Miami Dolphins 2020 Draft Recap

RD1 Pick#5 – QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama

RD1 Pick#18 – OT Austin Jackson – USC

RD1 Pick#30 – DB Noah Igbinoghene – Auburn

RD#2 Pick#39 – OL Robert Hunt – Louisiana-Laffayette

RD#2 Pick#56 – DT Raekwon Davis – Alabama

RD#3 Pick#70 – S Brandon Jones – Texas

RD#4 Pick#111 – OL Solomon Kindley – Georgia

RD#5 Pick#154 – DL Jason Strowbridge – North Carolina

RD#5 Pick#164 – EDGE – Curtis Weaver – Boise State

RD#6 Pick#185 – LS Blake Ferguson – LSU

RD#7 Pick#246 – WR/QB Malcolm Perry – Navy

That’s some haul for one draft, 11 players in all, which is actually less than the 14 picks we came in with. So how, after having 14 picks, do we end up choosing only 11, and one of them is a long snapper??? OK, I’m going to let that one slide because I think they did a very good job addressing easily the biggest shortcoming of this team, our offensive line. We traded back once and up a couple of times and I believe we really upgraded the trenches significantly in this draft.

On the offensive line, Austin Jackson, the OT from USC is a young OT prospect who needs more playing time and lots of quality instruction to groom him into a premier LT, or RT, depending on where they choose to play him. At the moment, I think with the addition of the next OL we drafted with our first 2nd RD pick, Robert Hunt, who may be groomed to play RT, or may also be groomed to play RG with incumbent RT Jesse Davis remaining at RT. All that will be worked out in time. In RD 4 we added yet another OL, Solomon Kindley who figures to be an OG. We all hoped they would address the OL, and address it they did! All of a sudden, the depth looks pretty good, we have Julie’n Davenport and Austin Jackson at LT, Ereck Flowers and Solomon Kindley at LG. Ted Karras will be the starting C and I believe Michael Deiter will be potentially be worked at C as well. Either Robert Hunt or Jesse Davis will be the RG and the other one will be the RT. OG Shaq Calhoun, OG Danny Isidora and C Keaton Sutherland round out the depth. The O-line most certainly looks more promising.

We spent the #5 on a QB, so obviously that position was heavily upgraded. I don’t stress this lightly at all, there is no reason to rush Tua on the field, especially considering the current situation with COVID-19, and the fact that all football operations have been pushed back to the point where they will most likely end up being abbreviated. We have a very capable leader in Ryan Fitzpatrick for 2020 and we have a young QB coming off a devastating injury. In my mind I’d have Tua sit the entire year and heal up but have him compete in practice with Josh Rosen to help improve his play for next season or possibly a very late season appearance depending upon our playoff potential at that point. If we’re in contention, no monkey business, but if we’re out and they want to see a healthy Tua play, I’m fine with that if he’s 100%. It will be interesting to see if we carry 3 QB’s, I would almost guarantee we will, and Josh Rosen should be one of them.

Despite our numerous additions in free agency on the DL and LB with Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah and Elandon Roberts, we remained vigilant in continuing to upgrade there in the draft. We started with DT Raekwon Davis from Alabama and added DE/OLB Curtis Weaver from Boise State. Curtis Weaver in the 5th RD was a WOW! pick. In 3 years at Boise St. Weaver amassed 34 sacks (13.5 last season) as well as an astounding (47.5) stops behind the line of scrimmage (19.5 TFL) in 2019. In RD 5 we added yet another DT/DE prospect in Jason Strowbridge from North Carolina who had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl. We came into free agency with a major weakness, and now after both free agency and the draft, we have so much more talent and potential. So many players we acquired are multiple fits, meaning they can play more than one position. It’s like DT/DE or DE/OLB etc etc. I don’t think one player will be utilized at only one spot, everyone moves around. Versatility is important in our scheme, and now we can employ it.

When we acquired DB Byron Jones, immediately you think what a CB tandem with both he and Xavien Howard. Flores loves his defense and in RD1 after a slight trade back, we selected at pick #30 DB Noah Igbinoghene. I feel like the designation DB should be used with all our guys because I think nearly all of them will be playing multiple roles. Igbinoghene looks to be a corner who will probably thrive in the slot or nickel corner spot, but he may also see work at safety like his veteran counterpart Bobby McCain. Igbinoghene is a very competitive player, very confident player and you need that at DB. Some people may look at the safety we drafted in RD 3, Brandon Jones from Texas as the replacement for Minkah Fitzpatrick, but I think Igbinoghene is as much a part of that if not more than Jones. Jones is a guy that likes to lay the wood so he may be a S/LB tweener, despite his somewhat smaller stature (5’11 200), which ironically was a part of Minkah Fitzpatrick’s repertoire.

