2021 Position Outlook – DL

The Dolphins are building a nice foundation of young defensive players along the defensive line. The last 2 years, the Dolphins drafted 2 key pieces for the D-line, 2019 1st RD pick (#13) Christian Wilkins and 2020 2nd RD pick (#56) Raekwon Davis. WIlkins has played a ton of snaps at both NT and DE while Davis slowly increased his playing time at NT, especially after NT Davon Godchaux went down due to injury. Godchaux who was drafted in the 5th RD of the 2017 draft had been a very solid, if unspectacular player for the Dolphins. He played all 16 games in 2019 finishing with 75 tackles, 7 QB hits and 4 TFL along with 2 sacks. He’s a free agent in 2021 and I’d like to sign him, even with the emergence of Raekwon Davis. The problem is, the salary cap shrunk this season due to COVID-19 ramifications to revenues but if he’s willing to take a deal with the team that’s cap friendly, he may be back in the fold.

Emmanuel Ogbah made a big impact early in the season but then almost faded out and disappeared later in the season. Through the first 8 games of the season, Ogbah had 7 sacks. The 2nd half he managed on 2 more sacks in 8 games. Ogbah will be a free agent after this season. That could be good for the Dolphins in 2021 because Ogbah will be playing for his next contract, whether that’s here or somewhere else. Another important free agent acquisition, although it was late 2019, not 2020 was DE Zach Sieler. Sieler was a pleasant surprise last season. Sieler was a 7th RD draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens. What nice gem unearthed by the Dolphins. Sieler barely got any playing time in Baltimore but the Dolphins obviously saw something there. He played 52% of the defensive snaps last season and he was very active if you watched the games.Sieler finished with 48 tackles, and check this out, 11 tackles for loss. That’s getting into the opposing teams backfield a lot, and finishing the play.He also added 11 QB hits and 3.5 sacks.

Raekwon Davis, the giant on the DL got 12 starts at NT last season. His presence may allow the Dolphins to move on from Davon Godchaux, that will depend on how much it takes to keep Davon here and how much he wants to be here. Davis is such a presence on the D-line at 6’6 311 and I think he might get even bigger and add more bulk. Davis showed a lot of promise last season. I think what we really need is another pass rusher. That can be accomplished by getting either a DE or a pass rushing OLB. In the 2021 NFL Draft, edge rusher Gregor Rousseau would be a nice pick. Very long, and not just another speed guy. Rousseau actually wins with leverage and technique. Rousseau is 6’7 260 and has elite size. One caveat is he only gave 1 full season of production. He opted out last season due to COVID-19, but in 2019 he had a great season for the Miami Hurricanes, posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. forced 2 fumbles and recovered 1. That’s making an impact! Other edge rushers would be Michigan’s Kwity Paye (6’4 272), MIami’s Jaelan Phillips (6’5 266), Pitts Patrick Jones II (6’5 260) and I’m sure as always, you have your favorites not yet listed.

We could also be looking for a DT/DE in the draft. Alabama’s Christian Barmore (6’5 310), slightly undersized Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike (6’3 288), Iowa’s Daviyon Nixon (6’3 305). I do think there is potential we can re-sign Davon Godchaux, he definitely excelled here, but he may only be a rotational piece in our defense and therefore he could easily get outpriced if he can get starter money elsewhere. Carlos Basham Jr. (6’5 280) is another athlete can play multiple positions. He could play either DE or inside on pass rush downs. He has the size, length and quickness and is very disruptive spending a lot of time in opposing teams side of the LOS. In free agency, there are quite a few young D-linemen available. I can’t see us spending major money on one, but Leonard Williams (27), Larry Ogunjobi (27), Trey Hendrickson (27), and Deatrich Wise (26). We also have our own depth guys that will hopefully take a step forward like DT Benito Jones and DE Jason Strowbridge. I don’t expect us to be active much in FA but we may choose to get one or two pieces on either side of the ball.

