Miami Dolphins Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Miami Dolphins Draft Preview and schedule.
Miami Dolphins Draft Preview
Top needs: Cornerback, Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Defensive End
Draft Picks: Round 1 (13), Round 2 (42), Round 3 (73), Round 4 (107), Round 5 (147), Round 6 (186), Round 7 (227), (231)
The Miami Dolphins finished last season with a record of 6-10, putting them in the basement of the AFC East. After signing quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a 6-year, $96 million contract extension in 2015, Tannehill failed to produce numbers to match his contract. He was not bad by any means, just was not as dangerous as you would expect a $96 million quarterback to be. A less than ideal offensive line can take part of the blame for this, so look for the Dolphins to target some big guys up front to protect their young franchise quarterback.
However, losing versatile running back Lamar Miller to the Texans left them with a gaping hole in the backfield. If Ezekiel Elliot is there at 13, I think it would be very hard to pass on him. He is a franchise running back and arguably one of the best 5 players in this draft. An offense boasting DeVante Parker, Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and maybe Ezekiel Elliot all being ran by new head coach and offensive guru Adam Gase could be downright nasty.
The second round can go one of two ways. The Dolphins can select a guard, which has been an issue for the team ever since the arrival of Tannehill or they can grab a pass rusher to fill the void Oliver Vernon left. I believe whichever move is made in the second round, the opposite will happen in the third. For sake of putting together a preview, let’s say the Fins decide to go guard in round 2. Christian Westerman from Arizona State and Josh Garnett from Stanford are the next two guards on the board after likely first-rounder Cody Whitehair out of Kansas State. Either one of these guys can come in and start day one and give some much needed stability on the inside of the offensive line.
In the fourth rounds and further, look for a few defensive players to be taken. They have needs at corner and outside linebacker. A couple late round corners to keep an eye on are Kevon Seymour from South Carolina and Zack Sanchez from Oklahoma. Sanchez is the better playmaker of the two, but lacks ideal size. He had 13 interceptions over the last two seasons.
Miami Dolphins’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05
Week 2: Sept. 18, at New England Patriots, 1
Week 3: Sept. 25, Cleveland Browns, 1
Week 4: Sept. 29, at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu), 8:25
Week 5: Oct. 9, Tennessee Titans, 1
Week 6: Oct. 16, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Week 7: Oct. 23, Buffalo Bills, 1
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Nov. 6, New York Jets, 1
Week 10: Nov. 13, at San Diego Chargers, 4:05
Week 11: Nov. 20, at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05
Week 12: Nov. 27, San Francisco 49ers, 1
Week 13: Dec. 4, at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Week 14: Dec. 11, Arizona Cardinals, 1
Week 15: Dec. 17, at New York Jets (Sat), 8:25
Week 16: Dec. 24, at Buffalo Bills (Sat), 1
Week 17: Jan. 1, New England Patriots, 1
(Miami Dolphins Draft Preview)