Now what remains is to start working, see these guys on the field and hopefully we have enough time to evaluate these guys before the season starts to see how they fit best. I can’t wait to see Blake Ferguson snapping out there, I mean who can wait for that? Did we really draft a LS in RD 6? Was Tabor Pepper a problem last year? Confounding to say the least, but really, not sure why they treated that pick like a disposable pick. Did Grier and Flores both go to the bathroom simultaneously during that pick and did someone else accidentally make that pick? OK, I’m kidding but it was odd.

In RD5 we made a big move to upgrade our offense as I was probably ready to scream (OK, I WAS screaming already) where the F is our running back!!!!! Considering the fact that I was ready to pull the trigger on a RB late in RD 1 or in RD2, I was losing it that we hadn’t addressed that position yet in RD 5. The word came in that we traded our 1st of 3 5th RD picks (#151) for SF 49ers RB Matt Breida. That’s a great pick, or trade for a pick. Breida is the perfect change of pace for bruising RB Jordan Howard. He’s a speedy RB who can catch, but has had issues staying on the field. That’s the only caveat with him is he seems to get minor injuries that keep him out, missing 5 games in 3 seasons, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but considering that he was used sparingly his entire career, it’s a concern. Breida has eclipsed 150 carries once, in 2018, his most productive season. He has averaged over 5 yards a carry, quite the contrast from the pathetic 2.1YPC we’re used to. Breida had 814 yards in ’18, along with 3 rushing TD’s and 2 receiving TD’s on 27 receptions and an additional 261 yards receiving. He can help us on 3rd down as well as being a nice change of pace.

When we start making cuts after training camp (if there’s a training camp), it will be significantly more difficult to do so, as our depth after free agency and the draft is so much better. The edict was there, improve the trenches, and on that note, they will have at the very least tried their best to accomplish that. We needed a ray of hope that we have our franchise QB, and if we handle it correctly and don’t rush Tua onto the field in 2020, in 2021 we’ll have that. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a great leader, he has our guys believing and it’s no mistake that despite the quality of receivers in this draft that we passed to build the trenches. I didn’t really think we need a receiver anyway, I think we have a nice combo of young WR’s (Preston Williams, Isaiah Ford, DeVante Parker and Malcolm Perry) as well as some more veteran WR’s like Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson. It’s strange to me that so many Dolphins fans skip right past Allen Hurns, I think he may be the most overlooked player on the team, possibly with the exception of Charles Harris. (Who?). We picked up Navy QB Malcolm Perry with our final pick. Some here have suggested he can be our version of Julian Edelman. He has the wiggle and agility but he doesn’t have that insane short burst speed, which is the attribute that enables Edelman to get that quick separation from defenders, but he will probably be given the opportunity. For reference, Edelman’s short shuttle (20YD) was 3.92, while Perry’s is 4.31. That’s a HUGE difference, He may also be a gadget player because he can throw the ball as well.

I feel very pleased after this draft, and free agency. I don’t think as a whole, we could have done much better really. Sure, all of us would have liked to get this guy or that guy, we all have our favorites that went to other teams, but again, taking free agency and the draft together as steps I and steps II, we really crushed it!

GO DOLPHINS!!

#staythecourse!

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1,557 Responses to Miami Dolphins 2020 Draft Recap

  1. steveccnv says:

    First 4 games for everyone will be inter conference, so they can be cancelled, if need be.

  2. steveccnv says:

    Rock, instant replay for PI was just a biscuit thrown to the Saints for the screw job they got.

    Glad it’s gone.

    • Rockphin says:

      BOTH conference games were marred by bad calls. NEITHER team should have been in the SB last year. But yeah, I agree and good riddance!

  3. wyoming85 says:

    The Dolphins are opening with the New England Patriots.

    • steveccnv says:

      The header says at Miami, the article says it’s at NE.

      Thursday night at Jags. When is our front office going to wake up to the advantage the home team gets on Thursday. We’ve only had 1 or 2 home Thursday games the last 10 years. Cheats 9 out of 10 at home.

