FOXBORO -- A lot of people don’t know this, but Tom Brady was the 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft. Wasn’t even drafted high. Swear to god; look it up.
On Saturday, Brady provided yet another reminder of that fact, posting a picture of himself and 2009 232nd overall pick Julian Edelman with the caption “#199 + #232 + 5 undrafted in the huddle = #51 🏆.”
Brady, of course, was referring to the Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning offense, which featured the likes of undrafted players David Andrews, Danny Amendola and LeGarrette Blount.
Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night.
Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Dolphins released Mario Williams earlier this offseason and Cameron Wake, 35, is getting a little long in the tooth. They needed pass-rush help, and they got it in the first round of this year's draft.
With the No. 22 overall pick, Miami selected Missouri edge defender Charles Harris in the hopes that -- among other things -- he'll be able to bother Tom Brady and the Patriots twice a year.
Harris is an interesting story in that he came to the sport relatively late as a junior in high school, but he quickly turned himself into one of the most polised pass-rushers in this year's class. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder was named a second-team All-SEC selection last season.
Though Harris has good quickness and a variety of pass-rush moves, including what was probably the best spin move off the edge in the draft, he comes to the league with some questions about his ability to defend the run and may be limited to playing in sub packages early in his career.
There's value in specialty pass-rushers, though, and if Harris can eventually get after quarterbacks the way Wake has over the last eight years, the Dolphins will be able to live with any of his shortcomings in the running game.