When the Miami Dolphins got blown out in their first four games this year, everyone knew they were in trouble. They started off 2019 on a seven-game losing streak and appear to be stockpiling assets to prepare for the future.
The Dolphins had a lot of problems to figure out from the start, and that was before they traded Kiko Alonso, Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil, and others. The signal caller situation is also questionable with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen heading up the quarterback room.
Miami owns a plethora of draft picks in 2020 and has ample opportunity to make some major upgrades. Few 5-11 teams likely have the kind of optimism in Miami following a strong finish to the season.
Dolphins 2020 draft picks:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 31, 2019
1st: Own, Texans
2nd: Own, Saints
3rd: Own, projected compensatory pick
4th: Own, Titans
5th: Projected compensatory pick
6th: Own, Cowboys
7th: Own, Chiefs
Also: Texans’ 2021 first and second round picks
Most assumed the Dolphins poor performance and trade moves were an effort to tank for the top quarterback selection in the draft, even after trading for Josh Rosen last offseason. But now it appears like they won’t get that chance. However there are other solid signal callers they could select.
Miami is a bottom-10 team in passing and rushing, so a running back is something they should pursue as well. While they might not make such a selection with a lottery pick, they could find a hidden gem in a later round or via free agency.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Dolphins face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The AFC East faces the AFC West, which adds four more opponents. The AFC East faces the NFC West, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the AFC North and AFC South.