The Miami Dolphins have completed the 2020 Draft. After three days of draft picks, the rookie class is set. Sure, there will be the UDFA signings, and there are always diamonds in the rough there. But at the end of day three, most teams look about how they’re going to when training camp arrives. The final recap of how Miami has changed throughout this process will come later, but for now, let’s just look at the picks from day 3.
Round 4: Solomon Kindley
The Miami Dolphins took Solomon Kindley (Guard) at 111th overall, the fifth pick of the fourth round. The Georgia alum lost time last year with a leg injury but was a great presence on the line. Scouts describe him as incredibly aggressive and scrappy, and he apparently takes joy in fighting in the trenches.
He struggles a bit when asked to finesse block, but as a stationary blocker he turns into a human mountain. He can also power block very well, and should be a fantastic addition as a pass blocker. His technique is a bit rough, continuing the trend of Miami taking talented, aggressive players who need some coaching.
Round 5: Jason Strowbridge and Curtis Weaver
In round 5 the Miami Dolphins went back to the defense, targeting improvements to the front seven. Jason Strowbridge (DE) and Curtis Weaver (EDGE) were taken 154th and 164th overall, respectively. Strowbridge will be an excellent rotational lineman while his technique and fundamentals are tweaked. Not a noteworthy pass rusher, he has quality run stuffing skills and, as has been the case so far, has the potential to be a relentless, quality defender with some coaching.
Curtis Weaver is unequivocally a late round gem. Most of his knocks are based on his build and struggles against the run, but as an outside pass rusher he absolutely shines. His production at the college level was prodigious, producing 47.5 tackles for loss and 34 sacks in his three years at Boise State. In some ways he marks a departure from the apparent strategy Miami has taken for this draft, as an smaller, less disciplined player who possesses phenomenal technique and an instinctive understanding of how to play his position. He might not ever be a true dominant talent at the edge position, but has a high floor as a reliable pass rushing force to be reckoned with.
Round 6: Blake Ferguson
Well… when you have 14 picks, I suppose it’s hard not to start feeling like you can do whatever you want. I’m absolutely certain that there will be articles written mocking the Miami Dolphins for taking a Long Snapper in the sixth round. They won’t even necessarily be wrong.
Frankly, it’s not a highly effective use of resources. But. But. Blake Ferguson has long snapper pedigree; his brother Reid preceded him for four years as the long snapper at LSU, before going to the Buffalo Bills.
Blake is considered a leader and checks all the boxes for the culture that Miami is trying to build. And… well. He’s a long snapper. That’s all he does. But Miami has had an excellent Special Teams presence over the last few years, and when you can’t blame Miami for locking down a key special teams position when they have the picks to spend. It’s not pretty, by any means, or sexy. With 14 (15 after trading down) picks in the draft, it’s fair to presume you can afford one of these.
Round 7: Malcolm Perry
Be forewarned, reader; I may wax lyrical about Malcolm Perry, wide reciever from the Naval Academy.
A seventh round pick usually doesn’t warrant more than a casual paragraph about potential and drawbacks. But, something about Perry is absolutely fascinating. His build and hands resemble Julian Edelman. His skillset and flexibility resembles Taysom Hill.
The quarterback turned wide receiver and sometimes a runner can do it all. He’s 5’9″ and 186lbs but rumbles into contact like a much bigger player. When he graduated high school, he supposedly received no college offers, but got offers from three of the US Military academies. Maybe because both parents were career military, but he certainly made the most of his time there.
Did I mention that he had the most 10+ yard carries in the country, according to Pro Football Focus?
When his NFL career ends, Perry will go on to serve in the Navy as an officer. It’s a weird, quirky situation and a certainly weird, quirky pick, but it’s impossible not to be absolutely fascinated by the player and what he could do at the pro level.
In a way, Malcolm Perry serves as the perfect conclusion to the Miami Dolphins draft. It’s one full of hope and potential. One with a clear, focused vision, but also risky.
Like Malcolm Perry, it’s fascinating, hard to immediately judge, and a little bit different. Much will be said in the coming weeks about the risks Miami took on this draft. They obviously went into things as an organization understanding that risks were being taken.
The players they took are full of promise and potential. But similarly, they come with questions. Most of them are raw talents at their positions, physical and tough, but rough around the edges. Miami swung for the fences in the 2020 draft. Hopefully, this will be remembered as a home run.