Bold Predictions for the Dolphins Heading into the NFL Draft
By Max Staley
The Miami Dolphins are one of the most intriguing teams in the 2020 NFL Draft. Armed with three first-round picks, two second-round picks and their own third rounder, Miami has an NFL-high 14 selections.
With that much draft capital, Miami is also one of the most difficult teams to get a read on this season. Let's take a look at some bold predictions for what Miami could do in the NFL Draft.
3. Miami Trades Up for Tua Tagovailoa
All season long, Tua Tagovailoa ending up with the Miami Dolphins felt like a foregone conclusion. But in recent weeks, most rumors have been suggesting Miami is interested in another signal-caller, Oregon's Justin Herbert. In fact, Miami is considered the odds-on favorite to draft Herbert (-125), while the Dolphins are only available at +125. Still, at this time of year, most teams are just sending out smokescreens rather than revealing their true intentions. If Miami trades up, expect it to be for Tua, not Herbert.
2. Miami Doesn't Pick a Defensive Player in the First Round
Whether or not Miami ends up with Tua or Herbert, it seems like an absolute certainty that it'll come away with a new franchise QB. But if the Dolphins want to put that player in a position to succeed, they'll need to remake their offense. Having spent on big-name defensive stars like Kyle Van Noy and Byron Jones in free agency, Miami can afford to focus its attention on offense. The Dolphins can use picks No. 18 and 26 to address its pass-catching group and offensive line, and wait until the mid-rounds to shore up the defense.
1. Miami Picks Antoine Winfield Jr. at No. 39
After finishing as the league's worst pass defense, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, Miami has quickly remade its secondary. In fact, with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, the Dolphins might have one of the best cornerback duos in the league. A safety would really help round out the secondary, and Antoine Winfield Jr. is one of the best in the class. If he's on the board at the top of the second, he'd be an excellent addition to the team.
Bet the Draft, get a Bonus! Place $25+ in total wagers on the 2020 NFL Draft and earn up to $50 in Bonus.
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.