What a splash for new GM Chris Grier. The Dolphins checked every need box, starting with an edge pass-rush boost and an inside speed upgrade for their front seven. Asiata was a fine Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered run-blocking value, but Tankersley and the defensive tackles need some work to be active contributors.
Whaley’s most controversial move came in 2014 when he spent two first-round picks and a fourth rounder to trade up and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The 2014 draft was a historically good at the wide receiver position. Other receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry were all drafted after Watkins and have produced better numbers through three seasons.
Whaley was also heavily involved in drafting quarterback EJ Manuel 16th overall in 2013, despite the fact that many teams had a third-round grade on him. Manuel struggled in 28 games in Buffalo before signing with the Raiders this offseason.
The writing was on the wall in Buffalo, Whaley was holding onto his job for dear life. But why didn’t the Bills fire Whaley when they fired coach Rex Ryan back in January? Why was Whaley and the entire scouting staff involved in the draft if they weren’t going to stick around to see it through? Bills owner Terry Pegula was peppered with those questions in a press conference Sunday morning.
Watson said big-game experience at Clemson will benefit his journey to the next level. Watson led Clemson to a 9-1 record against ranked teams the past two seasons, and that included a 5-1 record against top 10 teams. He beat Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Louisville, Ohio State and Alabama. Most quarterbacks with that resume would be a no-brainer at No. 1. To be called a winner is the highest compliment a quarterback can receive.