  4. Mike E. says:

    I think it’s funny there are schedule leaks. It seems so silly! Can people really not fucking wait until it actually comes out in about 4 1/2 hours?

  5. Tim Knight says:

    This year should be fun for us fans. Our team has been majorly overhauled, we upgraded the roster and regardless of the results it won’t be the same old same old. Oh and no more tank for Tua all season. We didn’t tank for him and still landed him anyway. 🙂

    • steveccnv says:

      Depends on your version of tank😉 It could be said, that getting rid of the players we did was tanking by lack of talent. I’ll just call it a rebuild like anyone with more than a U75.

      • Tim Knight says:

        LOL
        Remember after each win how we fucked up by winning a senseless game? That shit is over.

      • steveccnv says:

        For each game it was like they had 2 stories written before the game, neither good. Same ole terrible Dolphins or can’t even tank right.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Exactly! Now it will be about competing and winning like the rest of the league. What a concept! LOL

  6. D says:

    steveccnv says:
    May 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    What about the BS that everyone after the first guy mentions as first reported by…
    ————————————————-
    They are counting on that you have them as the source of your info, so how would you know it wasnt them that scooped it first.

  7. D says:

    I do think not having the Tank narrative have to be part of like 90% of the conversations about us will definitely be a nice reprieve. They didnt have the cognative ability to think past that tank idea to see how it was a very crafted rebuild, shedding people who would be hard to allow us any flexibility in rebuilding for ones that did and cap space that duid and draft picks that did. It was about building a Flores team instead of making Flores be stuck with a broken as fuck Gase team.

    • D says:

      The gut job they did could have easily been much bigger, they could have washed their hands clean of all the prospects that were part of the old regime, a lot of teams do that and dont get called tanking as much as we were.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Well said!

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Reshad Jones is still unsigned. I wonder if he’s gotten any offers but he’s not willing to play on the cheap?

    • D says:

      With the amount of money he has made over the years, if i were him, id play for my price and if not just id only play for a ring or pack shit up and go home. Some people its about the money, some people already have enough and its about something else now.

  9. D says:

    stangerx says:
    May 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    D — black dude had two armed bubbas (seen a pic?) chasing after him in a pickup truck. What the heck would you have done? And no indication he did anything criminal.
    ———————————————————————
    Dont wanna kick this back into discussion, but i do what ya to go back and read my post Stanger, because the reply to it doesn’t seem like it belongs direct to my comment.

    • stangerx says:

      If you think my reply did not belong there then I retract. Still thought a valid point, but if I put in the wrong stream apologize.

    • D says:

      Definitely a valid point, but i was just wondering what i had said that made you think i didnt see it that way lol.

      • stangerx says:

        D — thought was just amplifying part of what you said. Thought you did see it that way.

    • Tim Knight says:

      That video was awful. How about calling 911 if you think there is a problem. SMH

  10. wyoming85 says:

    After driving for a month with limited traffic, I’ve come to the conclusion that these F$%CKIN idiots can go back to lockdown!

    • Tim Knight says:

      By me some people thought it was a speedway on the highways. Some people riding in the streets on illegal dirt bikes and ATVs with no helmets. Thinking it’s okay to go through red lights if it was clear. It doesn’t take much to see anarchy.

  11. Phindog says:

    Although in SoCal we have had an 80% increase of tickets and jail time for people going 100 mph +
    Idiots!!

    • Tim Knight says:

      There are signs on the highways here that say speed and it’s a mandatory court appearance.

  12. wyoming85 says:

  13. wyoming85 says:

  14. Tim Knight says:

    Anyone know much about RB De’Lance Turner?

  15. manitobafinfan says:

    Kinda weird we play Jets on both sides of the bye week

  16. manitobafinfan says:

    Also appears 16 games are not happening this year as I had seen mentioned once or twice

  17. steveccnv says:

    Prime time, besides Jags?

  18. Phindog says:

    Fest could fall to the Chargers game. Their fans don’t fly to games so the tickets will be cheap. If they allow peeps in the stadium by then.

  19. Mike E. says:

    LOL Doggy – Mike’s a great guy. He actually had COVID-19, he’s feeling much better now though.

    • Phindog says:

      Just Busting Balls. Every time we saw the Dolphins at Chargers their fans were awesome. I’m sure Mike is cool as hell and hope he’s healing from Covid.

