Miami Dolphins 2017 Team Needs
Miami returned to the playoffs in Adam Gase’s first season a Head Coach and the Dolphins appear to be on the upswing. Miami has plenty of cap space but they also have a roster built largely on free agency. Adding some cheaper and younger alternatives for the next few seasons, and beyond, will be critical if the Dolphins plan to perennially compete for the playoffs.
Primary Needs: TE, OG, DE
Secondary Needs: DT, LB, CB
Free Agency Strategy: The Dolphins have already been linked to tight end Julius Thomas in free agency, which makes sense given Thomas’s best seasons came under Adam Gase in Denver. With $41 million to spend Miami can also afford to target at least one other premium player along either line, or even chase a cornerback lik AJ Bouye. Dontari Poe would make a nice replacement for Earl Mitchell and Brandon Fusco could start immediately at guard. Resigning some of their own players like Kiko Alonso and Kenny Stills should be an area of focus for the Dolphins as well.
Draft Strategy: The Dolphins will be picking lower than they have in recent years and should probably just let the draft come to them. Other than running back and offensive tackle there isn’t really a position that the team can’t use some help with so taking the best player available approach should work well for Miami. OJ Howard would be the best of both worlds should he be available. Derek Barnett, Carl Lawson, and Taco Charlton could all be considerations for the team at defensive end. Marlon Humphrey could slip to the Dolphins and there will be a linebacker like Zach Randolph or Jarrad Davis available in the late first round area.