* = 2019 full-time starter

Need #1: Offensive Tackle

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Julie'n Davenport (came over in the Tunsil deal, started 8 games at LT and struggled, still has some developmental upside - but not a starting caliber LT right now)
  • Jesse Davis (below average across 15 starts at RT, did show some some improvement as the season wore on, probably better suited for a swing tackle role, also has starting experience at OG)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins must add a new starting LT, and they could also consider upgrading RT.

Updates:

  • Drafted in Round 1: Austin Jackson (has the length and physical tools to be a franchise LT, but technique is raw and underdeveloped, perhaps a bit of a risk / reach at #18 - but upside is high, should get an opportunity to win LT job as a rookie)
  • Drafted in Round 2: Robert Hunt (4-year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette, started at RT in 2018 and 2019, but also has experience at OG, excellent combination of size, power and athleticism, a bit raw from a technique perspective, should get an opportunity to win RT job as a rookie)

Need #2: Quarterback

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick* (more of high-level backup than quality starter, clearly does not represent the the long-term vision... but can serve as an effective bridge for a young QB)
  • Josh Rosen (pitiful across 3 2019 starts, does not seem to be cut out for the pro game - perhaps he surprises but right now the outlook is bleak)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • Fitzpatrick can hold down the fort in 2020 but finding a long-term franchise QB for 2021 and beyond is an absolute priority.

Updates:

  • Drafted in 1st Round: Tua Tagovailoa (tremendously gifted player - effortless release and touch throwing the ball, highly accurate, impressive poise and leadership traits, also offers dangerous mobility, ceiling is that of a Russell Wilson / Kyler Murray type franchise QB... but there major durability concerns, still he was well-worth the risk at 5th overall - this could be a franchise-changing selection)

Need #3: Running Back

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Myles Gaskin (2019 7th rounder, got a chance to play late in season and only averaged 3.7 ypc - will be fighting for a roster spot in 2020)
  • Patrick Laird (2019 UDFA, made 4 starts as a rookie but averaged a horrific 2.7 ypc, did show some promise catching the ball out of the backfield)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • As its stand now the Dolphins have the least impressive RB depth chart in the league, the position needs a complete overhaul.

Updates:

  • Signed Jordan Howard (was moderately productive over a 10 game stretch in Philly last year - before a shoulder injury ended his season prematurely, runs hard but is not an explosive player, also offers little in the passing game, he is not the long-term answer the Dolphins have been looking for)
  • Traded for Matt Breida (was part of a timeshare RB unit in San Francisco, played well across his 3 seasons with the team - 5.0 ypc average and solid receiving production, speedy - 4.38 in the 40, has more upside than Howard - and could emerge as the lead back in Miami)

Need #4: Edge / OLB

Notable Free Agents:

  • Vince Biegel (versatile LB who started 10 games in 2019, showed some promise as a pass rusher, nice depth / rotational player who could compete for a starting job in 2020)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Charles Harris (2017 1st rounder, only 3.5 career sacks, still has some upside - but patience in Miami is running out)
  • Taco Charlton (recorded 5.5 sacks in a rotational role, but overall quality of play was inconsistent, was a healthy scratch late in season - which is indicative of issues with coaching staff)
  • Andrew Van Ginkel (2019 5th rounder, flashed impressive pass rush and coverage upside in limited snaps as a rookie, he is a player to watch going forward)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins need to add dynamic and disruptive edge rushers. A lack of consistent pass rush was among the most profound issues in Miami last season.

Updates:

  • Resigned Vince Biegel
  • Signed Kyle Van Noy (a key member of NE's dominant defense, very effective as both a pass rusher and sideline to sideline style LB, excellent signing - will bring much needed veteran leadership)
  • Signed Emmanuel Ogbah (former 2nd rounder, 26 years old, had 5.5 sacks over 10 games in 2019, plays the run well, nice under the radar addition)
  • Signed Shaq Lawson (former 1st rounder, had a mini-breakout in Buffalo last season - 7 sacks, strong run defense, versatile - can play anywhere along the line and at OLB, another nice signing)
  • Drafted in 5th Round: Curtis Weaver (ultra-disruptive edge rusher - 13.5 sacks and 18.5 TFLs in 2019, also had great production in 2018 and 2017, fell in the draft due to a lack of explosive athletic ability, but the productivity speaks for itself, fantastic value in Rd 5)
  • Traded Charles Harris
  • Released Taco Charlton

Need #5: Interior Offensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Daniel Kilgore* (team has option on contract, struggled as starting C in 2019 - Dolphins will almost certainly look to upgrade)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Michael Dieter* (2019 3rd rounder, struggled across 15 starts at LG, was benched at one point, he was a solid college player and still has some upside, in addition to OG he could compete for the starting C job)
  • Danny Isidora (was selected in the 5th round by the Vikings in 2019 - but traded right before the season began to the Dolphins, should have an opportunity to compete for starting OG spot in 2020)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • An upgrade is needed at center and at least one of the guard spots.

Updates:

  • Declined option: Daniel Kilgore
  • Signed Ereck Flowers (former 2015 1st rounder, started out at LT and struggled - but revitalized career in 2019 after an impressive season at OG, will be a clear upgrade in Miami - but contract seems a bit high)
  • Signed Ted Karras (started 15 games at center in NE last season, quality of play was about average - he's not an impact blocker, will not be handed starting job)
  • Drafted in 4th Round: Solomon Kindley (massive guard - 337 pounds, lots of starting experience vs. SEC competition, strength is run blocking, technical side needs refinement)

Need #6: Cornerback

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Xavien Howard (2019 season was plagued by uncharacteristic struggles and injury, but has the talent to return to Pro Bowl form)
  • Nik Needham (2019 UDFA, showed promise across 11 starts)
  • Ken Webster (2019 7th rounder, saw limited action as a rookie, but has intriguing skill-set)

Need Level: High

Need:

  • The Dolphins need to add at least one new starter and increase depth / competition.

