For several years now, it has been a pretty well-known fact that the Miami Dolphins have not drafted well. Granted, they have drafted better in recent years, but they still haven't been very good. In this article, I will be reviewing who the Dolphins could have drafted in the spot they were in the draft starting back from the 2009 Draft.
When you look at the changes made in these drafts, you begin to realize the kind of talent that the Dolphins missed out on. When taking into account all the draft changes and assuming the Dolphins still signed some of free agents they already have, here's a rough look at how the Dolphins roster could look right now.
QB: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore
RB: DeMarco Murray, Alfred Morris, Bryce Brown, Damien Williams
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Antoino Brown, T.Y. Hilton, Brian Hartline, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews
TE: Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, Charles Clay (FB/H-Back)
OT: Nate Solder, Ja'Wuan James, Terron Armstead, Seantrell Henderson
OG: Andy Levitre, Billy Turner, Earl Watford, David Quessenberry, Andrew Gardner,
C: Ben Jones, Corey Linsley
DE: Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Demontre Moore, Chris McCain, Terrence Fede
DT: Geno Atkins, Randy Startks, Earl Mitchell, Anthony Johnson
LB: Koa Misi, Malcolm Smith, Danny Trevathan, Jamie Collins, Jelani Jenkins, Jordan Tripp
CB: Brent Grimes, Xavier Rhodes, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Will Davis,
S: Reshad Jones, Rashad Johnson, Earl Thomas, Jimmy Wilson, Don Jones
K: Caleb Sturgis
P: Brandon Fields
KR: Jarvis Landry
PR: Antonio Brown
While this is just an exercise and would be impossible because of the salary cap, it goes to show that the Dolphins have clearly not drafted as well as they should or could have. In order for the Dolphins to get better, their front office and coaching staff need to get better.
The front office needs to get better by drafting better and signing free agents only to fill minor holes. The coaching staff has to get better by developing better players. Players like Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor, and Will Davis are all players that come to mind when you think of player development.
Stability is certainly something that can help an organization - think the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. But change is also necessary sometimes in order to improve, and this exercise has shown that there is change that needs to be made in the front office and coaching staff across the board.
This column was written by Seth Fisher. Follow him on Twitter: @SethAFisher13