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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Kenyan Drake is a great example of Chris Grier’s third-round NFL draft success

In just one week, the National Football League’s annual draft will kick off in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2022 NFL draft will begin its first two rounds without the Miami Dolphins on deck for a pick, at the moment.

The good news is that the Dolphins’ first two draft picks in this year’s selection process went to the Kansas City Chiefs along with a fourth-round pick, and a fourth and six-round pick in the 2023 draft, to compensate for a Perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver – Tyreek Hill.

The compensation sent to the Chiefs to bring in one of the most exciting players in the NFL allows Dolphins general manager Chris Grier to jokingly plan a relaxed start to the draft on Thursday.

Following this mega deal during perhaps the wildest NFL offseason ever, Miami will begin their selection process as it now stands at No. 102. This is the late third-round pick that comes from the San Francisco 49ers after the choices that landed Jaylen. Waggel.

In what is a bizarre event, and not at all shocking with the number of deals Grier has made, all four of Miami’s 2022 picks were not originally their own.

After their initial pick, which will be next Friday, Dolphins fans will have to call it a day and wait until the third day, where no. 125 wait, Grier would hold his current hand. Fans do not have to settle here because the next round for the Dolphins will be the concept’s last, as Grier will finish with a few seventh-rounders, no. 224 and no. 247.

So, with the clock starting in the third, it seems appropriate to take a ride along the memory lane during Grier’s general manager tenure. Sure, he’s been in the building as a scout since 2000, but he officially took over in 2016 for Dennis Hickey as general manager.

Grier’s first choice was, believe it or not, at number 13, Laremy Tunsil, who essentially gave Miami a treasure trove of players from a pick package that led to other deals leading to Jaylen Waddle, Jevon Holland, and their latest acquisition, Hill.

The end result also led to concept choices Noah Igbinoghene and Solomon Kindley. Two of Miami’s 2022 picks were from Tunsil Trade results, and they even have a 2023 pick from San Francisco after all the smoke cleared.

After the Tunsil selection, Grier overcame himself with cornerback Xavien Howard. We all know that story, but let’s appreciate Grier’s start in his concept career as chief. His third pick was a player that gave Dolphins fans one of their greatest football memories ever, in one of the craziest endings to any game in NFL history.

Kenyan Drake, a Alabama fullback, was the overall pick no. 73 and the first third-round pick for Grier. Drake was the touchdown maker during the famed “Miami Miracle,” when the Dolphins stunned the New England Patriots in a buzz-knock victory, after some lateral and a poorly negotiated corner by Rob Gronkowski.

After a little over two seasons in Miami, the Arizona Cardinals entered into an agreement with the Dolphins to acquire Drake for a conditional 2020 pick in the fifth round. That choice eventually went to someone other than San Francisco in exchange for fellow runner Matt Breida.

Drake completed his Miami career averaging 4.6 yards per carry, scoring 15 total touchdowns for the team, including that memorable miracle.

Grier will be looking for more magic in seven days when his latest opportunity can reach a key player at number 102. This is of course unless Grier gets smart and moves up should he see a player he desires. Either way, it’s a smart bet to keep looking through the long weekend, as Grier has made early draft weekend deals in one form or another in each of the past three years.

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