Miami Dolphins: Top Three 2020 NFL Draft Needs

The Miami Dolphins had a horrendous start to the 2019 season. It appeared as if they were going to go 0-16 and be one of the worst teams ever in NFL history.

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Instead, Miami improved each and every single game. They finished with a 5-11 record. Even though the Dolphins finished in last in the AFC East, Brian Flores visions them to be even better next season.

Flores was in his first season as the head coach for Miami after being a defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots. He has established his own culture with the Miami Dolphins.

Miami has accumulated 14 total draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. They will have three picks in the first round. It isn’t out of the question that they could trade those picks in order to move up in the draft. It remains to be seen.

The Dolphins improved their defense in free agency. Miami will look to improve their offense through the draft.

With that in mind, what do the Miami Dolphins need as well? Also, we here at IroniqMedia will examine the top 3 needs of all 32 teams. The next team will be covering is the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback

Josh Rosen is not the answer long term after they traded for him for a fifth-round pick with the Arizona Cardinals last offseason.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is also a good journeyman. Fitzpatrick could back up and stay around the team next season, but Miami needs a starter that will take this team places for the next 10 seasons.

Miami’s first pick is at number five and this will be the slot where they draft a quarterback.

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Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama

After Joe Burrow is taken with the number one overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals, Tua Tagovailoa is the best quarterback available on the board.

Miami has the leverage to trade up with the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, or the New York Giants over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Tagovailoa is 6’0″ and weighs 217 lbs. He throws the deep ball nicely and very accurately. Tua Tagovailoa is putting workout tapes out there for teams and scouts to see.

As long as his hip is healthy, there won’t be an issue. The only issue is was he good because of the wide receivers he had in college? Also, Tagovailoa will need a strong right tackle at the next level because he throws left-handed.

It is important to have a strong blindside tackle none the less. Tua Tagovailoa is better on the run than in the pocket. It could present a problem at the next level none the less. He also 22 years old.

Justin Herbert – Oregon

Herbert is a very strong and bright kid. Justin Herbert is also very athletic. He didn’t have many elite playmakers around him in college, but his deep passing is a major issue.

There were times that Herbert missed his wide receivers by a mile. He didn’t seem as impressive coming out of college as Marcus Mariota did.

One of the reasons why people think Justin Herbert will go high in the draft because of his potential around NFL players and coaches.

He is 6’6″ and weighs 236 lbs. His mechanics were rather gimmicky at times. Herbert is really good at play-action none the less. Being good at play action at the next level is so vital.

It will keep defensive coordinators guessing. I was a little surprised that NFL.com thinks that his comparison is Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles. Herbert is also 22 years old.

Jordan Love – Utah State

If for some odd reason the Miami Dolphins don’t draft a quarterback at number five, Miami has two later round picks and they could take a quarterback in that slot. Love could very well be available.

He is 21 years old. Jordan Love might have the most upside out of any quarterback in this draft. He is very raw, but there are comparisons to Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Love has a very strong arm. He is a prototypical quarterback at 6’4″ 224 lbs. Jordan Love is going to need his mechanics fixed at the next level.

He is going to be a project like Daniel Jones was out of Duke University and Josh Allen was out of Wyoming.

Love makes some very good throws and he also did not have very good wide receivers at Utah State. Jordan Love will be good around better coaching and better personnel at the next level.

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Wide Receiver

Other than DeVante Parker, they are going to have to get some playmakers for whoever they draft at the quarterback position. The Miami Dolphins will address the wide receiver position later in the first round.

Henry Ruggs III – Alabama

If Miami decides to draft Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick, why not pick someone who played with him in college if he is available at the 18th pick?

That pick was acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade that sent safety Minkah Fitzpatrick packing after he decided to want out. Ruggs III knows Tagvailoa well and the chemistry won’t miss a beat in Miami as well.

Henry Ruggs III is extremely fast. He is 5’11” and weighs 188 lbs. His 40-yard dash at the combine was 4.27 seconds. Ruggs III also played beside Jerry Jeudy and DeVonta Smith at the University of Alabama.

Jeudy is expected to be the first wide receiver off the board and Smith would have been a first-round pick had he came out this year, but he will be one next year anyway.

Ruggs III had the ability to catch short passes and take them to distance. He also hates being beaten up at the line of scrimmage. Henry Ruggs III would be a fantastic number two wide receiver. The question is, can he be a number one? Ruggs III is 21 years old.

Tee Higgins – Clemson

I think Higgins is actually the second-best wide receiver in this draft class, but for some reason, mock drafts having him going later in the first round.

He is 21 years old. Tee Higgins jumps well. He goes up for passes and is also very fast. Higgins can also score touchdowns on the run as he did in the National Championship Game vs LSU.

Tee Higgins is 6’4″ and weighs 216 lbs. He is being compared to A.J. Green if the Cincinnati Bengals on NFL.com and that is some high praise.

Justin Jefferson – LSU

Jefferson might be the fifth wide receiver off the board in the first round. This is a wide receiver rich class none the less. Justin Jefferson played a huge role in the National Title run for LSU.

He was Joe Burrow’s favorite target. Jefferson can play anywhere on the field. He is a guy who can jump for passes and run any route you asking him too.

Justin Jefferson is 6’1″ and weighs 202 lbs. He also ran a 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. Jefferson is tremendous in zone defenses but will need to work on his man-to-man separation. Otherwise, teams are going to be thrilled with Justin Jefferson none the less at the next level.

Safety

Losing Rashad Jones in the offseason hurts the secondary, especially at safety. Who could fill this void?

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Xavier McKinney – Alabama

Miami acquired the 26th overall pick from the Houston Texans in the Laremy Tunsil (OL) and Kenny Stills (WR) trade. Wouldn’t it be weird if Tagovaiola, Ruggs III, and McKinney were all teammates in Miami next season with the Dolphins?

That would seem to be cool but would Miami actually do that? McKinney might be the best safety in this draft none the less. He is 6’0″ and weighs 201 lbs.

Xavier McKinney is very good at diagnosing plays. His IQ is through the roof. McKinney is very good at center field and picking off passes. He is 21 years old.

Xavier McKinney is also not very good at defending big players.

Grant Delpit – LSU

Delpit is a very strong safety. He is 6’2″ and weighs 213 lbs. He is very strong and LSU is known as a defensive backs university as well. Jamal Adams, Tyrann Mathieu, and Eric Reid are some of the key safeties that used to play at LSU.

Grant Delpit is a very aggressive safety. He can play downhill and stop the run. His coverage is decent will get better. Delpit is 21 years old. He also played through a high ankle sprain in 2019 and showed his toughness.

There are times that Grant Delpit takes bad angles on the run. Otherwise, he might be the strongest safety in this draft.

Ashtyn Davis – California

Davis is 6’1″ and weighs 202 lbs. He earned a scholarship at the University of California and was also a walk-on for football. Ashtyn Davis had to be redshirted his freshman year.

He is a very strong special teamer and it may give him a lengthy period of time in the NFL. Davis has decent defensive instincts right now, but the upside is there none the less. He is very fast, but he also needs discipline on the defensive side of the ball.

Ashtyn Davis could be a very risky pick in the NFL Draft. He is more likely of a second-round pick, but Davis could also be reached into the first-round.

Time is going to tell and we will see what happens none the less. Ashtyn Davis may have a higher grade on some draft boards than others.

What do you feel is the top need for the Miami Dolphins? Leave a comment below.

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