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Players the Miami Dolphins Should Target With Their Other First-Round Picks

Jason Schandl
Miami Dolphins draft targets with their later first-round picks could include Houston's Josh Jones.
Miami Dolphins draft targets with their later first-round picks could include Houston's Josh Jones. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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Outside of Joe Burrow to the Cincinnati Bengals, one of the most unanimously-projected picks for the 2020 NFL Draft has been Tua Tagovailoa to the Miami Dolphins with the fifth overall pick. There has been some buzz that they may also be considering Justin Herbert, and the Detroit Lions have been rumored to have some Tua interest, but in all likelihood the Dolphins will come away with a player they believe to be their quarterback of the future at No. 5.

Having torn things down to rebuild from the ground up, they're flush with draft capital, and after that they will still have two more first-round selections to make. Here are three players they should be targeting with those later picks.

1. Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Josh Jones during a game against Tulane.
Josh Jones during a game against Tulane. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

You're not going to want to draft a franchise QB without getting him some protection, and the Dolphins will need to address that in the draft after shipping off Laremy Tunsil last year. The top first-round tackles will likely be off the board by the time Miami is up at 18, but Houston's Josh Jones is consistently being projected as a first-round pick, and he would be a great consolation prize.

2. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

Laviska Shenault runs after a catch against Washington.
Laviska Shenault runs after a catch against Washington. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

DeVante Parker and Preston Williams both showed flashes in the 2019 season, but it would be risky banking on both of their small samples of success, considering Parker was already considered a bust and Williams was an undrafted free agent. Giving their young QB a genuine No. 1 wideout to develop alongside could give the Dolphins' passing game a ton of upside for years to come.

3. Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

Terrell Lewis before a snap against Florida State.
Terrell Lewis before a snap against Florida State. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Given their large number of needs on both sides of the ball, the Dolphins may not elect to go all-in on offense in the first round. Miami's defense came away with the NFL's lowest sack rate (4.0 percent) in 2019, and if they do address their D then a pass-rusher should be a priority. Terrell Lewis fits the bill, and he racked up 6.0 sacks and 11.5 TFLs in 10 games for Alabama in 2019.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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