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Mel Kiper flunks Dolphins' rookie class

1/24/2014

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. provided his postseason draft grades for every NFL team this week. He didn’t have a glowing review for the Miami Dolphins’ 2013 rookie class, which didn’t make much of an impact.

According to Kiper, Miami’s rookie class deserved a D+ for its poor output this past season. The Dolphins’ most productive rookie was fifth-round kicker Caleb Sturgis. No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan was a rotational defensive end and cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis battled through injuries and inactivity. Third-round pick Dallas Thomas also was a non-factor.

Here is a snippet from Kiper’s report:

“[Jordan] was a situational player who was on the field for about 30 percent of snaps as a rookie, during which he showed he can get to the QB. But if you're on the sideline that often, we have to take it into account because that's your coaches concealing things you can't do. After that? Well, there's not much to evaluate.”

Do you agree or disagree with Kiper’s grade?

This isn’t to say that Miami won’t get anything out of its rookie class long-term. But the immediate returns weren’t anything of significance.