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Dolphins vs Packers Instant Reaction

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We knew this was going to be an embarrassment, we just didn’t think it would be this painful.

Miami, already decimated with injuries, simply had to limp into the bye week without accumulating any other casualties.

Instead, the Dolphins will look to rely on Leonte Carroo to save their season.

A lot happened in this 31-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and contrary to the final score, there were some bright spots in this game. Though, like always, this team leaves us with more questions than answers.

Honestly, the best thing we’re going to enjoy today is the New York Jets getting slaughtered by the Buffalo Bills and Tom Brady‘s New England Patriots falling flat on their face against the Tennessee Titans.

Below are a few things we noticed from the now 5-5 Miami Dolphins loss to the Packers:

Offensive Guru Wanted

Listen, we, as fans, expected nothing coming into this game. It was going to be a massacre, and we were all going to play masochist and watch the game anyway.

This team played without its starting offensive tackles, its starting center, its starting left guard, its starting tight end, its biggest wildcard/play maker/offensive threat (Albert Wilson) and the most obvious omission, its starting quarterback.

And yet, if I told you that Brock Osweiler had more passing yards than Aaron Rodgers, and that Frank Gore would average almost 7 yards a carry on 13 carries, you would think Miami got into some crazy offensive shootout.

But alas, Miami’s offense is shooting a slingshot while every other offense (except the Jets) is living in the 21st century.

After watching Miami fail to score a touchdown against the Jets last week, we weren’t expected an offensive unit that was decimated by more injuries to perform better. Then again, we also didn’t think we’d go two full football games without an offensive touchdown. It’s extremely deflating to watch this team convert three early trips to the red zone into just 9 points; especially when the rest of the team is able to produce turnovers, get a 4th-down stop in Packers territory, and block punts close to the endzone.

This team is doing everything it can to put the offense in a position to capitalize and they just can’t do it. Finishing a drive is more toxic to this organization than Miko Grimes.

The obvious scapegoat is the guru behind this entire offense, Adam Gase. And while there’s merit to removing Gase as offensive coordinator (so he can focus on being an actual head coach), I can’t pin this specific performance on Gase. He was working with an injury-riddled offensive line and a quarterback who’s red zone fumble wasn’t even his most embarrassing play of the night (his interception to one-time free agent visitor Bashaud Breeland was pretty bad, and possibly more costly given that it happened on Miami’s 38 yard line).

Thing is, for as much success Gase has had with backups, he hasn’t accomplished much on offense. Sean McVay has better talent with the Los Angeles Rams, but Jeff Fisher had much of the same offensive talent and got himself fired. McVay revamped that offense, and turned it into the threat they now are…THAT is an offensive guru.

Again, it’s hard to fault Adam Gase for having a weak cast of characters, but I do blame Gase for leading an offense that hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in over two games.

The only saving grace Miami has right now on offense is Frank Gore. Gore rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries and continues to be the number one back ahead of Kenyan Drake. Drake was banged up a little bit this game, but he only saw 8 rushes. Reason being? One running back had 6.9 yards per carry while the other had a mere 3.4.

At this point, 10 weeks in, I’m not sure the Dolphins are misusing Drake, he just may not have been ready to handle everything that comes with being a number one back (blitz pickup, pass protecting, etc). He’s flashy and a playmaker, and Miami needs to figure out a way to better utilize his raw skill set.

Maybe with DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant being injured, Miami can flex him out wide. It’s not like they have that many options available for them, anyway.

While cutting on a route, Jakeem Grant went down and appeared to injure his Achilles. He had been dealing with an Achilles injury prior to this, and was trying to play through it. Though it’s pretty easy to say it now, they probably shouldn’t have let a player who lives off of their shiftiness and speed play with one of their most vital muscles injured. After such a promising and productive year for the returner and wide receiver, Grant will most likely have a long recovery before returning to game action. If Tony Lippett‘s Achilles injury is any indication, we might not see Grant perform in a Dolphins uniform again.

After the game, Parker’s arm was in a sling.

Darren Rizzi is the Team’s MVP

There’s a reason why Darren Rizzi has survived three head coaching regimes, and why he currently owns the title of “Assistant Head Coach”.

