The Miami Dolphins got off to a terrible start in 2019 and lost their first seven games. They proceeded to trade away their most valuable assets in exchange for 2020 draft picks throughout the year once things started going downhill. That gives the Dolphins a ton of flexibility to build a new team in April.
Miami has the three first round picks and 14 picks overall. It is expected to draft a quarterback with the fifth overall pick after Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen were underwhelming last season. But there are also a ton of other needs it should address.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, pick 5 — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Round 1, pick 18 — Austin Jackson, OL, USC
Round 1, pick 26 — Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Round 2, pick 7 (No. 39) — Robert Hunt, OT, UL
Round 2, pick 24 (No. 56) — Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
Round 3, pick 6 (No. 70) — Brandon Jones, S, Texas
Round 4, pick 5 (No. 11) — Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
Round 5, pick 8 (No. 154) — Jason Strowbridge, DE, UNC
Round 5, pick 19 (No. 164) — Curtis Weaver, LB, Boise State
Round 6, pick 6 (No. 185) — Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU
Round 7, pick 32 (No. 246) — Malcolm Perry, RB, Navy
Round 7, pick 37 (No. 251) — Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
Fitzpatrick was meant to be a short-term fix under center and it doesn’t seem like Rosen will make a big jump ahead of the 2020 season. Miami needs a player who can be a stable building block capable of leading the team out of its slump.
The Dolphins gave up 56 sacks in 2019. It’s difficult for any signal caller to thrive under these conditions, and the ground attack suffered too. Miami finished dead last in rushing yards (1,156) and could benefit from an upgrade at running back after trading Kenyan Drake.
Miami replaced star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick by signing Byron Jones, but has other holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. It had fewer sacks (23) than any team in the NFL last season. Getting after opposing quarterbacks is important, so making upgrades on the defensive line will be important for the Dolphins.
Dream first pick
The Dolphins are looking for their franchise quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa could be that for them. Miami isn’t climbing to the top of the AFC East anytime soon, so their’s time for the young signal caller to develop while his team continues to develop the boatload of assets it will acquire throughout the 2020 draft. Tagovailoa has the poise, accuracy, and decision-making to play for a long time. But his health needs to sorted out before that happens. Sitting for a year in Miami and getting back to full strength could be the best thing for his development.