The Miami Dolphins are the most dangerous team in the 2020 NFL Draft and the NY Jets better watch out. Here are all the details.
Everyone is talking about the New England Patriots dynasty being over, the Buffalo Bills being the new favorites to win the AFC East (no seriously check here), and the NY Jets being the team laying in the weeds.
But perhaps the team we should be talking about is the Miami Dolphins.
Miami has a league-high 14 selections in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft including three first-round picks (5th, 18th, and 26th overall), a pair of second-round picks (39th and 56th overall), and a third-rounder (70th overall).
With that kind of ammunition, the Dolphins can walk away from this year’s draft with whoever they want. Many experts predict Miami will land one of the top college football passers in late April (Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, or maybe Joe Burrow through trade).
In 16 of the last 17 years, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East, the only team that stopped that run in the middle was the Dolphins back in 2008. If Miami can hit a few dingers with this overwhelming amount of picks, they could be the darkhorse in the 2020 divisional race. Although it’s not just about having picks, you have to execute them on draft day.
To get a better understanding of the Dolphins’ thought process heading into this thing we spoke with Phin Phanatic our sister FanSided site which covers all things Miami Dolphins. We answered all the top questions regarding the draft, what players the Dolphins are targeting, and how quickly they can turn this thing around?
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Q: It’s hard to ignore the array of draft capital the Miami Dolphins have built up, how much pressure is there on the front office to come away from the 2020 NFL Draft with several home runs?
“The pressure is really fan-driven. There are a lot of fans that will view this draft as a success if Tua Tagovailoa is drafted while others are saner and want to see the overall draft class and how they manage the picks. I think this is a big year for the Dolphins and Chris Grier the GM. He needs to show that everything he did last year when he gutted the roster and made a lot of trades was taking the team in the right direction and not just making moves to make moves.”
Q: With that being said, let’s cut the baloney thin here, which quarterback does this team really like? Tua Tagovailoa? Justin Herbert? Someone else?
“No one really knows. Rumors have suggested that Stephen Ross wants Joe Burrow but there is no way, in my opinion, that Grier gives up that draft capital to move up for him. The majority of the fanbase want Tagovailoa while others want Jordan Love. Many view Justin Herbert as a letdown draft pick but I personally tend to lean towards the idea that this is who the Dolphins are targeting. The hiring of Chan Gailey, Herbert’s Godfather, is interesting. He will run the offense.”
Q: Who are some prospects that the Dolphins (or you) have circled that you’d love to come away from the draft with and why?
“It is a broad spectrum of players. Tagovailoa and of course all the quarterbacks. Isaiah Simmons, any of the offensive lineman, Xavier McKinney or Grant Delpit to handle the safety duties, running back as well. All are priority needs for the Dolphins. One thing I will say is that Flores loves secondary players so I would keep an eye out on the corner and safety market in the mid-rounds.”
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Q: Do you believe Brian Flores is the right guy for the job? Also, there are a ton of rotting bodies of former New England Patriots assistants who have failed as head coaches, why is Flores going to be different?
“I have been drawn into this before. Tony Sparano took the Dolphins to the postseason in his first year and Adam Gase did as well. We know how those turned out. Flores is impressive in some ways and young in others. It will be a matter of how the team responds to him. Last year, the Dolphins were void of names and egos and that will continue to be the case. He is trying to establish a culture in Miami that was similar to New England but I’m holding my breath until I see real results.”
Q: How quickly in your mind can Miami turn this thing around and start competing for the AFC East?
“With what we saw at the end of last year, they could do it quickly. The players love Brian Flores and Miami was able to sign a lot of free agents without overpaying, that is a testament to Flores as well. I still think that 2022 or 2023 is where the Dolphins will make their biggest moves in the AFC and potentially taking the AFC East as well.”