Top Five Needs for the Dolphins in the NFL Draft

Nov 11, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) reaches for a tipped pass during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season finishing 5 – 11 and last in the AFC East. They need to make a few more moves in the draft to have the team going in the right direction. 

1. Left Defensive End

Currently, at the left defensive end, they have Avery Moss. Moss has only played in 2017 and 2019. His stats are below average for a defensive end, and he’s also only played 11 games with the Dolphins. K’Lavon Chaisson could be a suitable replacement for Moss. Chaisson can play outside linebacker and defensive end, which could make for a versatile defensive player for the Dolphins. Yetur Gross-Matos is also a choice at defensive end for the Dolphins. Gross-Matos had 9.5 sacks last season, which could help the Dolphins pass rush. He is projected to be a second-round pick, so they could not have to use a first-round pick on him. Overall there are a few options at defensive end that the Dolphins could pick. Not many are in the first round this year. 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson (18) reacts during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigersin the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

2. Quarterback 

Currently, at quarterback, the main two are Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. Fitzpatrick is going to be a good mentor for whichever quarterback is the starter for the season. Rosen, on the other hand, is going to have to fight for the backup position. He may get cut before the beginning of the season, which can lead to him being signed elsewhere. Some options at quarterback could be Tua Tagovailoa. Tua is projected to go top ten in the NFL Draft so the Dolphins could snag him with there the first-round pick. The only worry for Tua is his injury history, which is the reason he is not going number one overall this season. Another option at quarterback in the draft is Justin Herbert. Herbert is projected to go in the top 16, so the Dolphins could try to pick him up early. He is an overall good quarterback and will fit into the NFL system well. 

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Oct 12, 2019; College Station, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

3. Strong Saftey

Currently, at strong safety is Adrian Colbert. Colbert is 26 but has not shown signs that he can be a good starter for the Dolphins. Last season Golbert only played six games and had two passes defended. Some potential draft players are Xavier McKinney. McKinney is 6-0 foot, 201 pounds, and run a 4.50-second forty-yard dash. If the Dolphins can get one more player into this secondary, they will be feared amongst the NFL. McKinney also is a versatile defensive back because of his three interceptions, three sacks, and five passes defended. Grant Delpit is also another draft option at strong safety for the Dolphins. Delpit is six feet two inches, 213 pounds, and runs a 4.55-second forty-yard dash. He could be an excellent athletic option if they do not pick a safety up in the first round. 

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Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Xavier McKinney (15) carries the ball after a fumble against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half of the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

4. Middle Linebacker

Currently, at middle linebacker is Vince Biegel. Biegel is 26 years old and has had some alright seasons in the NFL. Last season he had 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks, which is alright but could be better. Biegel has already played for three NFL teams in a matter of four years. He played fifteen games last season, but he could always use a decent backup. Anfernee Jennings would be a good back up middle linebacker for Biegel next season. Jennings is six foot one, 252 pounds, and runs a 4.63 forty yard dash. Jennings recorded 83 tackles, eight sacks, and five passes defended last season. Overall he is a decent young middle linebacker to have on the roster.

Another option at middle linebacker is Troy Dye. Dye is six foot four, 231 pounds, and runs a 4.70 forty yard dash. He is a tough player who the Dolphins could look to pick up in the third or fourth round of the NFL Draft. 

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

5. Left Tackle

Currently, at left tackle is Julie’n Davenport. Davenport is 25 years old and has a lot of potential at left tackle. On the current roster, there are no backup tackles, so the Dolphins should look to pick up a late-round offensive tackle in the NFL Draft. Jack Driscol is a projected third to a fifth-round draft pick. He was a solid right tackle in 2019 but could use some time as a backup tackle to get ready to be a starter. He needs to become stronger if he wants to become a starting tackle for the NFL. Alex Taylor is another tackle prospect who needs some time as a backup. He had a good season and senior bowl but needs some time to become a contributor to an NFL team. 

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