The Miami Dolphins are tanking in the most obvious way right now, and some players are clearly not happy with the way things have gone. However, it’s clear the Fins have a long-term goal that could bear juicy fruit in short order.
On Tuesday morning after Miami traded 2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick at his request, team general manager Chris Grier laid out what his vision is for the franchise:
“WE POSITIONED OURSELVES TO WHERE WE THINK THE ORGANIZATION WILL BE IN A GOOD PLACE HERE SHORTLY,” GRIER SAID, PER THE DOLPHINS WEBSITE. “HOW LONG THAT TAKES? … WE’LL BE AGGRESSIVE FREE AGENCY. WE’RE NOT GOING TO SIT BACK AND NOT DO ANYTHING, WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY PROACTIVE AND TRY TO GET THIS TURNED QUICKLY.”
So, how could the Dolphins “get this turned quickly?”
The big picture: Looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft it’s clear they have done the necessary groundwork to do just that, acquiring three first-round picks and six in the first three rounds.
Here’s what they have to work with in the first round:
Miami’s first-round pick (will almost certainly be first overall)
Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (could be top-10)
Houston’s first-round pick
Even if you assume the Texans are going to get their offensive line protection issues figured out and that Deshaun Watson survives for 16 games, that’s still likely two top-10 picks and a late-round pick to perhaps gamble with.
Blue-chip talent: With the three first-round picks, the Dolphins can do some significant damage next April to spark their rebuild. Much like what we saw the Oakland Raiders to in 2019, they have the pieces in place to get much better, very quickly.