Miami Dolphins 2020 NFL Draft Recap
Entering with 14 total draft picks, we all knew that the Miami Dolphins would be looking to make a splash in the draft. Speculation over their three first round picks was talked about more than anything. Ultimately, I would say that three simple words could be used to describe each and every draft which will be how I approach my draft recap articles! (Dolphins, Chargers, Bears, Rams) Sit back and relax as we dive into the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
The Good: Tank for Tua? Bypass the injury risk with Herbert? Or trade up for the tiger king Joe Burrow? Every rumor connected to the Dolphins this offseason involved the quarterback position in some sort of fashion, I saw analysts even saying that they might instead Tank for Trevor! Tua Tagovailoa will define a decade of Miami Dolphins football with his dominant presence on and off the field. Truly do believe this is the right pick for THIS TEAM for two reasons; it’s who the fans wanted, so tickets and merchandise will be sold instantaneously and secondly you didn’t have to move extra picks (aka take on more risk) to get him. If he busts I don’t think anyone will seriously blame the Dolphins organization because Tua is that upside number one overall player that every team would love to build around. Once Tua was selected the question then shifted to “how do we protect him?”, I seriously thought they would try and make a jump up to grab one of the “fantastic four” offensive lineman. Thankfully the Dolphins used two out of three of their next picks on offensive lineman which will both start right away and fill major gaps. We can argue all day about whether Austin Jackson was reached on or if Robert Hunt was the “wrong pick”, but at the end of the day the Dolphins made the right decision because they realized a need and addressed it. On top of all that above, there were two extremely good moves that the Dolphins made late in the draft, one of which could have some fantasy football implications! Both came in the fifth round, so let’s start with their actual pick which was Curtis Weaver the “tweener” edge rusher out of Boise State University. There’s really no clear reason why he fell this far as some media outlets had him ranked within their top 100 players of the draft class. I expect Weaver to have a chip on his shoulder and use that to fuel his play, which should be pivotal for rebuild. Matt Breida though! How could anyone not love one of the most electrifying running backs heading to Miami for a fifth round pick. Breida has been plagued by minor injuries, depth chart, and then of course last season Raheem Mostert with his sudden emergence, so to come in as a thunder and lightning with Jordan Howard is just a huge win for the Dolphins and their fans.
The Bad: You’ll notice that this section will be much shorter than the previous because the Dolphins simply had a good draft and addressed the many needs of their team. I’m all aboard the hype train and excited to see what the future holds. That being said...I’m really disappointed with the lack of aggression in the first round. Teams knew last season that you couldn’t pass on Xavien Howard, so naturally the Dolphins addressed the need by getting another press corner in Byron Jones. Why then would you draft Noah Igbinoghene who not ONLY has played cornerback for two years, but profiles similarly to Jones and Howard! The pick becomes even more frustrating as you notice that Jeff Gladney went the very next pick, my third ranked cornerback in this class! I would’ve loved to see the Dolphins either trade up for Tristan Wirfs or selfishly have them take one of the two running backs that went before their second round pick. Another bad move was in the second round when the Dolphins selected Raekwon Davis instead of filling the need of defensive tackle. Players such as Justin Madubuike and Neville Gallimore would’ve provided much stabler options in terms of run defense and tackle for loss ability. Overall to summarize I just would’ve liked the Dolphins to draft a stud running back in Clyde Edwards-Helaire or D’Andre Swift and also fill the need of defensive tackle.
The Ugly: If you’ve made it this far in the article then thank you again for the support and for actually taking the time to read this. Means a lot. Ok now, what were the Dolphins thinking in rounds 6 and 7! At this point you haven’t taken a running back, you haven’t taken a wide receiver...Tua needs his weapons! I was just absolutely shocked to learn they drafted a long snapper...really there’s nothing to even say about that besides UGLY! If they would’ve selected Donavan Peoples-Jones then this draft honestly would be considered perfect by my standards because I fully believe that DPJ will be a successful starter for the Cleveland Browns. Another good option would’ve been James Proche, both players have been covered on this site go check out their articles to see why I’m in love with them. The ugliness doesn’t stop there unfortunately because the Dolphins decided to draft another running back (quarterback/receiver/hybrid), after already trading for Matt Breida. Y’all might think I’m reaching here but just doesn’t make sense to draft Malcolm Perry, would’ve much rather have seen them draft someone like Brian Cole who played a hybrid safety/linebacker role in college. Again, this is not the worst draft. The Dolphins overall are given a B+ for their effort to rebuild the offensive line, draft defensive pieces to build the team, and of course complete the tanking for Tua. Let me know down in the comments how you felt about this draft and if there were any changes you would have made!