With the 2020 season now behind us, the Dolphins managed to tease us with the possibility of a postseason berth. However, a final week blowout loss to the AFC East Champion Bills, showed just how much the 2020 Dolphins had overachieved.
Despite a 10-6 record the Dolphins showed on that final Sunday in Buffalo just how far they had come in the 2nd year of head coach Brian Flores’ master rebuilding plan. It also showed glaring holes that will take a masterful stroke of managing the draft (7 total picks) and the upcoming free agency period.
What are those holes? Well, for starters, our new franchise quarterback needs weapons. With Devante Parker and Preston Williams nursing injuries yet again in 2020 and with Albert Wilson opting out due to Coronavirus, neither Tua Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick had a consistent, or experienced, receiver corps. When Jakeem Grant becomes the most experienced guy who’s playing the most snaps… well, let’s just say “Hello DeVonta Smith!”.
While I’m not usually one to advocate for drafting a receiver in the Top 10 of the draft – due to the fact that Tua has familiarity with the Heisman winner – I would say, “Let’s grab him!”. With the 18th over all pick I believe a game changing running back can still be had in Travis Etienne from Clemson. That is, if Arizona doesn’t grab him with the 17th pick.
Miami then has the 36th and 50th picks to finish out the first two rounds. While the offense still needs some work I turn my attention to the defensive side of the ball and pick up a linebacker and a free safety.
For those that know me, with the remaining 3 picks (82, 114, and 187) I’m picking based on need and best player available at those needs. And, if trading down for additional picks allows us to fill some additional needs based on our draft board then you do what’s best at the time.