Originally hired by Tony Sparano, Rizzi has always had an exceptional special teams unit. He started his Dolphins tenure with two really good special teams players – Dan Carpenter and Brandon Fields – but he hasn’t been afraid to move on from a player when he sees a better opportunity available.

Other than the curious case of Andrew Franks from 2015 – 2016, Rizzi has nailed every move he’s made with his kickers and punters. Rizzi made his most surprising move when he kept Matt Darr over Brandon Fields in 2015. Then, after a subpar rookie season, fans were wondering why Rizzi ditched a successful Matt Darr for the lefty-kicking Matt Haack. 2018 proved that Rizzi both knew what he was investing in, and knew how to evolve Haack into a weapon rather than a liability. In comparison, Darr hasn’t played since the 2016 season.

Today, the Dolphins special teams unit was the only reason Miami looked like a relevant football team for 40 minutes.

Overall, Leonte Carroo may be a 3rd-round disappointment for Dolphins fans, but he was the most valuable Dolphins player this game, and he’s going to have a much larger role for the last 6 games of the season.

Carroo recovered a blocked punt, recovered another fumble on special teams, converted a fake punt for a 1st-down and also had himself a 20-yard reception on 3rd-and-19 to top it all off.

Although his kick out of bounds ended up being the catalyst for Green Bay’s dominance during the second half, Jason Sanders had a good game – making 4 of 4 field goals – and continues to be a reliable kicker for this team. Most Dolphins fans felt losing Cody Parkey was a big deal this offseason, but the boy from Jupiter has missed 5 field goals and 2 extra points so far this season (after missing both field goal attempts and 2 of his 4 extra points earlier today), and doesn’t look worth anywhere near the $15m kicker the Chicago Bears signed this offseason.

Green Bay ended up pulling off a fake punt on Miami, which will certainly blemish the otherwise phenomenal game the special teams unit had. If it weren’t for them, 14-12 in the 3rd-quarter against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers wouldn’t have been possible.

Miami’s Defense Consistently Underperforms

The Green Bay Packers were beatable today. Aaron Rodgers did not look too good, and Miami was able to contain the future hall of fame quarterback for a majority of the game.

They just forgot to compensate for the other Aaron on the team.

Aaron Jones ran for only 54 less yards than what Rodgers passed for, as the sophomore running back drafted in the 5th-round gashed Miami’s putrid rushing defense for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Miami’s linebackers looked overwhelmed, and their defensive tackles didn’t do much in terms of containment. Robert Quinn was able to record 1.5 sacks, but he’s been better at setting the edge than sacking the quarterback. And that’s fine when that’s your job as a role player, not when you’re making over $11m and expected to swing games in your team’s favor.

With more communication issues and questionable play calls this game, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Matt Burke during the bye week. I’m not too sure that changing the defensive coordinator will suddenly spark the defense, but it’s almost conclusive that Burke is not going to be returning as defensive coordinator next season.

Xavien Howard looked lost on a touchdown to Davante Adams, settling in the endzone while the receiver stopped on the 3-yard line and jogged in for the score. He still had a “good” game overall, but he also needs to cut down on the few negative plays he has each game. He has now allowed a touchdown in two of the last three games.

Reshad Jones sat the first quarter and part of the second quarter as punishment for quitting on the team last week. The team certainly missed him during Green Bay’s first two touchdown drives, but it’s not like he became a difference maker while in the lineup. That’s not to imply that the team is better when Jones isn’t in the lineup, but something has been amiss recently with the lifelong Dolphin.

The only clear-cut difference maker on defense continues to be Minkah Fitzpatrick, who had a great game as the boundary cornerback.

Bobby McCain was beat by Davante Adams in the first-quarter on an inside slant while he was on the boundary. He returned to the slot in the 2nd-quarter and played adequately before being blindsided by Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown in the 3rd-quarter. McCain was knocked out for a minute before popping to his feet. He walked to the locker room on his own power, but did not return to the game. The safe assumption is he suffered a concussion, and will have the next week to rest from most football activity.

