As you start reading this, do bear in mind that I have no experience as a general manager in the NFL, nor do I claim to make better decisions than any GM in the league. Believing the Miami Dolphins are one season away from making it to the playoffs is also optimistic speculation, but nevertheless, I’m going to break down what the Dolphins should do in the 2020 NFL Draft to successfully rebuild, as if I were the Miami Dolphins GM for a day. Let’s dive into where the Dolphins stand today.
According to NFLPA records, the Dolphins currently have $22,682,552 in cap room. For the purpose of this, any remaining free agency signings will be ignored for now.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins own five picks in the first two rounds — fifth overall, 18th overall, 26th overall, 39th overall, and 56th overall. We only counted the first two rounds, because most of the top-tier players are gone after the first two rounds of the draft.
A lot of mock drafts have the Dolphins drafting a quarterback with the fifth overall pick. Let’s not forget, the Dolphins still have a former first-round quarterback on their roster, Josh Rosen. Although already labeled as a ‘’bust’’ by many, I believe with the right pieces and system in place, Rosen could flourish and become a solid starter for the Dolphins. I’ve been watching tape on Rosen since his days at St. John Bosco High School, and believe he has starting quarterback-caliber talent. He was listed as the number one QB coming out of high school, but those days are long gone. Nonetheless, for the purposes of this scenario, we are rolling with Rosen as our quarterback. So I am not drafting one.
I am trading away our fifth overall pick to a quarterback-needy team in return for three of their first round picks this and next year (or the best deal that comes along).
A rebuild doesn’t happen within a season, but having a bunch of first round picks in two years definitely sends the Dolphins in the right direction. In our scenario, we trade the fifth and 56th picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their two first round picks (9th and 20th) in 2020 and their first round pick in 2021.
We fall back to the ninth pick and draft offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa. There are other tackles worth drafting here if we assume Wirfs is already gone by then. The reasoning is that we want to protect Rosen, as well as our future quarterback if the Rosen experiment fails.
With the 18th pick, we’re selecting a raw edge rusher by the name of K’Lavon Chaisson out of LSU. Chaisson is going to be a great football player, and I would assume that he starts immediately because I believe he’ll adapt to the professional level fast.
With our 20th pick that we have acquired via the Jaguars trade, we’re drafting wide receiver Justin Jefferson out of LSU, a fast receiver who can get open in space. That would give us a wide receiver combo of DeVante Parker and Jefferson.
And finally with our 26th pick, the Dolphins would select running back A.J. Dillon out of Boston College. He is a big and physical running back, and he’ll be able to take some pressure off of Rosen.
So to summarize our general manager for a day scenario, our first round selections were:
9th overall: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
18th overall: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
20th overall: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
26th overall: A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
This would leave us (the Dolphins) with two first round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and a decent amount of cap space. Perhaps during the rest of the offseason, we’d be able to come to an agreement with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. A general manager can dream.
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