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

Draft Picks

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.