How will the Miami Dolphins' most recent draft picks fit in with the team?
Perfectly, that's how.
At pick 104, Jelani Jenkins is an ideal stand-up, weak-side linebacker who can drop back in coverage or come in with a blitz. The former Florida standout is undersized but is a phenomenal athlete.
His draft stock took a hit after a few injuries sidelined him in 2011 and 2012, but he's been healthy and is ready to work his way into the Dolphins' linebacker rotation, which desperately needs depth.
He's only 6'0", but he's 243 pounds of pure muscle and is a quick-twitch athlete who can run in any direction and drops back in coverage extremely well. He would be perfect to cover a guy like Aaron Hernandez.
Jenkins is also an extremely high-character kid, which no doubt made him enticing to Joe Philbin. As a senior in high school, Jenkins was one of five national finalists for the Watkins Award, given to the “Premier African-American Male Scholar Athlete” in the country.
Then, two picks later, 106th overall, the Dolphins took Dion Sims from Michigan State. After waiting here to get a tight end, Miami gets a good value on a guy who will fit in perfectly with the rest of the offense.
Arguably the best blocking tight end in the draft, Sims is a mammoth at 6'5", 262 pounds, and he has great strength and technique as both a run and pass-blocker.
Sims will go a long way toward protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill and also leading the way for running back Lamar Miller. Furthermore, he is truly the perfect compliment to Dustin Keller.
But Sims is an underrated all-around athlete and is more nimble on his feet than one would expect. His hands are pretty good, and he could actually be a solid target in the receiving game as well.
Both of these draft picks were clearly well thought out and are great values at their respective draft spots in the fourth round.
A+ job by Jeff Ireland so far on Day 3 of the draft. More updates to follow after Miami's remaining picks.
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