Ryan Fitzpatrick will be a passable starter in 2020, as the team continues the rebuild effort, but the Dolphins need a long term solution at QB. Rosen was a total flop in 2019 and the Dolphins will probably see if they can get a Day 3 pick for him.. Rudock will compete for a backup spot in training camp.
Need Level: High
Dolphins Free Agency Preview at Quarterback: Rebuilding teams don't sign QBs, they draft QBs.
Dolphins Draft Preview at Quarterback: Tua Tagovailoa is the most likely target (with Burrow almost certain to end up in Cincy), though the Dolphins could consider other talented QB prospects like Justin Herbert or Jacob Eason.
The Dolphins don't appear to have a starting caliber RB on the roster. Ballage did not make the most of his opportunity in 2019, while Gaskin and Laird have role player ceilings.
Need Level: Very High
Dolphins Free Agency Preview at Running Back: The market will include big, expensive names like Derrick Henry, Kareem Hunt, and Melvin Gordon. However, a more logical path for the rebuilding Dolphins might be to add a RB with one of their high draft picks and supplement that back with a cheaper free agent option like Carlos Hyde, Peyton Barber or Dwayne Washington.
Dolphins Draft Preview at Running Back: The prospect pool is deep and includes college stars like Jonathan Taylor, J.D. Dobbins, De'Andre Swift, and Cam Akers - all of them will likely be available in the late first, early second round rage.
Parker emerged as a star and legit WR1 in 2019, while UDFA Preston Williams flashed major playmaking upside before going on I.R. Role players like Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns are also under contract but could use some competition after both had lackluster 2019 seasons. With needs at virtually every position WR should not be considered a top priority in 2020.
Need Level: Low
Dolphins Free Agency Preview at Wide Receiver: Unless the team makes Wilson or Hurns a cap casualty, addressing this position in Free Agency isn't really necessary.
Dolphins Draft Preview at Wide Receiver: If a highly regarded WR (Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, Henry Ruggs) falls into their laps on Day 1 or 2 it wouldn't be wrong to select one - but I'd probably focus more on Day 3 as the time to add WRs.
After Parker, the other big breakout on the Dolphins offense was Mike Gesicki, who put up borderline Pro Bowl numbers in his second season. Smythe, a 4th rounder in 2018, is the presumable #2 TE.
Need Level: Very Low
Dolphins Free Agency Preview at Tight End: Unlikely to address.
Dolphins Draft Preview at Tight End: Perhaps a Day 3 selection to increase depth chart competition.
Plagued by predictably poor play in 2019, the Dolphins Offensive Line needs a major overhaul. Jesse Davis earned a contract extension in 2019 and is the likely starter at RT, while Michael Dieter, a 3rd round pick last year will likely continue to start at LG. Leaving Center, Right Guard, and Left Tackle open for upgrade or at least competition.
Need Level: Very High
Dolphins Offensive Line Free Agency Preview: Free agent options at Offensive Guard include Joe Thuney (who HC Flores knows well from days in New England), former #4 overall pick Brandon Scherff, and experienced vet Ron Leary. The Dolphins are less likely to find a starting caliber option at LT - where the only viable options are vets (Andrew Whitworth and Jason Peters) who will likely only play for a contender. In terms of Center, the top prize is probably Connor McGovern, who is coming off a strong season in Denver. Ted Karras of the Patriots could be an option as well.
Dolphins Offensive Line Draft Preview: The Dolphins will focus on rebuilding the offensive line during the draft - specifically with a few of their early draft picks. 1st round caliber OTs include Jedrick Wills Jr, Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, and Josh Jones. Top interior offensive line targets are Cesar Ruiz, Lloyd Cushenberry III, Nick Harris, and Tyler Biadasz.
Defensive Line / Edge Rush
Another unit in need of a rebuild - the only set in stone starter along the defensive line is last year's 1st round pick Christian Wilkins. Although DT Davon Godchaux will be in starting mix as well. The biggest need along the line is at Edge Rusher - Charlton flashed at times but was inconsistent, while fromer 1st rounder Charles Harris continues to underwhelm.
Need Level: High
Dolphins Defensive Line Free Agency Preview: One of this year's most prized free agents is Yannick Ngakoue who will surely be on the Dolphins radar come March. He'd immediately boost the pass rushing element this defense has sorely missed. Other big name free agent edge rushers include Jadeveon Clowney (who reportedly refused to be traded to Miami last year), Dante Fowler Jr, Bud Dupree, Matt Judon, Vic Beasley, and Emmanuel Ogbah. Top DLs include Chris Jones, DJ Reader, Leonard Williams, Javon Hargrave, Arik Armstead, and Michael Pierce.
Dolphins Defensive Line Draft Preview: Edge Rush options in the draft include: AJ Epenesa, Yetur Gross-Matos, and K'Lavon Chaisson. Top Defensive Tackle options are Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw.
The trio of McMillan, Baker, and Biegel (if they sign him to an extension) make up a solid core of LBs for the Dolphins. That said, all three are potentially upgradeable.
Need Level: Low
Dolphins Free Agency Preview at Linebacker: Outside of resigning Biegel, I wouldn't expect the Dolphins to be too aggressive in pursuing LBs over free agency. If the Dolphins do choose the aggressive route, then Kyle Van Noy, who Flores coached in New England, would be a logical target.
Dolphins Draft Preview at Linebacker: Isaiah Simmons is one the best prospects in the entire draft and would add a level of dynamite to a defense that needs impact players. Day 2 targets include Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray.
The Dolphins seem more secure at Cornerback than they do Safety, though you argue both could use some talent infusion. CB Xavien Howard's 2019 season was plagued by uncharacteristic struggles and injury but the 2018 Pro Bowler will surely return as starter in 2020. Eric Rowe, who was signed to an extension late last year, is coming off a decent season and will the be favorite to start opposite Howard. Safeties Reshad Jones and Bobby McCain both missed the majority of the season with injury and there is some buzz that the 31 year old Jones will be cut in the offseason. McCain, who was excellent in 2018 as a nickel CB, may be best suited to return to that position in 2020. The Dolphins have some intriguing young talent in Ken Webster, Cordrea Tankersley, Jomal Wiltz, Steven Parker, and Nik Needham.
Need Level: Medium
Dolphins Defensive Back Free Agency Preview: The only stud free agent Safety is Justin Simmons, if he hits the market (the Broncos have expressed interest in resigning him) he'd be a nice target for the Dolphins. Flores could also consider bringing in Devin McCourty, who he coached in New England. McCourty is a highly respected leader and still plays at a high level.
Dolphins Defensive Back Draft Preview: Xavier McKinney and Grant Delpit are considered the best Safeties in the class and the Dolphins should have an opportunity to select one of them with one of their three first round picks. Other prospects include Ashtyn Davis, Antoine Winfield Jr, and Terrell Burgess.
Sanders is an average Kicker at best and is coming off a 76.7% FG percentage in 2019 - he needs competition in training camp. Haack is a FA who's had an up and down career - the Dolphins will likely explore alternatives before attempting to resign him.
Need Level: Medium
Dolphins Special Teams Free Agency Preview: If he reaches the market, Ka'imi Fairbairn is one of the better young kickers in the league. Grizzled vets Mason Crosby and Greg Zuerlein would be upgrades over Sanders as well. Lachlan Edwards is considered the best free agent Punter.
Dolphins Special Teams Draft Preview: Rodrigo Blankenship is considered the draft's best Kicker, while Branden Mann is considered the draft's best Punter. Both will likely come off the board on Day 3 of the draft.