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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins land Joe Burrow in Maurice Jones-Drew projectionby Kevin Nogle on March 31, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images The Miami Dolphins land their franchise quarterback in the newest 2020 NFL Mock Draft from NFL.com’s Maurice Jones-Drew, but it is not the quarterback most people expect them to select. Including trades in his projection, MJD has two quarterbacks coming off the board before Miami’s fifth-overall pick - and yet the Dolphins may have landed the top passer in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals use the first overall pick to select Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, according to MJD. Then the Los Angeles Chargers trade up into the second position to select Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Suddenly, a huge target is still on the board for Miami. The New York Giants use the third pick to select Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, swapping picks with the Detroit Lions, who fall back to the fourth position and select Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown. Which lets Miami use the fifth pick to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. MJD writes, “Burrow fits perfectly into what the Dolphins want to do offensively with a quick release and untapped potential.” After Miami somehow comes away with Burrow while not using any of their other draft capital to land him, they come back up on the clock with the 18th overall selection. Here, they add USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson to bolster an already being re-built offensive line. MJD writes, “The Dolphins continue to upgrade their O-line with an athletic left tackle who can be groomed.” Then the Dolphins use their third first-round pick, 26th overall, to add a weapon to the offense, selecting Georgia running back D’Andre Swift. MJD explains, “He’s an explosive runner with cat-like quickness and has hardly any miles on his tires. Look for him to pair well in the backfield with Jordan Howard.” Could Miami come out of the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft with Burrow, Jackson, and Swift? Would it set them up to compete in the AFC East this year and for the foreseeable future?
The Splash Zone 3/31/20: Brian Flores Got His Versatile Playersby Kdog92 on March 31, 2020 at 9:00 am
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. The one trait that Brian Flores really values is versatility and if we take a look at all the new signings, you can see that most of these players can play multiple positions. The Dolphins signed Ted Karras to play center but can also slide in to play guard. Kyle Van Noy is the wildcard as he has no set position and just considers himself a football player and should thrive under Flores again. You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below. Miami Dolphins signed free agents with versatility | Miami HeraldThe Dolphins failed to convince some players, most notably Minkah Fitzpatrick, to buy into coach Brian Flores’ demand for versatility. They signed free agents who are willing to be versatile. Dolphins Offensive Line Miami Dolphins: The case for two offensive tackles - Sports - The Palm Beach Post - West Palm Beach, FLMiami could double down in the first round to protect their quarterback of future Dolphins Offseason NFL Free Agency 2020: Ranking the five teams that have improved the most so far this offseason - CBSSports.comThese five teams could surprise some people in 2020 Phinsider News You May Have Missed Miami Dolphins News 3/30/20: Jordan Howard Feels 100% - The PhinsiderWelcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. Miami Dolphins should do WHATEVER it takes to get ‘their quarterback’ in the 2020 NFL Draft - The PhinsiderMiami’s front office has an important decision to make as the NFL draft quickly approaches NFL Mock Draft 2020: Miami Dolphins projection in latest from SB Nation changes quarterbacks - The PhinsiderThe NFL Draft is just over three weeks away, with the Miami Dolphins poised to redefine the direction of the franchise with 14 picks over the three-day selection process, including three...
