With Free Agency all but over and the Dolphins were active trading away Jarvis Landry while cutting Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey while adding Josh Sitton, Daniel Kilgore and Frank Gore. With the 2018 NFL Draft just around the corner here is a look at the Miami Dolphins Team Needs.
Miami Dolphins Team Needs
Looking to clean up the locker room culture and free up some needed cap room the Dolphins released star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh’s production will be missed as Miami is thin at the position with Jordan Phillips and 2017 late round picks in Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor.
Two straight years of ACL injuries to Ryan Tannehill raises concerns about the future of the quarterback position. The 11th overall pick could be an option but baring a trade up the Dolphins are likely going to have to address the position on day two in hope of a developmental prospect.
Linebacking was not a strong suit in 2017 as the Dolphins didn’t have a player graded out in the top 60 according to Pro Football Focus. Getting Raekwon McMilan back should help but look for the Dolphins tap into a deep linebacking class for a starter at one of their outside positions.
The trade that sent Jay Ayaji to the Eagles was a shocking move that nobody saw coming. Instead of creating a massive hole Kenyan Drake thrived as the lead back brining explosiveness to the offense. Drake assumes the starting role but the Dolphins could look to add a power back as a compliment.
Julius Thomas had the best years of his career in Denver with Adam Gase but only managed 388 yards and three touchdowns this past season and by releasing him it saves the Dolphins 6.6 million dollars. Miami could go after former Hurricane Jimmy Graham or use a second day pick on the position.
Drafting Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersly with day two picks the Dolphins have invested in the position but still lack the shutdown corner the Dolphins desperately need. With a deep cornerback class if the Dolphins miss out in round one they can still get talent in the early second.
After trading away Jarvis Landry for salary cap reasons the Dolphins have extra money but still need to replace the 160 targets Landry received with was 4th most of any receiver. Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola were signed but a big bodied possession receiver would really round out the position.