MIAMI DOLPHINS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
S Adrian Colbert, OT Ereck Flowers, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, RB Jordan Howard, CB Byron Jones, OL Ted Karras, DE Shaq Lawson, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, LB Elandon Roberts, LB Kyle Van Noy
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
TE Clive Walford, OT J’Marcus Webb, OL Evan Boheim, CB Aqib Talib, S Reshad Jones
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
QB Tua Tagovailoa, OT Mekhi Becton, OT Jedrick Wills, OT Tristian Wirfs, S/LB Isaiah Simmons, CB Jeffrey Okudah, DT Derrick Brown, QB Justin Herbert, QB Jordan Love, WR Henry Ruggs, WR Cedee Lamb, OLB K’Lvon Chaisson, WR Jerry Jeudy, DT Javon Kinlaw, RB D’Andre Swift, CB CJ Henderson OT Austin Jackson, OT Josh Jones, OT Andrew Thomas, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Denzel Mims, WR Tee Higgins, S Xavier McKinney,
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
CB Jeff Gladney, CB Trevon Diggs, CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB A.J. Terrell, OT Ezra Cleveland, OT Isaiah Wilson, WR Jalen Reagor, WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., S Grant Delpit, S Antoine Winfield Jr., S Ashtyn Davis, LB Zack Baun, RB Jonathan Taylor, RB JK Dobbins, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, OT Lucas Niang
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
CB Tony Pride Jr., CB Bryce Hall, CB Amik Robertson, CB Javelin Guidry, OT Prince Tega-Wanogho OT Ben Bartch, OT Saahdiq Charles, DT Rashard Lawrence, DT Leki Fotu, WR Van Jefferson, WR KJ Hill, WR Michael Pittman Jr., WR Chase Claypool, S K’Von Wallace, S Kyle Dugger, S Jeremy Chinn, TE Brycen Hopkins, TE Adam Trautman, TE Hunter Bryant, TE Thaddeus Moss
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Dolphins have a ton of picks they can use to rebuild their team in the 2020 NFL Draft, with three in the first round alone. The top priority will be to land a quarterback with their first choice. The Dolphins hold the 5th pick and would be keeping their fingers crossed that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa falls to them. There’s a good chance that happens, as the teams picking ahead of the Dolphins don’t have a major need for a quarterback. There are rumblings the Redskins could take Tua, and the Lions could also look for an heir apparent to Matthew Stafford. So the Phins could get nervous and look to move up to get their man. The compensation required would depend on how high they have to go. If they have to go up to two, it could cost them an additional first-rounder, if they only jump a spot or two, an additional second or mid-round pick should be enough. Whether they wait it out or not, there’s a good chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up a Dolphin this April.
With their second first-round pick, the Dolphins could look for a weapon for their new quarterback. They hold the 18th pick, and there is a chance one of the big three wide receivers are still available. Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb are all neck and neck for the title of the best overall receiver in this year’s Draft and it is a crapshoot who could still be available. They all bring something different to the table. Jeudy is an elite route runner, Ruggs has great speed and is dangerous after the catch, and Lamb has uncanny ball skills. The Dolphins would do well to get any of them. If the receivers are picked clean, the Dolphins could go with a big offensive tackle. The guy who could still be on the board would be Georgia’s, Andrew Thomas. Thomas has great size, athletic ability and is ready to start from day one.
If the Dolphins don’t get their wide receiver at pick 18, they could then add one at pick 26. Guys they could be looking at would be Baylor’s Denzel Mims, Clemson’s Tee Higgins, or LSU’s Justin Jefferson. Jefferson is a demon working out of the slot, Mims has a crazy combination of size and speed, and Higgins is one of the bigger targets in the Draft with great overall footwork. All of these guys would pair with Davante Parker well giving young Tua a dynamic set of weapons. If the Dolphins already have a receiver, they could get a big offensive lineman like Austin Jackson or Josh Jones. They could also be the first team to pull the trigger on a running back and take Georgia’s, D’Andre Swift.
The Dolphins also have two picks in the second round if they don’t move up in the first. If they have yet to get a running back, they’d be very tempted to take one here. Powerful and speedy Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin would be a great choice. He looks to have all the physical traits to be a true feature back. They could also look at JK Dobbins from Ohio State or LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Dolphins could continue to look for wide receiver help in Round 2. Jalen Reagor, Brandon Aiyuk, and Laviska Shenault could all be considered. They could look for a cornerback in Round 2 as well. They did well going out and getting Byron Jones in free agency, but could still use some help. There should be some good names available with Noah Igbinoghene, Jaylon Johnson, and AJ Terrell all being options. The Dolphins could also upgrade at safety with guys like Grant Delpit, Antoine Winfield Jr., Ashytin Davis, being the best they could hope for.
In Round 3 the Dolphins could also look to give their new young quarterback a weapon. They could do it in the form of a tight end. Mike Gesicki currently tops the Phins tight end depth chart, but the talent behind him is troubling. There should be a ton of good options available with Hunter Bryant, Adam Trautman, Brycen Hopkins, and Thaddeus Moss being options. These players are all excellent pass-catchers and pairing any of them with Gesicki would make it awfully hard on defenses when the Dolphins roll out in two tight end sets. More round three options for the Dolphins would be a safety like Jeremy Chinn or Kyle Dugger, an offensive tackle like Ben Bartch or a cornerback like Bryce Hall.
Round 1: QB Tua Tagovaiola, Alabama
Round 1: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
Round 1: OT Austin Jackson, USC
Round 2: RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Round 2: CB/S Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota
Round 3: TE Hunter Bryant, Washington