Monday Evening Random Live Thread-Sorry I’m Running Late Editionby James McKinney on March 31, 2020 at 1:17 am
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NFL Mock Draft 2020: SB Nation gives Dolphins options in latest projectionby Kevin Nogle on March 30, 2020 at 4:21 pm
Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The NFL Draft is just over three weeks away, with the Miami Dolphins poised to redefine the direction of the franchise with 14 picks over the three-day selection process, including three first-round picks. Will the team come out of the Draft with the pieces in place to rebuild the team after a complete tear-down last year? Can Miami position themselves to be a perennial challenger in the AFC East? Weekly, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar projects the first round of the Draft. In his latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft, he looked at potential options for each team. He made a primary selection for each club, then added a “backup” choice for the team. The backup selection had to also adhere to the way the board had fallen ahead of the selection - a team could not have a backup pick that was selected earlier in the Draft. Fifth pick Kadar started his projection of the Dolphins’ first round at the position many expect Miami to first target, but not with the name many anticipate. With the fifth-overall pick, Kadar had Miami selecting Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, despite Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still available. Would the Dolphins pass on Tagovailoa for Herbert? Kadar thinks it is possible Miami would not have that choice. He wrote of the selection, “This week’s mock isn’t projecting trades — trades will be back next week — but I do think the Chargers could jump ahead of the Dolphins for Tagovailoa. That could leave Herbert for Miami.” Kadar seems to be projecting Herbert to Miami because he believes the Los Angeles Chargers will jump the Dolphins, even without trades being in this mock, not that the Dolphins would prefer Herbert over Tagovailoa. As for the other option for the Dolphins with the fifth pick, Kadar looked toward Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons. He expained that alternate selection, writing, “If the Dolphins don’t get Tagovailoa, they could punt on quarterback until 2021 and wait for Ohio State’s Justin Fields or Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. If that happens, Clemson defender Isaiah Simmons would be fun in Brian Flores’ defense.” Simmons could be an interesting option for the Dolphins, giving them another versatile player on defense for head coach Brian Flores. He can line up all over the defense, playing in the interior or outside at linebacker or even potentially as a strong safety or a nickel linebacker in coverage. He could be exactly what Miami wants as a defensive weapon, so a selection of Simmons if the Dolphins are not sold on Herbert and Tagovailoa is not available. Eighteenth pick The Dolphins then use the 18th-overall selection, the second of their three choices, to add offensive tackle Josh Jones out of Houston. You probably know that I love Jones and think this is a perfect addition for the Dolphins, which means this pick seems right to me. Kadar said of the selection, “Miami’s offensive line needs plenty of help. If the Dolphins get a quarterback in this draft, the blocking has to get better. Jones started four years in college and should be able to step into the starting lineup as a rookie.” The option picks for the Dolphins here are USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson or Georgia tackle Isaiah Wilson. Not a lot of explanation from Kadar here, just listing those two could “be in play” for Miami if they are not sold on Jones. The pick of a tackle here does make sense, adding a young player to shore up pass protection and run blocking. The Dolphins have to fix the offensive line problems that have plagued the team for years, and the best way to do that is to continue to look for the right pieces in the Draft. No issue with any of these three prospects, with Miami able to take the player they like the most here. Twenty-sixth pick Miami came back on the clock with the 26th selection, which Kadar has being used to add to the defense. Alabama safety Xavier McKinney takes the position here, giving Miami a Swiss Army Knife type of option on the back-end of the defense - giving the Dolphins back the player they thought they had in former first-round pick and former Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitpatrick. Kadar explained, writing, “This is a repeat pick for the Dolphins from last week. After quarterback and offensive tackle, there’s a real argument for Miami’s third-biggest need between a defensive lineman, safety, and running back. In this mock draft, McKinney is the best player available at those three spots.” The pick may be the perfect one for Miami here, especially if they Dolphins are not looking to double down on first-round offensive linemen. If they are not interested in McKinney, Kadar could see them addressing the running back position. He explained, “If there is a team that could take a running back in the first round, it is Miami. The positional value is questionable, but if the Dolphins do it, Georgia’s D’Andre Swift should be the first running back off the board.” Swift makes sense for the Dolphins, though waiting until the second round to add someone like J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State would likely be possible as well. McKinney is definitely the better of the two options here. What do you think of Kadar’s mock?