  20. Mike E. says:

    Toba – Go to both, you take about 30 vacations a year, just do it!

  21. manitobafinfan says:

    And SF game looks like Canada Thanksgiving……

  22. wyoming85 says:

    I may squeeze a 9/3 trip to NO!

  23. son of a son of a shula says:

    Who, come to the Fest game whatever it ends up being

  24. steveccnv says:

    Week 16 at home

  25. steveccnv says:

    Seems Alabama had 4 great WRs or was it Tua?

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Before the draft I was putting on the WR .. 🤔
      Now that he’s a Fin , It Was him !!!!!🤡👍

    • Tim Knight says:

      Both! Good receivers will always make a QB look better. But Tua had to make the throws and he did. His stats are off the charts. He’s very accurate, he’s a leader and a competitor. The questions about him are his size and durability. We shall see.

      Oh and his arm is superior to Tebow. Just saying. 😉

    • Ken says:

      Alabama had a lot of great WRs. Alabama also had a great QB

  26. bookman11 says:

    Mike, whatever you do, do NOT bring a friend of the opposing team to a Fest game, their team will win….unless that only happens to me.

    • Mike E. says:

      He already told me he can’t make it, he has another trip planned at the time. No worries!

      BTW – The Diet Dew my wife had purchased for my sister in law, that’s why I had no idea why we suddenly got it.

  27. steveccnv says:

    At Buffalo week 17 and at jets Nov 29 only cold games. No Monday night so that’s good.

  28. olddolphan says:

    I believe I was the first guy on this site to suggest LAC @ MIA (Herbert vs. TUA) would be a great FEST game. –HOPE IT HAPPENS late October.
    ——————–
    WELL I WANTED NEW ENGLAND as the opening game, and I GOT IT!! –TROUBLE IS 4 of our first 6 games are ON THE ROAD. By the time we play LAC and LAR, our home HEAT advantage will have faded.
    ——————-
    I’m SURE NEW ENGLAND will be a big favorite week #1 at FOXBORO. But consider this: which team has the better quarterback? Which team won when they played in week #17 last season in Foxboro? AND, DARE I SAY IT? WHICH TEAM IS BETTER COACHED?? ALL the cheating in the world didn’t save New England’s ASS last time!!!. HOW GREAT would it be if Miami beat the Cheats in Foxboro AGAIN?? How great would it be if Miami faced the Bills in week#2 at Don Shula Field coming off a “shock the World” opener ????
    —————-
    MOMENTUM, BABY, MOMENTUM!! –It’s all there for the taking in week #1.

  29. wyoming85 says:

    I can’t believe nobody got just a little wood thinking about the Burrow VS Tua showdown on 12/6!

    • olddolphan says:

      MY HOPE IS MIAMI will still be in the playoff picture. DOUBT that Cincy will, so the game will mean MUCH MORE to Miami (which also has the BETTER TEAM).

  30. Ken says:

    Early vote for Dolphins Chargers for the fest

  31. wyoming85 says:

    Fuck-em!

  32. olddolphan says:

    WYOMING: Regarding your “WOOD” comment; How about KC and Mahomes at MIAMI and TUA?? I know, that’s “The Impossible Dream,” right??

  33. Tim Knight says:

    I really feel if Tua is good to go physically, he’ll play sooner than later.

  34. Tim Knight says:

    I could see us at 3-3 and then we go on a run. I think we have more talent than people think.

  35. olddolphan says:

    I DO, TUA, er, TOO, TIM!! This team has YOUNG TALENT and plenty of it..
    MEANWHILE, the Pats have Bill Belicheat minus Tom Boy. Now remember this: Belicheats’ record as HC of the Browns was 36-44 (which got him FIRED just as the team was leaving for Baltimore!
    ———
    His first year in New England he was 5-11, and Brady didn’t start a single game!
    SOOO-O-O, Belicheat was a combined 41-55 as an NFL coach in his pre-Brady years.
    AM I the only person on the planet who believes Belicheat will retreat to his non-Brady level of success in the coming years? Maybe I am.
    But there’s not very much in Belicheat’s non-Brady portfolio to indicate he’s “the G.O.A.T.”
    There’s absolutely NO REASON for this young Miami team to feel intimidated by the week #1 game in FOXBORO. If anything, it’s the Patriots who SHOULD feel intimidated. After all, they LOST to Miami in a game tthat had REAL MEANING to the Pats in week#17 last season. If the Patriots couldn’t win WITH TOMBOY, what makes people think they can win WITHOUT TOM BOY??
    ———
    DON SHULA made a career winning with all kinds of different teams and different quarterbacks. Belicheat has yet to do this. He is a “One quarterback wonder.” And I predict he’ll be remembered as a coach who had great success with Brady but very little success without him.

