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2019 NFL Draft live blog: Miami Dolphins emphasize trenches in new regime’s first Draft

Dolphins trade second round pick for Josh Rosen

Shortly after the Miami Dolphins traded for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen on Friday, April 26, 2019, General Manager Chris Grier explained his decision to Miami reporters.
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Shortly after the Miami Dolphins traded for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen on Friday, April 26, 2019, General Manager Chris Grier explained his decision to Miami reporters.

Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft is here after a wild second day for the Miami Dolphins. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds will all be held in Nashville as the Dolphins try to fill some of their remaining needs. Stay tuned here for live updates on Miami for the late rounds of the NFL Draft:

6:34 p.m.

The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books. Let’s recap what the Dolphins did:

Round 1, pick 13 (No. 13 overall): Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Round 3, pick 14 (No. 78 overall): Michael Deiter, G/C, Wisconsin

Round 5, pick 13 (No. 151 overall): Andrew Van Ginkel, OLB, Wisconsin

Round 6, pick 29 (No. 202 overall): Isaiah Prince, T, Ohio State

Round 7, pick 19 (No. 233 overall): Chandler Cox, FB, Auburn

Round 7, pick 20 (No. 234 overall): Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

5:42 p.m.

The Dolphins double up with running backs in the seventh round. First they got Auburn Tigers fullback Chandler Cox as a lead blocker. Now they’re pairing him with Washington Huskies running back Myles Gaskin to run behind him.

Miami needs some help at running back after Frank Gore signed with the Buffalo Bills. Gaskin, who ran for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, can help out running back Kenyan Drake as he tries to become the Dolphins’ workhorse.

5:40 p.m.

The Dolphins have back-to-back picks here and are spending their first on Chandler Cox, a fullback from the Auburn Tigers.

Cox was primarily used as a blocker at Auburn. He scored three touchdowns as a senior in 2018.

4:56 p.m.

Round 7 is finally here and the Dolphins still have two more picks to fill two obvious pressing needs.

After taking Ohio State Buckeyes tackle Isaiah Prince in the sixth round, Miami can turn its focus to defensive end and cornerback in the seventh round. The Dolphins will pick back-to-back with the 19th and 20th selections of the round — Nos. 233 and 234 overall.

Some of the best available defensive ends: Oregon Ducks edge rusher Jalen Jelks, Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter and Boston College Eagles defensive end Wyatt Ray. Some of the best available cornerbacks: Texas Longhorns cornerback Kris Boyd, Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Saivion Smith and Boston College cornerback Hamp Cheevers, who was a first-team All-American in the fall.

4:26 p.m.

The Dolphins have finally found their tackle. With the 29th pick of the sixth round, Miami grabbed Ohio State Buckeyes tackle Isaiah Prince.

The offensive lineman was a first-team all-Big Ten Conference selection in 2018 and started at right tackle for Ohio State. The Dolphins’ specific need is right tackle, so Prince fits the bill as the No. 202 pick of the Draft.

4:10 p.m.

The Dolphins are about five picks away and some of the best players available, according to ESPN, could help Miami.

Texas Longhorns cornerback Kris Boyd is currently the No. 1 player available and secondary is a need for the Dolphins. Oregon Ducks edge rusher Jalen Jelks is also among the five best available as Miami still searches for a starting defensive end.

Mitch Hyatt is also still on the board and among the 10 best remaining. The Clemson Tigers tackle was a first-team All-American in 2018. The Dolphins need to find a new starting right tackle.

3:21 p.m.

There are still a few obvious needs left for the Dolphins as they get ready to pick again in about 20 spots. Although Michael Deiter helps on the offensive line, Miami still needs a true tackle. Although Christian Wilkins and Andrew Van Ginkel bolster their front seven, the Dolphins still need a true defensive end.

Miami’s best tackle option at this point is probably Mitch Hyatt, who was a first-team All-American for the Clemson Tigers last season and continues to slide deep into the third day of the NFL Draft. The best remaining defensive end, according to ESPN, is Oregon Ducks edge rusher Jalen Jelks. If the Dolphins want to address their deficiencies in the secondary, Boston College cornerback Hamp Cheevers, an All-American, is still available heading into the sixth round.

2:23 p.m.

The Dolphins’ first pick of the third day of the NFL Draft is in and Miami is sticking with the Wisconsin Badgers. The Dolphins spent their fifth-round pick — No. 151 overall — on Andrew Van Ginkel, an outside linebacker from Wisconsin.

Van Ginkel is the second Badger the Dolphins have taken this year. Miami also took Wisconsin interior lineman Michael Deiter in the second round Friday.

Van Ginkel was a solid pass rusher for the Badgers in 2018, logging 5 1/2 sacks and 9 1/2 tackles for loss.

1:24 p.m.

The Dolphins are fewer than 20 picks away from selecting for the first time Saturday. Plenty of quality offensive linemen are still available, including Clemson Tigers tackle Mitch Hyatt, Ohio State Buckeyes interior lineman Michael Jordan, Wisconsin Badgers interior lineman Ben Benzschawel and Georgia Bulldogs center Lamont Gaillard.

The pick Miami sent to the New Orleans Saints as part of one of the Friday trades, meanwhile, wound up with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans took Iowa Hawkeyes safety Amani Hooker with the 14th pick of the fourth round — No. 116 overall.

12:27 p.m.

The Dolphins are still about 50 picks away from their first selection of the third day, but there are still plenty of quality offensive linemen available if Miami wants to grab another to go with interior lineman Michael Deiter, its third-round pick from the Wisconsin Badgers.

Most of the top players available are guards, which could work for the Dolphins if they think Deiter could potentially fill their need at right tackle. A slew of All-American linemen are available including Alabama Crimson Tide interior lineman Russ Pierschbacher, Ohio State Buckeyes interior lineman Michael Jordan, Wisconsin guard Ben Benzschawel, and Oklahoma Sooners guards Dru Samia and Ben Powers.

The top tackle available is Mitch Hyatt, the All-American from the Clemson Tigers, who once looked like a potential first-round pick.

11:30 a.m.

The first two days of the NFL Draft have certainly been something for the Dolphins. As rumors swirled of a potential Josh Rosen trade Thursday, Miami passed up on former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins to take former Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the No. 13 pick of the first round. As rumors grew even louder Friday, the Dolphins traded down from their No. 48 pick down to No. 62 in the second round.

Finally, Miami sent its late second-round pick — plus a fifth-round pick in 2020 — to the Arizona Cardinals for Rosen. The Dolphins maybe found their quarterback of the future after grabbing a potential defensive star in Round 1, then they wrapped up Day 2 by taking Wisconsin Badgers interior lineman Michael Deiter in the third round.

Miami is far from done, though. Because their trade downs landed a quarterback and an early 2020 pick, the Dolphins haven’t been able to fill some of their myriad needs. Adding a true tackle will be a priority Saturday, as will finding some edge rushers to go along with Wilkins.

Miami won’t pick in the fourth round after sending the No. 116 pick to the New Orleans Saints as part of its original trade down to No. 62. The Dolphins then hold their own pick — No. 151 — in the fifth round and New Orleans’ No. 202 pick in the sixth from the Friday trade. Miami finishes the draft with back-to-back picks in the seventh at Nos. 233 and 234 overall, two picks which came from the Titans and Cleveland Browns, respectively.

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