from 336 to 320 pounds, and he’s still listed at 333. More importantly, his work in practice hasn’t been good enough to overtake Godchaux, a rookie fifth-round pick. He said he’d submitted himself to the tutelage of Ndamukong Suh, but that hasn’t been evident yet. At one point it looked like perhaps the staff was trying to motivate Phillips by playing Godchaux ahead of him, but that’s lasted long enough that it now seems like Godchaux is Plan A going forward.

Leonte Carroo is ready to live up to his draft status.
Fact.
Prior to a recent hamstring flare-up, Carroo’s been the real deal. He dropped about 10 pounds in the offseason and humbled himself after somewhat wasting his rookie season because he was frustrated about a lack of playing time. “I just do the opposite of what I pretty much did last year,” he said a week ago. Sick of underachieving, particularly after Miami traded up to take him in the third round, he committed to improving regardless of the limited opportunities before him. If one of the big three receivers goes down, he’ll be ready. If not, he’s still earned long- and short-term credibility with Gase.

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5 Miami Dolphins under intense scrutiny vs. Baltimore Ravens

Leonte Carroo has proven quite a bit this offseason, but needs to keep going. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

All eyes will be on quarterback Jay Cutler as he makes his Dolphins debut in tonight’s preseason game against the Ravens. Miami’s got a lot more going on besides that, though.

The Dolphins are moving into the segment of the preseason where the depth chart begins to solidify, and most teams try to have their starting 22 in place for the third preseason game, which is next week in Philadelphia.

With that in mind, here are five players to watch closely tonight:

WR Leonte Carroo
Many unproven players talk about making changes in the offseason, but Carroo is backing it up. He’s looked excellent in training camp practices and had a nice 33-yard touchdown catch against the Falcons. Carroo is pressing for a role in the offense and he needs to keep his momentum going.

DT Davon Godchaux
This name didn’t come up in many conversations about which Dolphins rookie would be the first to earn a starting job. Godchaux’s at the front of the line now. It didn’t take long for him to supplant Jordan Phillips as a first-string defensive tackle, and now it’s his job to lose. He’s one strong week away from cementing himself for opening day.

TE Julius Thomas
The high hopes of Julius Thomas turning his career around have tapered off slightly over the past few weeks. There hasn’t been much evidence of that yet in training camp, and now he’s dealing with a back issue. This is a particularly important night for him with Cutler stepping into the starting job.

CB Alterraun Verner
The Dolphins think they stole one here. Verner was a castoff by Tampa Bay and went unsigned deep into the summer before Miami scooped him up. He’s looked more than viable thus far. “For him to just jump in here and start competing the way he’s competed has been very impressive,” coach Adam Gase said. “I guess I didn’t really know how good outside he was until I had really seen him out here. He really has impressed me.”

LB Mike Hull
Meet the Dolphins’ new starting linebacker. He’s 6-foot, 232 pounds (the team’s smallest at his position), he went undrafted a year ago and his nickname is Scrap. Hull began earning this opportunity last year, when he impressed the coaching staff enough to get a start late in the season. He’s in position to secure an opening day spot if he keeps playing well.

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Four young Miami Dolphins turn opening win into Evening at the Improv

Leonte Carroo catches a 33-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Doughty. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Time after time this offseason, Dolphins players and coaches have talked about a certain comfort level they have in Adam Gase’s system now that they’re in Year 2. They say that instead of trying to grasp an entire playbook cold, they’re now focusing on details — a process that can sound obscure until something like the preseason opener rolls around, and it all makes sense.

While Dolphins fans bemoan their latest bit of miserable luck with injuries, they need reminding that not all the breaks are going against Miami. In fact, two of the most memorable plays of the 23-20 victory over Atlanta required young players to improvise.

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The fact that both plays resulted in touchdowns has to be one of the most satisfying takeaways for Gase.

First, there’s the 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Brandon Doughty to Leonte Carroo, two players who created a buzz last summer only to disappear once the real games began.

Carroo sped down the right sideline stride for stride with second-year corner C.J. Goodwin. Carroo seemed best poised to accept an outside-shoulder throw, but when Doughty targeted Carroo’s inside shoulder, Carroo neatly gave Goodwin an excuse-me move to establish inside position and make the grab. That was huge. Goodwin is a 6-foot-3 corner, and the fact Carroo could beat him physically is exactly what the Dolphins have been looking for.

