Miami, like many teams, are in need of upgrades in many positions. There’s very few if any positions that are rock solid from a depth standpoint.
When looking through the current roster, I see glaring needs in 3 areas that outshine other positions. First, of course, being the Offensive line. Miami’s line improved as last season progressed but they still have a long way to go in order to be in a position to protect Ryan Fitzpatrick and more importantly the QB of our future. (Whomever that may be)
Brandon Scherff – Offensive Guard
Washington Redskins offensive guard Brandon Scherff has emerged as one of my favorite targets. However, I believe Washington won’t let him sign anywhere else. Not to mention the high price tag that will accompany Scherff.
With that in mind, I’m looking to Tennessee and Jack Conklin. A dominant Right Tackle and will most definitely create a stir in the free-agent market. Conklin appeared in all of Tennessee’s 2019 regular and post-season games. and allowed just 3 sacks.
The standout from Michigan State Conklin would bolster the line with a contract that has the potential of being only half of what former Dolphin OT Laremy Tunsil will require from his landing spot after the 2020 season.
Dante Fowler Jr. – Outside Linebacker
Former Gator Dante Fowler Jr, at 26 is still one of the Rams top defensive players. At 6’3” the 267 lb linebacker could fill a pass rush void and help a Miami Dolphins team that could use a little help getting to the quarterback.
The versatile player registered 11.5 sacks in 2019 and can be used in the trenches to stop the run and can cover tight ends when needed.
Melvin Gordon. – Running Back
Miami needs a running back other than 37 yr old Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Kenyan Drake being shipped to Arizona, Miami relied on an RB committee of Ballage, Laird, Walton and Gaskin. All of which combined for less than 700 yards on the season. To be fair, most backs would have found it difficult to find yardage with Miami’s offensive line struggles, hence why the Oline is the first position to top this list.
While I believe the best way to fill this need is through the draft with a young player such as the University of Georgia’s D’Andre Swift, there are several players on the free-agent market who are or have been proven chain movers at one point.
Tennessee’s Derrick Henry is the top choice but it is unlikely that he’ll make it past the Titans parking lot.
A notable signee would be Melvin Gordon. The LA Charger had his production drop off in 2019 from 2018. Gordon, while missing 4 games, still rushed for 612 yards on 162 carries last season.
With a slight drop off (5.1 to 3.8 average yards-per-carry), the Chargers workhorse is still considered a top back at the age of 26.
The Wisconsin back has spent his pro career in comparison to LAs Todd Gurley and could possibly be signed to an incentive-based contract to protect the Dolphins from further production drops if Miami’s Oline is unable to make the leap.
An interesting off-season is on the way as the Dolphins are ready to get bidding and utilize their top cap space