It is safe to say that the Miami Dolphins this year, are not very good. Then again, for a little while the Dolphins haven’t been good. Upper management decided enough was enough, and blew it up.
Old news here, the Dolphins traded away starting QB Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans, traded Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills for a king's ransom, shipped Minkah Fitzpatrick out as well, and from the outside let everyone that had at least a little bit of talent go.
But what if, and hear me out, what if it was for a good reason? What if it was to help bring back a winning tradition to a once proud franchise, and what if the Dolphins front office was playing a little sleight of hand on us all? Let’s explore!
This team has a ton of holes. The most glaring hole seems to be the quarterback position. What’s the answer? Who’s the answer? The most obvious answer is to obtain the number one overall pick, and select Tua Tagovailoa with it. He has all the makings of a franchise quarterback. Strong, accurate arm. Makes great decisions. Really seems to be in command of his offense at all times. It was reported yesterday, that Chris Grier was in Alabama yesterday to watch Tua play. This screams that the Dolphins will take him first overall. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if this is the sleight of hand?
The Dolphins own three first round picks this year. What if I told you that none of them would be spent on a quarterback? You’d think I’m crazy! But what if I wasn’t? Let’s take a look at the direction the Dolphins could be going right under our noses without us all even knowing.
#1 overall pick: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
In terms of pass rush here, this guy has it all. A dominant edge rusher with the ability to get to the QB. Taking a look back at his last 16 games played in college, he has 16.5 sacks in those 16 games. He will provide the pass rush we need to help solidify the defense. Christian Wilkins would benefit from this pick, as teams may try to double team Young, which could free him up to make big plays.
#7 overall pick: Any offensive line position
Taking a look at CBS sports top prospects for this coming draft, there are five offensive line prospects inside the top 30, and several more just on the outside. The Dolphins are in desperate need of offensive line help and taking a lineman here could be more than beneficial.
Before Miami selects a quarterback and makes an investment, they should solidify the insurance.
#20 overall pick: Any offensive line position
Talk about a shocker right? The Indianapolis Colts struggled in terms of offensive line for two years. In the draft before last season, the Colts selected two offensive lineman in the first round. All that did was bring them back into the top ten in the league in terms of the line. Miami uses this formula to help protect the quarterback. Being able to protect the quarterback leads to better offensive production.
Three first round picks, no quarterback selected. I know what you're thinking. Who’s going to play QB? The answer to that question is already on the roster.
QB Josh Rosen gets a second season to develop and prepare as the starter.
Some of you don’t believe that Rosen is the answer. It’s hard to ignore that he’s been victimized by two bad franchises, zero offensive line help, and a lot of dropped passes. Rosen, behind two first round picks on the line and some free agency retooling of the receiving corps, should blossom into the QB the Dolphins need. And if he doesn’t, then Miami has the draft capital to then go and select QB Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson. Some are considering him the second best QB prospect behind Tua Tagovailoa.
It’s going to be a long season folks, but there will be bright spots. There is a light at the end of this very long dark tunnel. His name just happens to be Young and not Tagovailoa.
This story was written by Dakota Gabel. Follow him on Twitter: @DakotasForrest
The NFL draft is officially a little over a week away, we can almost hear the clock ticking away as teams scramble to make their selections. The Miami Dolphins have the 13th pick of the draft and there are multiple avenues they could take, they could trade up or trade down, draft an offensive or defensive player, or possibly select the future franchise quarterback.
Below are the selections made by the PhinManiacs writers, do you agree or disagree with our selections?
Pick #13 - Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Miami will most likely be looking to trade down from this spot but landing an elite EDGE player such as Montez Sweat would be a great selection.
Sweat is an athletic freak, standing at 6’5’’, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. Sweat had high “sack” and “tackle for loss” production in college and with his athleticism this coaching staff could use him as much more than just an edge rusher.
- Oliver Candido (@BrazilCandido)
Pick #24 - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
With Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Drew Lock all off the board in the top 10, the Miami Dolphins explore trading down, and find a willing partner in the Oakland Raiders. Dropping eleven slots to the 24th overall pick brings Miami an additional 3rd round (#66) and 6th round (#184) picks this year, plus a coveted second round pick in 2020. The Dolphins then take defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, a 6’4’’ behemoth from Clemson.