Dolphins should do WHATEVER it takes to get ‘their quarterback’ of the futureby Josh Houtz on March 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Miami’s front office has an important decision to make as the NFL draft quickly approaches I think it’s crazy how far we’ve come. During the 2019 college football season, Dolphins’ fans had to convince themselves they liked Joe Burrow. And who could blame them? From the very first day of the new league year, whispers of Tank for Tua began to leak. After all, most of the fanbase has been enamored with the Hawaiian QB since the beginning of time. But for those that haven’t, anything seems to be a better alternative. I think if he never got hurt, Tagovailoa would be the best QB in this class. But no one cares what I think. After all, I liked Lamar Jackson, Josh Rosen, and oh yes, Paxton Lynch. The cold hard truth is that no one knows how a prospect will translate, and that’s even more true at the QB position. But let’s pretend for a second that the Cincinnati Bengals would be willing to part ways with the #1 overall pick. Is it crazy to think that Zac Taylor, would prefer another QB? We know he coached Justin Herbert at the Senior Bowl. And we know Herbert has often been compared to Ryan Tannehill. What if that was the QB he long desired? Spoiler Alert: Justin Herbert is better than Ryan Tannehill. What should the Dolphins do? Before I get into it, let me make one thing crystal clear. The Dolphins are going to draft a QB. This is not a theory, and no, I don’t pretend to have sources. But trust me, the Dolphins will draft a QB next month. But the question is not whether or not they draft a QB, it is which QB is the guy, and what will it take to acquire him. Joe Burrow is probably every NFL team’s #1 QB. The season he just had was the best in the history of college football. I repeat, JOE BURROW JUST HAD THE GREATEST SEASON IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. So, if Cincinnati were dumb enough to make that trade, the Dolphins would probably have an interest. But let’s assume Burrow is off the table, then what. joe burrow pic.twitter.com/37Y1cd21iU— josh houtz (@houtz) January 14, 2020 Tua Tagovailoa, no matter what I was not the first person to speak Tua’s name into existence. I did the complete opposite. I honestly didn’t think the Dolphins would ever have a chance at the once-in-a-generation QB, but here we are. I never believed there was a better QB in this class than Tagovailoa, and that remains true until this very day. We know the injury concerns, we know the durability issues, but when healthy, there are very few QBs in the country as good as Tagovailoa. And yes, we all saw the workout video that surfaced a few days ago. He’s much further along than many anticipated. If I were in charge of the Dolphins, I would do what it takes to land Tagovailoa. If that means a trade up with Washington or Detroit, then so be it. I know folks on Twitter like to pretend that they know everything. Heck, I’m one of them. But no one knows what it’s going to take to land Tua. No one knows if there will be a bidding war to get this promising young QB. Miami has to decide before April 23rd if he’s their guy and make a move. But if they do still have concerns with Tagovailoa’s health, what next? | all-22 | tua tagovailoa vs LSU thread pic.twitter.com/D9GsLVT3yS— josh houtz (@houtz) December 12, 2019 Jordan Love or Justin Herbert This brings us to the last of the top-four quarterbacks; Oregon QB Justin Herbert and Utah State’s Jordan Love. We KNOW the Dolphins have done their homework on these guys and have done so for the last several years. At the Senior Bowl, Miami got a front-row seat at both guys. Marino spoke highly of Love, and the team rushed him in last minute for a formal interview before the league offices shut down. And we know the Dolphins had a front-row seat at Herbert’s pro day, where he got along very well with coach David Lee (no one seems to know what his official role is with the team, so we’re going to stick with this). Face it, Miami has done more research on these four QBs than we give them credit for. And with a stable of Chris Grier, Reggie McKenzie, Marvin Allen, Brian Flores, and Dan ‘mf’n’ Marino, there is no better team in a position to land their franchise signal-caller than the Miami Dolphins. I know it’s ‘kool’ to dislike justin herbert, but this throw was impressive af. pic.twitter.com/928MGfzhaU— josh houtz (@houtz) February 25, 2020 We can all sit here and debate that Tua is the guy or Burrow. Maybe it’s Herbert or Love. But all that truly matters is what the Dolphins’ front office thinks. If they believe the QB of the future is Jordan Love, THEN MAKE IT HAPPEN. Same with Herbert or my personal favorite, Tua Tagovailoa. Burrow, depends more on Cincinnati than it does Miami, but you get the point. Have conviction in the QB, no matter what. Do whatever it takes to get the guy that can turn the franchise around, no matter what. I’m tired of the Ryan Tannehills, and ancient journeymen. I want greatness. We ALL want greatness. Have conviction in a guy and make it happen. I don’t know who the Dolphins will draft on April 23rd. You don’t know who the Dolphins will draft on April 23rd. But as long as they get the guy they covet, that’s all that truly matters. This article was written by Josh Houtz. Follow me on Twitter (@houtz)