Much like last year there are going to be wild rumors on what the Dolphins will do in both free agency and the draft because Miami have plenty of draft capital and they are a top 10 team as far as their cap space.
So, every high-priced free agent as well as any player on the trade block will be mentioned pertaining to Miami, don’t even get me started on the draft rumors that will be flying off the shelf up to draft day.
Miami so far has been linked to these QB’s: Deshawn Watson, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton, Derek Carr and Sam Darnold.
Other non-QB names that seem to be listed when it comes to Miami: WR Allen Robinson, WR Julio Jones, DE JJ Watt, OT Orlando Brown Jr, RB Aaron Jones, RB Todd Gurley, RB Mark Ingram just to name a few. I am sure many more names will be tossed around as the official 2021 season begins starting on March 17 with Free agency and then the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29 to May 1 this year.
So, what will Miami do? More important what SHOULD Miami do?
Well sit back and let your Dolphin Seer tell you exactly what they SHOULD do, had they listened to my advice last year in the one area that did not go well for Miami this past season their Run game, Miami would have had on their roster the one player who put his team in the playoffs over Miami as the Indianapolis Colts rookie RB Jonathan Taylor by seasons end helped the Colts establish a balanced offense and a solid running game.
Taylor ran for 1,169 yards and averaged 5.0 YPC and scored 11 TD’s in his rookie season. He was the difference maker that Miami lacked and unfortunately passed up in the 2020 draft.
So should Miami go after RB Aaron Jones in free agency? Should Miami go after a free agent QB or trade for one of the top QB being dangled around? What about OT Orlando Brown Jr or a top FA WR?
Let’s talk this through…..
I like to go by order and the first order of business is Miami’s own free agents
Dolphins Free Agents and what I would do:
- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Good Bye)
- RB Matt Breida (Either or)
- LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Good Bye)
- C Ted Karras (I want back)
- LB Vince Biegel (Either or)
- P Matt Haack (Look to Upgrade)
- LB Elandon Roberts (Look to Upgrade)
- S Kavon Frazier (Good Bye)
- RB DeAndre Washington (Either or)
- WR Isaiah Ford (Time To Move on)
- WR Mack Hollins (Good Bye)
- QB Jake Rudock (Good Bye)
- LT Juliėn Davenport (Good Bye)
- DT Davon Godchaux (Time To Move on)
- LB Calvin Munson (Time To Move on)
- CB Jamal Perry (Time To Move on)
- CB Nik Needham (Either or)
- T Adam Pankey (Good Bye)
Now on to free agency:
The best way to understand what Miami might do is look at last year’s FA market. Miami was aggressive and they had a plan to build the defense and offensive line in free agency.
Much to my surprise Miami was aggressive last season in free agency and they landed some quality players who all contributed towards turning Miami’s defense into a top 10 defense in the league, I had predicted that HC Brian Flores would get Miami’s defense turned around and he did not disappoint!
- CB Byron Jones (Defense) $16.5M
- LB Kyle Van Noy (Defense) $12.8M
- DE Shaq Lawson (Defense) $10M
- G Ereck Flowers (Offensive Line) $10M
- DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Defense) $7.5M
- RB Jordan Howard (Offense) $4.9M
- C Ted Karras (Offensive Line) $3M
- LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Defense) $3M
- S Clayton Fejedelem (Defense) $2.9M
- LB Elandon Roberts (Defense) $2M
- S Kavon Frazier (Defense) $1M
I expect Miami to be just as aggressive on the offensive side of the ball this upcoming free agency period and get weapons for Tua to take his game to the next level. Miami do not need to pick up a lot of free agents just a few.
Miami’s management need to remember that they are still early in the rebuilding process, (I’d say about 50% complete) so now they can target specific positions in both free agency and the draft and once again target young veteran FA’s and follow that up with another infusion of youth in the draft and hopefully acquire more picks to take advantage of their opportunity they had to coach at the Senior Bowl.
So here is what Miami might/should do:
Miami needs to sign a free agent QB to back up Tua (no I do not think Ryan Fitzpatrick should be the one). I also do not think Miami need to trade for a backup QB. Miami should be looking for a low budget veteran to come in and both push and help Tua. I also feel Miami should draft the future back up QB from the 3rd round down.
It’s time to revamp the entire WR room and stop relying on DeVante Parker as our #1 Receiver as he has been unreliable for most of his career. I think Miami should go BIG and get WR Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears. If they miss out on Robinson there are other FA WR ‘s to consider like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, Chris Godwin or Kenny Golladay. Miami also shoud draft one of the top WR’s in the upcoming draft like: DeVonta Smith, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle or Rashod Bateman. I also would have no problem with Miami also doubling up on the WR position in the draft.
After flopping in free agency in 2020 and passing on the top RB’s in the 2020 NFL draft, I am PRAYING that Miami finally take the RB position serious! I do not want Miami to look to free agency for an RB because RB’s shelf life is the worst IMO due to the pounding they receive so after 3-4 years in the league the break down and are often injured. So, focus on the draft and double down on the RB position and invite undrafted RB’s as well as maybe after the draft find a veteran RB who was dumped by their team after the draft.
If Miami draft Alabama’s RB Najee Harris I can forgive them for passing on my favorite RB in last year’s draft who I was begging Miami to draft with their 3 first round pick in 2020, instead the Colts drafted Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin (SMH) Drafting Harris is not enough they should also take a 2nd RB in the draft from the 3rd round down like Michael Carter, Kenneth Gainwell or Javonte Williams.
The Browns have two young studs who have helped them run the ball very effectively and that is the type of running game I want Miami to possess. It’s time to draft one high and one in the mid rounds. Running game solved!
I love our TE room and don’t feel Miami needs to address that position this off-season through FA or the draft!
Miami’s offensive line did pretty well last year as three rookies ( Austin Jackson,
Solomon Kindley and Robert Hunt ) were able to cut their teeth in the 2020 season and now can build up from there, also Michael Deiter who was drafted in 2019 showed some improvement and hopefully will come to camp looking to push for a starting job. Miami is rumored to want C Ted Karras back and I agree with that move. NO! Miami should not trade for OT Orlando Brown Jr as hopefully they value draft picks like I do.
There is great depth in the draft at the O-line position and Miami can get a solid player in the 2nd or 3rd rounds like (Deonte Brown, guard, Alabama Alex Leatherwood, tackle, Alabama, Landon Dickerson, center, Alabama)
This is a group that can use another veteran preseance (Joe Thuney, Brandon Scherff, Trent Williams or Corey Linsley) and or look to the draft to bring in another young prospect to put in the mix. I like the way the O-line worked together last year, and I am more excited about the potential of Miami’s O-Line than I have been in a long time.
Miami need to add a top young veteran FA LB (Matt Milano or Jayon Brown ) and also draft a LB early, the one on my list is Dylan Moses, Alabama he might be there at 36 should Miami look to take a LB after spending the first two picks on offense.
Miami also can go either way with a DE in free agency Yannick Ngakoue would be my choice to try to acquire and Quincy Roche, Miami is a draft choice I often have taken in my mock drafts….
Justin Simmons would be a very nice pick up should Miami want to spend big on a Safety a position that needs upgrading as Miami needs to replace the CB ‘s that they have converted to Safeties as they are just not good enough!
Miami will add one or more of these players listed and they will take one more step closer to winning the division and making a playoff push.
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