Miami Dolphins Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up
Last weekend the Dolphins did a great job of addressing their biggest positions of need heading into the draft. In order for them to do that, they had to be extremely aggressive in making draft day trades. Throughout the span of the three-day draft, the Dolphins made four trades, two of which were so that they could acquire a 2nd round pick and a second 3rd round pick.
With four picks in the first three rounds, the Dolphins were able to take highly valued prospects at their three biggest positions of need. The Dolphins pounced on the opportunity to take arguably the most talented player in the draft, when offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil slid to them at 13th overall because his twitter account was hacked to post a video of him smoking marijuana using a gas mask was posted. Next, they moved to complete an overhaul of their cornerbacks by taking Xavien Howard in the second round. Finally, they took Alabama running back Kenyan Drake hoping that he will be able to form a RB by committee with Jay Ajayi that will be able to replace Lamar Miller. With their second 3rd round pick the Dolphins drafted WR Leonte Carroo to add him to their already talented core of young receivers.
While the Dolphins did a good job of scratching some of their biggest needs off their list, there are a still a couple of positions that are lacking in talent. As we head towards mini camp, here are the positions that Miami Still needs to figure out.
1. Pass Rusher
The Dolphins did a good job of replacing Oliver Vernon when they brought in Mario Williams. However, before the offseason started there were going to be questions about their pass rush even if they brought back Vernon. Cameron Wake missed most of last season with a torn Achilles, which is not an easy injury to come back from. There is no guarantee that Wake will have been able to regain 100% of his capability to explode out of his stance, which would dramatically affect his ability to beat opposing offensive linemen and get to the quarterback. It would benefit the Dolphins greatly for them to keep an eye out for any free agent pass rushers still on the market, or once teams cut down their rosters in training camp.
2. Running Back
While the Dolphins did address their needs at running back in the third round with Kenyan Drake, that doesn’t mean that their problems at the position have been solved. Drake is best suited as a third down and change of pace back. Miami took Jay Ajayi last year in the 5th round. They had hoped that they had found a steal in the late round, but in the limited opportunities he got to show case his talent last year, Ajayi failed to impress.
The Dolphins’ coaching staff has stated that Ajayi will be their starting back, but that doesn’t mean that they should gamble by not making sure they have several back up plans in place. Running back is a position that usually has a bunch of veterans become available during training camp, so the Dolphins should be keeping close tabs on the waiver wire this summer.