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326 Responses to 2021 Position Outlook – DL

  1. pheloniusphish says:

    Stanger – I agree that flags at half mast should be reserved for special people. Then again they lower them for politicians so maybe it’s too late.

    • stangerx says:

      Everybody hates politicians…. we do elect them to lead the country. Not sure why that hits me, but maybe cause think us lawyers get a bad rap too. 🙂

      • pheloniusphish says:

        We elect politicians to represent, not lead. They get to DC and become confused.

      • stangerx says:

        So how do they represent? Put out an internet poll on every bill amendment?

      • steveccnv says:

        No wonder we can’t talk politics here, the right thinks politicians are elected to represent, as in do what they said they were going to do, when they ran, and the left thinks politicians are elected to lead, as in do what they say, because they mnow what’s best for us🤪

      • steveccnv says:

        They represent by doing what they said they were going to do, unlike Joe changing his story every other day, but maybe he forgot what he said the day before, so he gets a pass

      • stangerx says:

        steve — I am from the right and have been in the muck of passing a bunch of laws. It’s really as not as simple as you make it decision to decision. On one bill their might be say 10 points of choice along the road and nothing other than maybe the general concept ever mentioned to the people who elected you.

      • steveccnv says:

        At the politician level it may not be simple, but at the voter level it should be.

        Why is it so hard for a politician to do what they say?

        I’m not talking about when they have to negotiate, I’m talking about the straight up lies

      • stangerx says:

        Lies do happen, but then sometimes you just can’t accomplish what you promised. That goes for even presidents. Lower down there are 435 people in congress and 100 senators… sometimes they don’t agree. And sometimes you have to give up on this or that to make another thing you promised happen.

      • steveccnv says:

        You’ll probably disagree, but Trump at least tried to do what he said. Bring back jobs, drain the swamp, build the wall, America first, build the economy, end endless wars, dismantle ISIS…

        What other president has ever tried to do anything close to what he ran on?

      • stangerx says:

        Trump tried to do what he promised but didn’t always work out. Not like Mexico paid for the wall or there was a big infrastructure bill. But that is sorta of my point. Do agree that Trump’s goals where different than other presidents. Some I liked and some I didn’t.

  2. bailbondmike says:

    Piggy, Deon Jackson has grown on me a bit as a late pick. Unlike the others, he has some speed to go with his 6’0 220 pounds.

  3. steveccnv says:

    Aiight I’m completely off of the Najee train at 18, but if he’s there at 36 I’m all over him

  4. steveccnv says:

    Stay at 3 and take Penei, or trade down and get a top 3 WR

    Or trade down 5 times in the first and take who cares we have plenty of picks

    At 18 I want a pass rusher or LB

    RB at he top of 2nd

  5. The Flying Pig says:


    I agree that you can get a productive back on day 3

    But sometimes a player like Harris, Etienne or Williams can be the driving force of an offense and really take the offense to the next level

    Traditionally a lot of the nfls best backs go on day 1 or 2 of the draft

    You can still add good ones later

    What would the titans be without Henry, or the Browns without Chubb or Vikings without Cook

    In 2021 and 2022 and the next couple of years, we are going to have to be a better team than the bills

    It might be one of two big plays that make a difference in those games
    So an elite RB might be a difference maker in those close games

    I personally really like Javonte Williams, so I think we have a little room
    To wait until the 2nd round to get a RB

    But I do want to add one of those big 3 RBs – I think we will need those kind of playmakers to match up with the Bills

    • steveccnv says:

      I completely agree, any of the top 3 will do, I just don’t want one in the first, because we have some front 7 needs on D.