Moreover, see what Gase said about it: “It was a great play by him and I love the fact that Brandon gave him a shot. That wasn’t really what the play was meant for, but he made a good adjustment and made a great play.”

Receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow had plenty to celebrate after his 99-yard reception gave the Dolphins a 23-20 victory over Atlanta. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Carroo: “Just make a play. Things were kind of rolling slow on the offense at the time and I just wanted to go up and make a play and kind of give us a spark and energy. … In college, I was known as a playmaker, so those are some abilities that I have and I can go up and make catches like that.”

Doughty’s trust in Carroo was key.

“I just tried to give him a chance at it,” Doughty said. “I tried to make him or nobody was going to catch it so give him a shot at the ball.”

By midway through the fourth quarter, the cast had changed. This time, it was third-year QB David Fales targeting Damore’ea Stringfellow, an undrafted rookie from Ole Miss with a name as long as his (6-2, 222) reach.

The Dolphins were pinned on their 1-yard line, trailing 20-16. Stringfellow, operating on the left sideline against a two-deep zone, quickly shed the corner, who received no help from his safety. After catching the ball at the Miami 30, Stringfellow easily went the distance for the rarest of NFL home runs.

“I was trying to call something else,” Gase said. “I was trying to call a shorter pass and David was just like, ‘Give him a go route. I’ll just throw it up to him.’ So it was a good call by him.”

The Falcons couldn’t stop Carroo. They couldn’t stop Stringfellow. Heck, even Stringfellow couldn’t stop Stringfellow. He ended his TD romp halfway in the end zone seats. Call it a Hard Rock Hop.

“I really was trying to stop but I couldn’t so I just jumped into the bleachers,” he said.

That’s not how they draw it up at Lambeau. But in Miami, they’ll take it.

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Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo’s touchdown catch shows glimpse of potential

Leonte Carroo caught a 33-yard touchdown pass. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS—Not everything that happens in a preseason game is meaningless. The Dolphins certainly don’t disregard Leonte Carroo’s 33-yard touchdown pass in tonight’s game against Atlanta.

Carroo’s catch in the second quarter was further evidence that he’s turning things around in his second year with Miami. After his rookie season got so off track that the team designated him inactive for the last couple games, he devoted himself to a turnaround.

“I was very capable of making those plays last year, but with the hard work that I put in this offseason, my body feels better,” he said. “I feel faster, I feel stronger, so it made the play a lot easier for me.”

There’s also a different mentality. The biggest problem for Carroo was the depth chart, and he’s stopped caring about it.

Carroo was deterred in part by the fact that more accomplished receivers Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker left him with barely any opportunity for a role in the offense.

“You grow up a lot,” he said of his reaction to that frustrating rookie year. “You look yourself in the mirror and go back to doing the little things right and you work harder and just do all the little things you didn’t do before so you can become the great player you know you can be.

“I Just do the opposite of what I pretty much did last year: Don’t think about the what ifs. Think about how when your number’s called, you gotta be there. There was a couple opportunities last year where Kenny went down and DeVante went down, and those were my chances to show the coaches what I could do and I didn’t do that. This year, I know I have three great receivers in front of me and I’m learning from them every single day, but I want to make sure I make enough plays this preseason so my coaches feel like there’s no dropoff from those guys to me, and maybe I can sneak my way into the Big Three and we could be the Big Four and I just go out there and make plays with those guys.”

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What has Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo learned from ‘humbling experience’ as rookie?

Dolphins receiver Leonte Carroo runs away from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward on his way to scoring the winning touchdown. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins receiver Leonte Carroo runs away from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward on his way to scoring the winning touchdown. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2017.)

WR Leonte Carroo

Height, weight: 6-1, 217

College: Rutgers

Age: 23

Experience: Entering second season, both with Dolphins

Acquired: Third-round pick in 2016

Contract: Made $625,097 in 2016; due to make $735,097 in 2017

Pro Football Focus rank: Unranked

In 2016

Stats: 14 games played, two starts, three receptions, 29 yards, 1 TD

Notable moments: Caught 15-yard touchdown pass against 49ers.

Straight talk: Few if any Dolphins can claim to have a year as strange as the past one for Carroo.

