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Dolphins Disrespected by Mel Kiper's NFL Draft Grades

Devon Platana
The Miami Dolphins have been disrespected by Mel Kiper's 2022 NFL Draft grades.
The Miami Dolphins have been disrespected by Mel Kiper's 2022 NFL Draft grades. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft was a quiet one for Miami Dolphins fans, with their team only making four total selections. Even though the Dolphins had fewer opportunities to mess up, not everyone is a huge fan of their final result.

ESPN's Mel Kiper has given the Dolphins' performance a B- in his NFL Draft grades. There are certainly worse grades to receive than a B-, but the fact that only two teams were graded lower shows just how Kiper disrespected Miami.

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Three of the Dolphins' first four 2022 draft picks were traded to the Kansas City Chiefs to bring in wideout Tyreek Hill earlier this offseason. His presence will boost Miami's offense, however, that isn't enough to make up for the underwhelming draft showing.

Kiper said that "there's not a lot to rave" outside of Georgia inside linebacker Channing Tindall (No. 102). He added that Tindall can make plays and is a "steal" after projecting him to get drafted one round earlier.

Kiper had the entire offensive line as one of Miami's pre-draft needs, only for the Dolphins to fail to address that area entirely. They did surrender 40 sacks (T-No. 11) last season, making it understandable why some fans might be disappointed.

Texas Tech wide receiver Erik Ezukanma (No. 125) dropped too many passes for Kiper's liking last season. Meanwhile, drafting California ILB Cameron Goode (No. 224) wasn't necessary after taking Tindall.

On top of that, the Dolphins also added Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson (No. 247), who "is a long shot to make the roster."

The Dolphins have a better roster than they had last season, but their new crop of rookies doesn't help push them forward that much. FanDuel Sportsbook thinks that Miami could use more help, giving the team just +4000 odds (T-No. 18) to win Super Bowl LVII.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.