By the way, remember when we thought the Buffalo Bills were two easy wins on our schedule? Might have to rethink that. One week after the Dolphins beat the Jets 13-6 (and failed to score an offensive touchdown), the Bills and Matt Barkley – his first game since 2016 – won 41-10.

This might be a long winter.

Growing up a passionate Dolphins fan in Jets territory, Jason learned from an early age that life as a Dolphins fan wasn’t going to be easy. Previously the Sports Editor for his university newspaper, Jason has experience writing columns, creating game recaps and conducting interviews with Hall of Fame athletes (Harry Carson and Yogi Berra are two of his proudest interviews). When he’s not dissecting the latest sports news, you can find him perplexed over the Dolphins offensive line woes or involuntarily introducing music to his neighbors.

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Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Jarrett Stidham

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A shot of Jarrett Stidham during the Senior Bowl in January. Image courtesy of USA Today

Which 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks fit for the Miami Dolphins, which ones could start, and which ones aren’t on the table?

Let’s dive into the first installment of Fits and Starts with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham.

2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks and Fits and Starts intro

I hope you’re enjoying all the Kyler Murray talk; it’s not going anywhere for the next two months. So, with all the hype surrounding the Heisman winner and his decision to play in the NFL over the MLB, it makes sense that Murray shot up the draft boards in rapid fashion.

Murray has been connected with the Miami Dolphins, and it makes sense. The Dolphins need a quarterback to lead the franchise into the future, especially with the start of the Brian Flores era.

But what happens if the Dolphins can’t get Kyler Murrayin the 2019 Draft? Let’s take that a step further. What if the Dolphins don’t get any of the QBs that are pegged to go in the first round? Dwayne HaskinsDrew LockDaniel Jones, along with Murray, are all in the conversation to go off the board in the first round.

The 2019 QB class hasn’t exactly been lauded for its talent, but that doesn’t mean its totally devoid of untapped potential on Days 2 and 3. There are some diamonds in the rough and some could be on the Dolphins’ radar come April. The Fits and Starts mini-series will be focusing on these overshadowed mid-round prospects and who could fit into a role with the Miami Dolphins.

Let’s get into the first name on the list: Jarrett Stidham.

Jarrett Stidham and his NFL Future

The first quarterback on the docket is Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. He’s an enigmatic player. He was in the conversation last draft season (before he returned to Auburn) to go in the second round. He was also talked about as a dark-horse Heisman candidate before the college season started.

His junior season didn’t go exactly as scripted, though. Jarrett Stidham had an up-and-down season, and his draft stock has been all over the place, consequently. He’s polarizing in the Twitter Draft realm with many draftniks either loving or hating him. I predict that he’ll go in the third round, but I could see the need for the position pushing him into the second round.

In a lot of ways, I would compare Jarrett Stidham to Ryan Tannehill. With that being said, he’s a poor man’s Tannehill. He’s not as athletic and I wouldn’t put his arm strength or accuracy on the same level, but there are comparisons that can be drawn.

Jarrett Stidham Mini-Report

He has some starter qualities, and he’s very raw in that regard. He also did not get a lot of help from his receivers during the 2018 season. I saw a lot of dropped passes that should’ve been “gimmes”. Jarrett Stidham has a moderately high ceiling, I would say. He’s extremely rough around the edges, but I can see him becoming successful in the NFL; it’ll come with many growing pains, albeit.

He also has some accuracy issues from a lot of the film I’ve watched of him. He’ll make some unbelievable down-the-field bombs, but also make some passes that are too high, too inside or too outside. Many passes were underthrown and I saw plays where WRs had to turn and play some defense. The accuracy is a roller coaster, and that’s something that is hard to improve at the next level; accuracy is more a God-given ability than it is a teachable skill.

Something else that I wasn’t wild about was how Stidham reacted to chaos and pressure. When the line collapsed, I saw some ugly escapes. Those ugly escapes will be ugly sacks in the NFL. I saw flashes of decent pocket presence, but like many of Stidham’s qualities, they were inconsistent.