The Dolphins had him rated as the No. 2 receiver at last year’s draft, so when he was available in the third round, they snagged him by trading up, parting with three picks including a third-rounder. And if you go by the computer — Rotoworld graded him as the third-best rookie receiving prospect — giving up so many picks possibly made sense.

It made more sense when the season started. With DeVante Parker injured, Carroo started at Seattle, had two catches for 14 yards, and earned a compliment during handshakes from All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

“He came up to me after the game and said, ‘You’re a hell of a player,’ ” Carroo said.

This is where the story takes a turn.

His totals for the remaining 16 games include more days of being inactive (three) than receptions (one). Carroo, in fact, did not suit up for any of the final three games even though fellow rookie Rashawn Scott — picked up off the street — did.

“I’m not going to say he performed poorly, but we needed him to be a little bit better,” said Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

Carroo called it “a humbling experience” and admitted there were lessons learned regarding professionalism. There was a game against the Jets in which Kenny Stills was injured. Carroo was called upon for 33 snaps but was held without a catch.

“I can honestly say I wasn’t as prepared,” Carroo said in December. “You just kind of get into a flow of the season that you just expect that you’re pretty much not going to play. That game helped me realize that I’m actually one injury away from being out there. So I started to prepare a lot better.”

Coach Adam Gase said part of the issue was that because of Carroo’s size, he saw work at multiple receiving positions and “was struggling a little bit with the volume” of information tossed his way. Gase said Carroo seemed more comfortable late in the season. Still, that wasn’t enough to get him on the field, especially once Parker regained his health.

Prospects for 2017

In this instant-gratification world, it’s tempting to jump to conclusions, but don’t forget Carroo had 29 touchdowns over three seasons at Rutgers and has a solid, 6-1 frame that can serve him well on this level.

Don’t forget that plenty of receivers require a season or two before producing.

By his own admission, some problems were self-inflicted. At one point, Carroo planned to join Jarvis Landry for some summer workouts, but their schedules did not mesh. Carroo could benefit greatly by making certain such an arrangement takes place this summer.

But the biggest reason to expect more out of Carroo this season might be the approach Gase will take. Gase said he made a mistake by having Carroo learn so many receiving positions his rookie year in case he had to fill in either inside or outside. Letting Carroo focus on just outside responsibilities in Year 2 might produced expected results.

Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen predicted “a big jump” in the second-year players following a year of adjustment.

“That first year is hard on everybody, but especially a rookie,” Christensen said.

 

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Adam Gase changing approach to make WR Leonte Carroo a factor

Leonte Carroo hasn’t materialized yet. (Getty Images)

PHOENIX—The Dolphins aren’t ready to rule Leonte Carroo a mistake. Not even close.

They traded three draft picks to move up and take him in the third round a year ago and the return on that in his rookie year was three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. Miami coach Adam Gase made him inactive in favor of Rashawn Scott the final three games of the regular season and playoffs.

In retrospect, Gase thinks he asked Carroo to do too much by requiring him to train as a fill-in for DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry (all 24 years old). Going forward, it sounds like Carroo will stick to working as an outside receiver.

“I think sometimes, personally, you lose track of a guy who’s your fourth or fifth receiver,” Gase said this morning. “The reason they’re in that spot is they’re behind really good players and they’re probably a little more limited as far as what you want to do. You’re always thinking they should be able to do everything because they’re backing up all three spots, and really that’s not fair to him.”

The problem for Carroo, however, is the Dolphins can like his skillset all they want but not have snaps for him. Parker is under contract through 2019, and Stills just signed a four-year deal. Unless the team is ready to let Landry, one of the most productive receivers in franchise history, walk in free agency a year from now, there will be limited opportunities for Carroo to play.

“When you have a guy who is smart, an extremely hard worker and does have a desire to be a guy that ends up starting for us at some point in his career—that’s a tough lineup to crack, but the fact that that’s his mindset, I feel like we have a great opportunity to get him better this year,” Gase said.

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2017 NFL Draft order: What picks do Miami Dolphins have?

The Dolphins got Marino at 27th overall in 1983. (Getty Images)
The Dolphins got Marino at 27th overall in 1983. (Getty Images)

Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum hinting that the team is more likely to fill holes through free agency than the draft is an overarching philosophy, but it’s also a practical approach this year.

Miami has two selections in the first two rounds, 22nd and 54th overall, and little after that. Here is the full stock of picks:
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