Updates:

  • Signed Byron Jones (superb player, has the size and elite athletic ability to matchup with anyone - including TEs, only mark against him is lack of INTs)
  • Drafted in 1st Round: Noah Igbinoghene (explosive athlete, WR turned CB - so technique still needs refinement, aggressive / physical style of play, impressive tackler, has kick return experience)

Need #7: Safety

Notable Free Agents:

  • Walt Aikens (special teams ace, has been with team since 2014 - but never developed into a defensive contributor, team may go in a younger direction)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Eric Rowe (moved from CB to S in 2019 and played well, got a 3 year extension in December, locked into starting role)
  • Bobby McCain (was not a good fit at free safety in 2019 - should move back to nickel corner - a spot he previously had more success at)
  • Reshad Jones (long-tenured player, 2-time Pro Bowler, only played in 4 games in 2019 due to injury, team expected to move on)

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins need to upgrade the starting spot next to Rowe. Depth is also a need if Aikens and Jones are not retained.

Updates:

  • Signed Clayton Fejedelem (special-teams standout, a replacement for Aikens)
  • Drafted in 3rd Round: Brandon Jones (productive career at Texas, better in coverage than he is at run defense, active style of play, could push McCain for starting job at some point)
  • Signed Kavon Frazier (was primarily a special teamer in Dallas, offers more bulk than the rest of the safeties on the Dolphins depth chart, missed majority of 2019 season with injury)

Need #8: Wide Receiver

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Devante Parker (everything came together for him in 2019 - stayed healthy and put up a 72-1202-9 line, recently signed to an extension, locked-in as WR1)
  • Allen Hurns (32-416-2 in 14 games, has not gone over 500 receiving yards since the 2015 season, injuries often a limitation, will compete for slot role in 2020)
  • Preston Williams (2019 UDFA, wowed over an 8 game stretch before going on IR, has legit size and talent, a name to watch going forward, though knee injuries have been a persistent issue)
  • Albert Wilson (injuries have made him a disappointment relative to the sizeable contract he received in 2018, when healthy he is a quality slot WR)
  • Jakeem Grant (one of the league's more explosive kick returners, sparingly used on offense - but has some big-play potential as a receiver due to his speed)
  • Gary Jennings (was selected in the 5th round by the Seahawks in 2019 - but was waived in November and subsequently claimed by the Dolphins, was a productive college player and is an above average athlete - so does offer upside)

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins need to bring in competition for the WR2 spot.

Updates:

  • Drafted in 7th Round: Malcolm Perry (played QB at Navy, will shift to a WR or RB in the pros, ultra-productive in 2019 - 2,097 rushing yards and 21 TDs, undersized, not an explosive athlete but runs well, has a chance to carve out a role in Miami)

Need #9: Defensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • John Jenkins (rotational nose tackle, nothing stands out from a production standpoint, not expected back)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Christian Wilkins (2019 1st rounder, was not a pass rush or run defense force, only 2 sacks, but did lead all rookie DLs in tackles, has the talent to become more impactful going forward)
  • Davon Godchaux (2017 5th rounder, started all 16 games in 2019, solid vs the run, but did not make a noticeable impact as a pass rusher)

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins need to increase pass rush productivity along the defensive line.

Updates:

  • Drafted in 2nd Round: Raekwon Davis (had a breakout season in 2017 - 8.5 sacks, but production fell in 2018 - 1.5 sacks, and then again in 2019 - 0.5 sacks, possess a rare combination of length and athletic ability, reported maturity issues, there is some risk here... but the upside is obvious)
  • Drafted in 5th Round: Jason Strowbridge (moderate college production, but has NFL caliber length and strength, not a particularly explosive athlete, projects as a solid run defender with some pass rush upside)

Need #10: Linebacker

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Raekwon McMillan (2017 2nd rounder, had a mini-breakout in 2019, excels at run defense, has fairly strong grasp on starting ILB job)
  • Jerome Baker (2018 3rd rounder, ultra-productive in 2019, great speed, still developing, a bit undersized)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins appear to be set at ILB with two promising young players in McMillan and Baker. Depth is the only need here.

Updates:

  • Signed Kamu Grugier-Hill (part-time starter in Philly over the past few seasons, not an impact-player but offers depth and special teams ability)
  • Signed Elandon Roberts (was primarily a special teamer and rotational LB in NE, run defense is his strong suit)

Need #11: Special Teams

Notable Free Agents:

  • Matt Haack (restricted free agent, talented but inconsistent punter, will likely be tendered, but may have to win training camp competition)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jason Sanders (made 90% of FGs in 2018, but only 77% in 2019, leg strength is probably below average, team likely to explore upgrades or at least bringing in competition)

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins are in a decent position but can stand to upgrade both kicker and punter.

Need #12: Tight End

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Mike Gesicki (established himself as an effective receiving TE in 2019 with a 51-570-5 line, blocking is still an issue however)
  • Durham Smythe (blocking-specialist, only 13 receptions in 2 seasons)
  • Chandler Cox (2019 7th rounder, plays at FB, no statistical production as a rookie)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Dolphins are in pretty good shape at tight end, though they could stand to add some competition for the TE2 role.