That’s one of the best words I would use to describe Jarrett Stidham: inconsistent. Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he’s bad. Sometimes he’ll thread the needle for a 40-yard touchdown, sometimes he’ll undercut a route. But if the inconsistency is his biggest issue, which I believe it is, then I’m intrigued by his prospects at the next level with some next-level coaching.

At the End of the Day

So, if the Dolphins drafted Jarrett Stidham, it’d likely be on Day 2 and in the second round with the 48th pick. While the Dolphins are rebuilding, I could see them using a popular draft philosophy of taking a quarterback every year until one hits. If that’s the case, then Stidham could very well be a target if the Dolphins decide to address a bigger need or BPA with the 13th pick.

This could be a way for the Dolphins to hedge their bets while keeping an eye on the 2020 quarterbacks. Akin to the Redskins taking both RGIII and Kirk Cousins in the same draft in 2012, the Dolphins could take a flier on a mid-round quarterback and see what he could do in some games under the guidance of a veteran.

While I wouldn’t be upset by the pick, the Miami Dolphins would be wise to stay away from Jarrett Stidham, bottom line. I say that not because of Stidham’s shortcomings or upside but because of where the Miami Dolphins franchise finds itself.

If Jarrett Stidham goes out and has a decent showing in some live action during his rookie season, then that could affect the draft strategy regarding the 2020 class of quarterbacks.

I don’t want the Dolphins to keep waiting and waiting for someone to slowly develop as they did with Ryan Tannehill. Stidham is in a similar mold, looking at his tools and raw potential. I’m not sure how long it would take for Stidham develop, but I could see it turning into a situation where he takes a few steps forward every season.

Jarrett Stidham could be a quarterback that Chris Grier likes, but I would have a hard time believing that he’s a prospect that he would love–and that’s not what the Miami Dolphins need to right the ship.

 

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State of the Roster – Linebackers

Travis Wingfield

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Prelude

The 2019 off-season schedule had an unusual beginning for the Miami Dolphins. Not that the once proud, winningest organization in the NFL is suddenly new to coaching turnover (quite the opposite, rather). It’s the timing of the hire that provides the distinction from Stephen Ross’ three other head coaching appointments.

Typically, when the incumbent or new staff is in-place by Early-January, the roster dominoes begin to take shape. Waiting for Brian Flores to win his fifth Lombardi Trophy delayed that process by a month.

Now, with the majority of Coach Flores’ staff settling into their new offices, we can begin to speculate and forecast what will transpire over the next three months.

It’s not hyperbole to say that these next three months are the most important of Chris Grier’s professional career. Miami’s new General Manager is charged with resurrecting a franchise that, in the last 15 years, has fallen from the peak of the winning percentage mountain top, all the way down to fifth place on that obscure, yet illustrious list.

In this series we are going to explore the current assets on the roster and what their futures hold. Plus, we’ll explore the free-agency market and point out scheme fit pieces the Dolphins might seek to add in April’s draft.

Linebackers 

Current Cash Owed: ~ $10.1 Million
NFL Average: ~ $18 Million

Players Under Contract – 2019 Cash Owed:

Raekwon McMillan – $892 K

After a slow start McMillan came on like gangbusters; at least in run-defense. From week-five on, McMillan was graded second by PFF against the run (trailing only Luke Kuechly). His first year off major reconstructive knee surgery, the upside is glowing.

McMillan has a knack for correctly hitting his run fits, shows a great first step, and plays exceptionally well downhill. The design of this new defense is going to have the former Buckeye shining.

McMillan’s Projected 2019 Action: Mike Linebacker

Jerome Baker – $654 K

Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Like McMillan, Baker was late to the party in 2018, but he too turned it on post-September. Baker was PFF’s #22 overall linebacker over the final 13 weeks of the season. Though Baker also excelled against the run, he was more balanced providing value in coverage and as a blitzer. His PRP was similarly low to McMillan’s, but when Baker arrive he sacked the QB (3 of 5 pressures).

Baker is the new-aged linebacker – run, hit, and cover; that’s his game. He will have to transition to a new role playing primarily on the ball and off the edge, likely the weak side, but he’s more than capable.