  6. stangerx says:

    Peter King’s suggestion for our Watson trade offer.
    Peter King Proposal: Miami trades defensive end Christian Wilkins, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, first-round picks in 2021 (third overall) and 2023, and second-round picks in 2021 and 2022 for Watson. In essence, Miami is trading the 13th overall pick in 2019 (Wilkins) and the fifth overall pick in 2020 (Tagovailoa), plus two ones and two twos for Watson. Advantage for Miami is the deal would leave the Dolphins with first-round and second-round picks this year and their first next year while giving them a quarterback to play on equal footing with Josh Allen in the AFC East for the next decade.

  7. bailbondmike says:

    Tiger Woods in a major car accident. Removed from vehicle with jaws of life and is now in surgery.

  8. stangerx says:

    Looks serious.
    “Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg released a statement confirming the news: “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”


  9. Rockphin says:

    [video src="https://thechive.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/daily-morning-awesomeness-38-photos-3-7.mp4" /]

    This dog is diabolically smart!

    Who’s the good boy? Who is the bad boy sitting on the couch and watching TV? Nope, not me….LOL

    • Rockphin says:

      Crap! It won’t post.

      Two doggos laying on the couch. They hear a noise and one dog jumps off the couch and sits on the floor. THEN he reaches over to the TV remote and TURNS OFF THE TV!! LOL

  10. Rockphin says:

    [video src="https://thechive.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/daily-morning-awesomeness-38-photos-3-7.mp4" /]

  11. Rockphin says:

    If you cut and paste inside the quotation marks to the browser bar you can see the video.

  12. Rockphin says:

    I hate the news. 9 news channels one story. they can only have one story at a time. YES WE KNOW Tiger woods crashed his car. Small unimportant story. Move on.

  13. Rockphin says:

    Tim, Isn’t that dog crazy smart!!? LOL “oops, someone is coming, I better get off the couch….better turn this off too.” LOL

  14. ocalarob says:

    Mac Jones is better than Tua

  15. Rockphin says:

    This chart makes me ask; WHAT IS UP WITH WEST VIRGINIA AND CATS?

  16. mf13ss says:

    • Tim Knight says:

      He’s a really good back and only 26 years old. It’s all about what the plan is on offense. He’s a 3-down back and physical for his size.

    • mf13ss says:

      Should we sign Aaron Jones, that would/could allow us to wait until the 2nd round or later to draft a RB. Many people out there (including myself) have considered taking Najee Harris in the late-first. This could keep our focus on WR and EDGE (or perhaps a Tackle) with our 2 first-round picks.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Like I said the other night, the idea is to be a good team and that means adding good players. FAs and specifically RBs get a bad rap. It’s about adding good players. I don’t worry about the cap anymore. Teams make it work when they want to add good players. We’ve torn it down and rebuilt a new culture and team in 2 years. This isn’t a 4-5 year plan to become a competitor, it’s a 3 year plan and to maintain it for a few years. I’ll just watch and follow our plan. It’s about winning games and making it to the Super Bowl, not just getting good draft grades. We’ve built through the draft and still have a lot of top shelf draft capital. We can do both.

  17. herdfan says:

    For the record, I do not own a cat. For that matter, no one really owns a cat.

  18. Tim Knight says:

    Aaron Jones, Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed is a nice RB committee. They can all run and catch.

    I believe the plan on offense is to run the ball and set up play-action with Tua. He throws really well on the move with bootlegs and waggles etc. We have some very tall targets and some smaller quick guys. We need to find more reliable but we have talent to build on.

    It still starts on the OL but I like that it’s been a major focus the last 2 years. We’ve revamped the OL with a lot of youth and a few experienced guys. We gotta give that some time to develop. I would not be surprised if Penei Sewell is our pick at #3.

    On a more human level, Sewell and Tua both being of American Samoan heritage, those guys are proud people and warriors in their culture. It kind of makes sense.

    “In addition, he (meaning Sewell) and former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa were selected as co-recipients of the 2019 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.”

    LT Jackson
    LG Flowers/Kindley
    C Karras/?
    RG Kindley/Hunt
    RT Sewell

    This OL could end up badass for many years. That helps all the skill players.

  19. The Flying Pig says:

    New blog up

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