3 Players the Dolphins Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Picks

Max Staley
Justin Herbert would be a reach for the Miami Dolphins in the first round.
Justin Herbert would be a reach for the Miami Dolphins in the first round. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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The Miami Dolphins are one of the most intriguing teams in the league heading into the 2020 season. They shipped off top-level talent like Laremy Tunsil, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Kenyan Drake over the course of last season, and were viewed as, perhaps, the least-talented team in the NFL. Down the stretch, however, head coach Brian Flores rallied the team and led them to a 3-2 finish.

Now armed with some big-name free agent signings, and the most draft capital in the NFL, the Dolphins are beginning to build an exciting young core. But they'll have to hit on those draft picks first. So with that in mind, here are three players the Dolphins should avoid picking in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

1. Justin Herbert, QB

Justin Herbert wouldn't be a great fit with the Miami Dolphins.
Justin Herbert wouldn't be a great fit with the Miami Dolphins. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Miami didn't stockpile three first-round picks, and two second-round picks, to come away with the third- or fourth-best quarterback in the 2020 class. Simply put, the Dolphins should do whatever it takes to ensure they come away with either Joe Burrow, or Tua Tagovailoa. Justin Herbert is a solid prospect, but he's not a franchise-changing talent like the other two. Miami has more than enough ammunition to land Tua or Burrow, and settling for a lesser prospect could be a franchise-altering mistake.

2. Jonathan Taylor, RB

Jonathan Taylor is a great player, but he's not a first-round fit for Miami.
Jonathan Taylor is a great player, but he's not a first-round fit for Miami. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

This isn't an indictment of Jonathan Taylor, it's just that running backs aren't nearly as valuable in the modern NFL. Miami does have a pretty clear hole at the position, but the team has far more pressing needs. With holes all over the roster, the Dolphins should avoid picking a running back in the first round – even one as talented as Taylor.

3. Austin Jackson, OT

Austin Jackson could be a reach in the first round for Miami.
Austin Jackson could be a reach in the first round for Miami. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

One of those aforementioned holes on the roster comes on the offensive line, but Miami shouldn't reach for Austin Jackson. Jackson is one of six offensive tackles that are being projected as potential first-round picks, but he's generally viewed as the sixth-best player of that bunch. The Dolphins would be better off addressing another position rather than reaching for a less-talented player at a position of need.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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