Baker’s Projected 2019 Action: Will Backer

Kiko Alonso – $7.9 M

Kiko Alonso is a living, breathing highlight reel. The problem, for Miami, is that he’s usually on someone else’s mixtape. Alonso does well when he I.D.’s his gap early, but those instances are few and far between. He hustles to the ball and has a knack for the takeaway, it’s just the other 995 snaps of the season you worry about.

Turned around by the athletic prowess of Josh Allen, Christian McCaffery, or just about every pass receiving specialist tailback, Alonso is fading towards irrelevance at the position. Moving on from the often burnt, often penalized Alonso, is a no-brainer.

Alonso’s Projected 2019 Action: Cut

Chase Allen – $645 K

New England’s Linebacker position, under Brian Flores, was the ultimate test of pliability. Chase Allen has a role lining up over the center as the nose-backer in one of Flores’ many defensive fronts.

Allen excelled in that role in Miami, albeit on a limited basis, and figures to be a core special teamer.

Allen’s Projected 2019 Action: Nose Backer/Core Special Teamer

Pending Free Agents – 2018 Salary

Stephone Anthony – $1.9 M

The ole’ Mike Tannenbaum specialty, Miami spent a fifth-round pick, and far too much cap allocation, on a player that never made a contribution. Anthony was toast in his limited defensive snaps and rarely found the ball on special teams.

Anthony’s Projected 2019 Action: Not Re-signed

2019 Linebacker Free Agent Market:

The Dolphins could spend this portion of the off-season on the sideline. The likely top three players on the depth chart are already signed, sealed, and delivered, finding backups and special teams is all that’s left to do.

Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Now if the ‘Phins are so inclined to spend on the big ticket item, Anthony Barr would make nice strong-side linebacker in this new scheme. His coverage limitations should drive his cost down, but that’s not how free agency works – he’ll be priced out of Miami’s range.

Deone Bucannon is an interesting option that could help Miami remain fluid as they implement dime and quarter packages on the back-end. A safety/linebacker hybrid, Bucannon affords the defense the luxury of changing personnel without substituting. Bucannon is an excellent match-up piece in the passing game as well. Like Barr, Bucannon would come at a cost.

More realistically, Miami are looking at former Patriot Marquis Flowers and Eli Harold (Detroit).

2019 Linebacker Draft Class:

It’s not inconceivable that the Dolphins make this position a priority with the undrafted crop post-draft. The same idea with Jerome Baker, the ‘Phins need to find players that can run, hit, and cover but, most importantly, start off on special teams.

New Mexico State’s Terrill Hanks had 11 sacks and eight picks in college. His vast coverage and range skill set should be no surprise, he’s a former safety. Hanks struggles taking on blocks but that’s not a trait he will have to worry about in this scheme.

Bobby Okereke (Stanford) fits the run/hit/cover bill in his own right. North Carolina State’s Germaine Pratt falls into that category as well.

2019 Linebacker Prediction:

There are plenty of intriguing options at the positon but, with the needs on the defensive line and in the secondary, Miami could punt on this off-season’s linebacker class. In a defense that frequently uses one true ‘backer, Raekwon McMillan satisfies that bill. Jerome Baker will be the second linebacker and the Phins will look to pair Chase Allen with more sub-package types.

I’m adding Marquis Flowers in free agency – he was with the Pats for the first four years of his career. I’m also drafting Stanford’s Bobby Okereke on day-three. He’s an intelligent player with plus range and will help Miami’s flexibility in sub-packages.

Mike/Primary Linebacker: Raekwon McMillan
Will/Secondary Linebacker: Jerome Baker
Nose Backer: Chase Allen
Sub-Package: Rookie (Bobby Okereke)
Depth: UDFA/FA (Marquis Flowers)

Tomorrow: Cornerbacks

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5 Viable Options for Miami at Pick 13

Gabe Markman

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Mock drafts before April are about as futile as trick-or-treating before Halloween. Sure you might get miraculously lucky at one or two spots, but mostly you’ll just get weird looks from people. That being said, I’ve decided to mock up some scenarios the Dolphins may be presented with come late April.

