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Miami Dolphins’ 2020 NFL Draft Preview

Round One of the NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 23rd at 8 p.m. (eastern). Round two and three begin at 7 p.m. After that, rounds four, five, six, and seven starts at 11 a.m. Here are some of the major positional needs the Miami Dolphins fans need to look out for. 

Miami Dolphins’ 2020 NFL Draft Picks

  • 5 (Round 1)
  • 18 (Round 1 via Pittsburgh)
  • 30 (Round 1 via Green Bay)
  • 39 (Round 2)
  • 56 (Round 2 via New Orleans)
  • 70 (Round 3)
  • 136 (Round 4 Green Bay)
  • 141 (Round 4 Compensatory)
  • 153 (Round 5 via Arizona)
  • 154 (Round 5 via Pittsburgh
  • 173 (Round 5 via Las Angeles)
  • 185 (Round 6)
  • 227 (Round 7)
  • 246 (Round 7 via Kansas City)
  • 251 (Round 7 Compensatory)

The Miami Dolphins have 15 picks heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. The Dolphins will have to take advantage of the amount of pick they have, but they will most likely trade away a few. 

Positional Needs

The Miami Dolphins still have many major holes they have to fill in the NFL Draft. In free agency, they addressed some major positions such as outside linebacker, cornerback, edge rusher, guard, center, but they still have some major holes to fill in the draft. Here are their positions ranked by which need the most help. 

Offensive Tackle

The Miami Dolphins did not add any new players to the offensive tackle position in the offseason. Currently, their starters are Julie’n Davenport and Jesse Davis. Both of these players are not starting material, but Davis is a good back up. The Dolphins allowed 58 sacks last season, which is overall terrible. 

Quarterback

The Miami Dolphins did not add any new players to the quarterback position this offseason. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not a bad starter, but will not lead the team to a Super Bowl. Josh Rosen could potentially be good, but not at this current time. They need to draft a top-three quarterback or they will not reach their full potential next season.

Safety

The Miami Dolphins resigned Adrian Colbert this offseason, but he is nothing special. They also went out and signed Clayton Fejedelem, which was a decent pick-up. They need a superstar safety on this team to make this secondary one of the scariest secondaries in the NFL. 

Interior Offensive Line

The Miami Dolphins made some decent moves this offseason. They signed center Ted Karras from the New England Patriots, but he only started his first season last year. They also signed Ereck Flowers, which was an overall good move for the Dolphins since he is flourishing at guard. They still need a top center and one or two more guards to truly make this offensive line better. 

Interior Defensive Line

Currently, the only interior defensive lineman on the roster is Davon Godchaux. Godchaux is not a bad defensive lineman but is definitely not above average either. He is a good nose tackler for the Dolphins, but an upgrade would not be a bad idea. 

Running Back

The Miami Dolphins added Jordan Howard to the team in free agency. Kalen Ballage is still an alright running back but isn’t anything to brag about. The Dolphins should possibly look to make an upgrade at the back up running back position for more depth on the team. 

Tight End

The Miami Dolphins have a future star tight end in Mike Gesicki, but they do not have much after that. They could possibly draft a tight end in the later rounds of the draft for a back up tight end to help out Gesicki. 

Defensive End

The Miami Dolphins added many new edge rushers in free agency this offseason. They added Emmanuel Ogbah and Shaq Lawson. Also, they drafted Christian Wilkins at defensive end last season. Overall, they have decent depth at this position, but most of the defensive ends currently are above average. 

Outside Linebacker

The Miami Dolphins added Kyle Van Noy to the team this offseason, but they are still a little weak at the other outside linebacker position. Most of the other outside linebackers are average, but good role players. If the Dolphins could potentially draft a superstar linebacker than their defense could be next level. 

Inside Linebacker

The Miami Dolphins added many new faces to this inside linebacker core. The Dolphins added Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill to the roster. They also have one of the best young linebacker duos in Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan. Overall, they do not need to draft anyone major at middle linebacker in the draft. 

Cornerback

The Miami Dolphins made a major move when they brought in Byron Jones. They now have one of the best defensive back duos between Byron Jones and Xavien Howard. Overall if they could add a better third cornerback to this roster unless they move Bobby McCain or Eric Rowe down to cornerback. 

Wide Receiver

Wide receiver is one of the strongest positions on the Miami Dolphins. Currently, they have DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Albert Wilson, and Allen Hurns as there best four receivers. It would not be a bad idea to add one more receiver to this core, but overall it is a strong receiver core. 

Conclusion

Overall the Miami Dolphins need to put a major focus at the quarterback and offensive tackle positions in the first round of the NFL Draft. They should then focus on some other smaller needs around the team. With 14 picks in the draft, they should be able to draft many positional needs and be able to trade away picks for next year.


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