- Eldon Jenson (@EJFootball)
Pick #13 - Christian Wilkins
Christian Wilkins has the size and athleticism to line up at multiple positions along the defensive line. Scheme versatility is coveted in today’s NFL. With head coach Brian Flores’s background, he will love to have this guy’s set of skills to confuse opposing offenses.
- Steven Paulsen (@SarcasticPhin)
Pick #20 - Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in search of someone in the linebacker corps to truly replace Ryan Shazier, someone who can cover, blitz, and run sideline to sideline, an all-around stud. There's a linebacker available in the first round who can do all of that well, and that's Michigan's Devin Bush. But the likelihood is that Bush won't be there for the Steelers to draft by the time they're on the clock at 20, and the linebacker depth in this draft is not exactly deep.
So, the Steelers trade up with the Dolphins to get to 13 and draft Bush, which allows Miami to get their hands on an extra third rounder and maybe a pick for 2020. With their new 20th overall pick, the Dolphins select Greedy Williams out of LSU. Xavien Howard continues to negotiate with the team for a long-term contract, and Miami needs someone to be the Patrick Surtain to Howard's Sam Madison.
Williams is the favorite corner in the draft by some analysts, while other have the likes of Byron Murphy or Deandre Baker above him. Nevertheless, Williams is a solid choice, and he (or one of the other two aforementioned corners) is likely to be available after a trade down. With the depth in the draft in the trenches, spending a 1st rounder on a corner still leaves plenty of talent available for later picks on the lines.
- Luis D. Sung (@LuisDSung)
Pick #13 - Greedy Williams
None of the QBs in this draft are worth a 1st round pick, so, instead, Miami needs a CB opposite of Xavien Howard, and the focus shifts to Greedy Williams. At 6’3’’ tall, 184 pounds, Williams has the size to be an excellent corner in the NFL.
He’s shown a knack for getting to the ball with eight interceptions in two years and 19 pass deflections. He also recorded 71 total tackles in two years showing he’s not afraid to make a tackle when needed.
- Dakota Gabel (@DakotasForrest)
Pick #13 - Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Clelin Ferrell would make a great replacement for Robert Quinn and he can even be used as a Trey Flowers type of player in Miami's new defensive scheme. Ferrell is good against the run and pass, he will immediately boost the Dolphins defensive line.
- Tanner Elliott (@Elliott302Tj)
Pick #17 - Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
With the 13th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins will be trading down in order to accumulate additional picks. We could see any of the later round teams trying to improve their draft position and give up picks to trade with the Dolphins.
Then, later in the first round, the Dolphins will address their defensive line by selecting Rashan Gary, an edge rusher out of Michigan. He probably won’t last too far into the 20s range of the 1st round, but the Dolphins will effectively fill a need right from the start.
- Ian Berger (@ian693)
As the Miami Dolphins head into the offseason after another dismal year, a couple of things are certain. There’s going to be a new coach, new players, new draft picks, and almost guaranteed a new quarterback. That’s right, the Ryan Tannehill era is undoubtedly coming to an end after seven long mediocre seasons.
The question is, who will replace him? Could the Dolphins future be in the NFL already? If so, where is he then?
Miami's franchise quarterback, could have just completed his rookie season in Arizona.
Since Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, it’s been rumored that he may be willing to deal 2018 first round pick Josh Rosen. This move would be made so he could, of course, draft a new quarterback. That quarterback being the recently declared Kyler Murray, who Kingsbury has said before that he would take number one overall if he could.
Kingsbury did give a glowing review about Rosen in a press conference shortly after his hiring, stating things like, Rosen was an extremely talented thrower of the football. Could the intrigue of a playmaker like Murray lead to him dealing a potential franchise quarterback before he’s had a chance to develop?
If Josh Rosen really is on the market, then the first team that should be calling, is the Miami Dolphins. At the ripe age of 23, Brian Flores could land himself the quarterback of the future without having to pay a king's ransom. Rosen’s rookie season was filled with a lot of ups and downs. He finished the season with 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. He was also sacked 45 times.
Rosen finished the season with a 66.7 passer rating. The stats aren’t really eye popping, but with the right coaching and the right pieces, he could be molded into a franchise cornerstone.
All in all, it’s time for the Dolphins to shake things up in Miami. It’s also time to move on at the QB position. For the Dolphins, it’s almost now or never.
What do you think?
This story was written by Dakota Gabel. Follow him on Twitter: @DakotasForrest
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