The Miami Dolphins started rebuilding last season when they hired head coach Joe Philbin and drafted quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first round. In their first season together the two had a decent 7-9 year, but managed to only put together a 2-4 AFC East record with their young hungry team. Here is the 2013 rookie class to add to a young and hungry Dolphins team to help them put together a winning season this year.
Miami Dolphins 2013 Rookie Class
1st Round: Dion Jordan, Defensive End
2nd Round: Jamar Taylor, Corner Back
3rd Round: Dallas Thomas, Offensive Tackle
3rd Round: Will Davis, Corner Back
4th Round: Jelani Jenkins, Outside Linebacker
4th Round: Dion Sims, Tight End
5th Round: Mike Gillislee, Running Back
5th Round: Caleb Sturgis, Kicker
7th Round: Don Jones, Strong Safety
Rookie Free Agents
Clay Belton, Quarterback
Eric Bergman, Offensive Line
Chad Bumphis, Wide Receiver
Chris Burnette, Defensive Line
Michael Clay, Linebacker
Jasper Collins, Wide Receiver
A.J. Francis, Defensive Tackle
Alonzo Highsmith, Linebacker
Keelan Johnson, Safety
Jordan Kovacs, Safety
Cameron Marshall, Running Back
Rob McCabe, Linebacker
Brandon Ogletree, Linebacker
Emeka Onyenekwu, Defensive End
Terrell Sinkfield, Wide Receiver
Taylor Stockemer, Wide Receiver
Patrick Ward, Tackle
After losing Reggie Bush to the Detroit Lions at the beginning of free agency, the Dolphins drafted Mike Gillislee to carry the load out of the backfield. During the 2012 season with the Florida Gators, Gillislee was a dual threat with 44 carries for 1,152 yards, and 10 touchdowns to go along with 16 catches for 159 yards and another touchdown.
Tight end Dion Simms should also see a considerable amount of time since Anthony Fasano is no longer with the team, and should give this offense a much needed boost to it's 26th ranked air attack from a season ago. Sims had a strong 2012 season at Michigan State with 36 catches for 475 yards, and 2 touchdowns ranking 3rd on the Spartans team in receiving.
To go along with their upgrades on the offense, the Dolphins add defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith to boost their below average defense from last season. Jordan has been considered by many Dolphins media guys as the next coming of Jason Taylor. We will see about that over the next dozen or so years.
Even though Highsmith went undrafted out of Arkansas, he should be just as dominating at linebacker as his father was at running back in the league. Bloodlines have seemed to work out well in other NFL families and there is not be any reason this father son duo to be any different.