Despite a flurry of updated scouting reports, trades, and free agent decisions that will ultimately happen before the draft, I couldn’t resist speculating what some of the most enticing options might be waiting there for Miami. I’ll be looking at these options under the assumption that Miami keeps the 13th pick come draft day.

1 – Trade Down

Trading down was something owner Stephen Ross reportedly pounded the table for last year. However, GM Chris Grier and company persuaded him to stay put and take Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick. While Fitzpatrick turned out to be a promising investment, I would expect the war room to try and gather as much draft capital as they can this time around.

The organization, specifically Ross, has put an emphasis on rebuilding the roster from the ground up these next few years, and there’s no better way to do that than by hoarding draft picks.

Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number eleven overall pick to the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

2 – Blue Chip Falls to 13 (BPA)

Much like the case with Fitzpatrick last year, there’s bound to be a blue chip player that falls out of the top 10 this year. If Miami’s war room decides not to trade back in the first round, it’s likely because they feel that a top talent has fallen into their laps at pick 13–similar to the Laremy Tunsil slide in 2016.

Unfortunately Nick Bosa is out of the question for Miami. I can’t fathom a universe where Bosa would fall to 13. Quinnen Williams would be a no-brainer here, but much like Bosa, its unlikely he’ll fall to pick 13. If he does however, he would fill a major need for Miami as well as add tremendous upside to a lack-luster defensive line.

Three prospects that also have top 10 grades are Greedy Williams, Josh Allen, and Devin White. These three are the physical definition of what you look for in a potential All-Pro football player. With all the shuffling expected to happen to Miami’s roster, these players could be immediate contributors and leaders as soon as they walk onto the field.

3 – Draft QB

I’m a firm believer that Miami needs to be patient with their quarterback situation. Miami isn’t expecting to win many games in the coming year or two, and this isn’t expected to be a great draft class for passers. Now as much as I like Kyler Murray, I can’t help but to think that other quarterbacks like Jake Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa, and Trevor Lawrence would provide more upside in the long run.

Despite the potential of future quarterbacks to come, this brain-trust of experienced scouts and well respected personnel guys might not let a guy like Murray slip past pick 13. Miami has many needs on paper, and quarterback is right up near the top of those needs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kyler be the first step of this rebuild if the war room thinks he’s worth the risk.

October 21, 2017 - Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. - Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) celebrates a fourth-quarter sack at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Final score: Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28 (Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

October 21, 2017 – Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. – Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) celebrates a fourth-quarter sack at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Final score: Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28 (Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

4 – Attempt to Replace an All-Pro

Sadly enough, there won’t be a younger clone of Cameron Wake waiting there at pick 13. The end of an era is coming, and sooner or later the Dolphins won’t have the consistency off the edge that Wake has been able to provide for so many years.

Brian Burns reminds me of Wake at times, but he also reminds me of Dion Jordan at times. The general opinion is that Burns could end up being a project player. I have no doubt this coaching staff has the ability to maximize the potential of Burns, but they might not like the value here.

Rashan Gary would be another enticing option were he to fall to Miami. Gary’s flexibility across the defensive line coincides perfectly with Brian Flores‘ multiple defensive scheme. Gary has the potential to be an All-Pro early in his career wherever Folres decides to put him on the defensive line.

5 – Address the O-Line

I’m interested to see what happens with Ju’Wuan James. He’s been a quiet strength for Miami. The combination of him and Tunsil has proven to be a consistent force when healthy. If James is willing to come back for the right price, Miami would be lucky to have one less hole to worry about.

If a deal with James isn’t struck, then offensive linemen will be one of Miami’s top priorities in the draft. They may be tempted to take an early look at offensive lineman depending on how the board falls. I expect the war room to find at least one starting quality offensive lineman within the first three rounds.

Dolphins’ fans are at the beginning of a very long journey. The recent organizational hires have inspired widespread optimism across the fan base. For the first time in a long time the future is looking bright for the Dolphins. Needless to say this draft will be a pivotal start to the Dolphins’ rebuild. The difficult decisions that Grier and his new staff will soon be faced with will reveal the direction in which this franchise is headed.

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