DAVIE, Fla. -- A few quick thoughts on the Miami Dolphins' second-round draft pick:
The pick: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
My take: The Dolphins entered Day 2 of the draft with several important needs. Miami has holes at linebacker, guard and safety. Strangely, the Dolphins drafted a defensive tackle in the second round. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is staunch in drafting the best available player on his team's board, and that must have been the case with Phillips. A big defensive tackle certainly wasn't a need, especially after the Dolphins spent $114 million in free agency on Ndamukong Suh. Phillips will provide depth behind Suh and starter Earl Mitchell, but the Dolphins could have addressed another position with a better chance to provide an immediate impact.
Moving back: The Dolphins made their first trade of this year’s draft. Miami moved down five spots -- from No. 47 to No. 52 -- in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected Utah cornerback Eric Rowe. The Dolphins traded their second- and sixth-round pick for Philadelphia’s one second- and two fifth-round picks. Miami now has a whopping four selections in the fifth round. The Dolphins have been in trade talks with the Eagles before. There reportedly were recent discussions between these two teams regarding Miami defensive end Dion Jordan, but talks fell through after Jordan was suspended for the entire season for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Second-round struggles: It hasn't been a good run of second-round picks for the Dolphins in recent years. Miami's previous second-rounders include linebacker Koa Misi (2010), running back Daniel Thomas (2011), tackle Jonathan Martin (2012), cornerback Jamar Taylor (2013) and receiver Jarvis Landry (2014). This is group of mixed results. Thomas and Martin are clear draft busts. Misi is an average starting linebacker, and the jury is still out on Taylor, who is entering his third season. The Dolphins hope Phillips is more of a sure thing as a second-round pick.