    • Phindog says:

      I hope you are right !!!!

    • Tim Knight says:

      Not true! Belichick went 11-5 with Matt Cassel most of the year in 2008 but missed the playoffs, and went 3-1 with Jimmy G and Jacoby Brissett in 2016 when Brady was suspended 4 games for deflate gate. So he’s 14-6 when he’s had to play without Brady.

      • olddolphan says:

        SO YOU’re saying his 41-55 record before Tom Boy started his first game doesn’t count?? I think it does. Anyway, one of us will be proven right in the next few years.
        OUT FOR TONIGHT.

  36. The Flying Pig says:

    I secretly hope we do see Tua play this year Tim

    But I’m trying to contain my enthusiasm so I don’t run out and buy a jersey

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Noa Jerzey for Yua

      • The Flying Pig says:

        Even if I say

        “I just bought my One Tua jersey”?

        I just noticed Tua sounds good with a conch too

        Tuuuaaassaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
        (Blowing in a conch)
        Tuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

        We are doomed…

  37. The Flying Pig says:

    If Tua didn’t want me to buy his jersey
    He wouldn’t have picked #1

    But he picked 1

    And that just sets me up for endless
    One-ah, Tua, Three-ah, Four-ah”

    I have to buy that jersey
    It’s Tua tempting….

  38. The Flying Pig says:

    Prediction

    Tua will make his first start in Week Tua
    And throw for Tua hundred yards and Tua TDs

  39. The Flying Pig says:

    Are fans excited?

  40. manitobafinfan says:

    #1 does look strange on our Jersies.

    I will grow to love it I hope

  41. The Flying Pig says:

    I might buy Tua jerseys, home and away!

  42. The Flying Pig says:

    I just noticed our BYE is 3 weeks long this year

  43. manitobafinfan says:

    I see us undefeated for at LEAST 3 weeks

  44. Mike E. says:

    Ken – I think we can have a Fest w/o actually going to the game. We could go to Bokampers on the Water and get a couple of tables and chow down and watch the game the there. I think it will be at least as much as fun, as long as Bokampers doesn’t still have limited capacity at that point by law.

  45. wyoming85 says:

  46. D says:

  47. Rockphin says:

    I see 5 losses in our home schedule.

    • steveccnv says:

      Lol, what do you see in our away schedule Nostradamus.

      Without a clue of how our team is going to look on the field, with the new OL and new D, but then again, if the sports writers can predict this early…

  48. Rockphin says:

    That Jets / Bye / Jets match up will be interesting. They have their bye the same week so we will play, go home for 2 weeks two get ready to play again.

    It should be fastinating to see what kind of adjustments (or not) are made by each team during the bye to get ready for the rematch.

  49. steveccnv says:

    Strowbridge and Kindley have signed contracts 9 to go.

  50. Rockphin says:

    so, that makes MY uneducated prediction (as apposed to the writers’ uneducated predictions) 7-9 season.

  51. Rockphin says:

    Regarding SOS

  52. Rockphin says:

    We finally get a late season bye week! Week 11 is a good week for the bye to fall. That is great compared to week 4 (or week 1 like we had with the Hurricane)

  53. steveccnv says:

    U75s are finally starting to come around🤔 SOS above

  54. Mike E. says:

    We had Week 11 as our BYE week in 2018. 7-9

  55. Rockphin says:

    Son of a ……….Son

  56. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!

  57. Ken says:

    So I had a very vivid dream last night about the opening game vs the Patriots. We got out to a 22-6 lead in the first half. Tua was playing and threw his first TD pass. The Pats came back to take a 23-22 lead. But then we went on a drive, converting a key 4th down and 3 when an unnamed RB wearing #43 was stopped short but was brought down by a face mask. We got a FG and took a 25-23 lead. The Pats got the ball back and then I woke up. I don’t know how the game ended.

    I have to stop drinking before going to bed

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