In Thursday’s first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins made arguably the biggest splash of the evening, selecting tackle Laremy Tunsil with the 13th pick overall.
While many have lauded the Fins’ boldness in adding the Ole Miss star — who came under fire after a photo of him smoking out of a bong surfaced just before the draft — others, like ESPN commentator Jon Gruden, have voiced their concern.
It appears that the Miami Dolphins have already selected a replacement for fired general manager Dennis Hickey.
Chris Grier, who has been with the franchise for 15 seasons — the last eight as the team’s director of college scouting — is expected to be named the Fins’ new GM. The Palm Beach Post has been told Grier is expected to be hired, but not until Monday.
WalterFootball.com, a site well-known for NFL Draft profiles and information, calls Grier one of the top talent evaluators in the NFL. Many, including those who write for WalterFootball.com, believe that Grier should’ve been promoted to the general manager position when Jeff Ireland was fired.
Offense QB: Chad Pennington, Team MVP on playoff team in ’08 RB: Ricky Williams, 1,853 yards in 2002 RB: Ronnie Brown, Three times 900-plus yards WR: Chris Chambers, Four times over 800 yards WR: Marty Booker, Weak field; his 747 yards in ’06 makes cut TE: Randy McMichael, Four straight years with 500-plus yards OT: Vernon Carey, No. 1 draft pick from UM in ’04 OT: Jake Long, First overall selection in ’08 C: Tim Ruddy, Still a stallwart on OL G: Jamie Nails, Starter in ’02-03 at position of upheaval G: Mark Dixon, Solid, dependable blocker
Defense DE: Jason Taylor, 2006 NFL defensive player of year DE: Trace Armstrong, Designated sack specialist off bench DT: Tim Bowens, Occupied linemen to clear way for Zach DT: Randy Starks, If he and Bowens had overlapped … LB: Zach Thomas, Buoniconti to Offerdahl to Thomas. Not bad. LB: Channing Crowder, Active, disruptive force at LB LB: Derrick Rodgers, Consistent performer after Air Force stint CB: Sam Madison, Finally, Dolphins land a Pro Bowl CB CB: Patrick Surtain, He, Madison team’s best-ever CB tandem S: Brock Marion, Consistently came up with the big play S: Yeremiah Bell, Big hitter in the secondary
Specialists K: Dan Carpenter, Dolfans wish he were still around P: Brandon Fields, Dolfans wish he were still around, too