The Miami Dolphins, like every other team, added some new faces over the weekend by taking seven players in the NFL Draft. As expected, the Dolphins saw it necessary to focus on the defensive side of the football, going defense with five of the selections.

As with any draft, some players will make an impact immediately while others are projects for down the road. Looking at the seven newest Miami Dolphins, we take a look at what to expect for each in 2017:




Charles Harris, DE
Role: Instant contributor
Former Missouri defensive end and the Dolphins’ first round pick, Charles Harris, has a ways to go to become a complete defensive end, but he should be able to get after the quarterback right away. Harris is lightning quick off the football and has a nice array of moves. Expect the rookie to be used a lot in obvious passing and two-minute situations.

Raekwon McMillan, LB
Role: Instant contributor, possible starter
Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons are definite starters at linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, but Ohio State rookie Raekwon McMillan could be in the mix. McMillan is an inside linebacker, but it’s possible that either he or Timmons could move outside. Koa Misi is coming off an injury and there’s no certainty as to how he’ll recover. Outside of the three mentioned, there are no other candidates better or as good as McMillan.

Cordrea Tankersley, CB
Role: Situational contributor, project
For former Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley, the possibilities are endless. Tankersley could contribute right away as a reserve or nickel back, but he has the body and athleticism to play any position in the secondary. Expect the Miami coaching staff to experiment with Tankersley to try and find out how he fits best.

Isaac Asiata, G
Role: Depth provider, fringe starter
If push comes to shove, Isaac Asiata could find himself starting at one of the guard spots for the Miami Dolphins this season. For most of the season however, expect Asiata to be a reserve. Jermon Bushrod, Kraig Urbik and Ted Larsen are the early favorites, but come 2018, don’t be surprised to see Asiata starting up front.

Davon Godchaux, DT
Role: Depth provider, situational contributor
The LSU rookie, Davon Godchaux’s primary responsibility this season will likely be to spell starters Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips on the interior of the defensive line. Godchaux could be used in goal line and short yardage situations, but don’t expect him to make a huge impact.

Vincent Taylor, DT
Role: Depth provider, situational contributor
Much like Davon Godchaux, Vincent Taylor’s primary use in 2017 will be to spell starters along the defensive front. Taylor may actually have better long-term potential than his fellow rookie at the position, but don’t expect big things immediately.

Isaiah Ford, WR
Role: Instant contributor
With Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills on the roster, Isaiah Ford isn’t going to come in and start, but he could immediately be the team’s fourth receiver. The Virginia Tech rookie slid to the seventh round largely due to a sub-par NFL Combine, but he has all the necessary traits to last a decade in the NFL. Outside of the three already mentioned, Miami receivers accounted for just three catches last year. Ford should change that.

Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson