Miami Dolphins May Scouting Report
Jimmy The Finger
The NFL Draft has come and gone. On the surface it looks like the Miami Dolphins did okay. They needed Offensive and Defensive Line, Linebackers, and – oh, yes – a Quarterback might come in handy.
Miami had the 13th Overall Pick and a number of excellent prospects were still on the board: QBs Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock, OTs Andre Dillard and Jawaan Taylor, Edge Rushers Brian Burns and Montez Sweat. The Fins opted for DT Christian Wilkins.
I don’t really have a problem with the pick. Wilkins seems like a great prospect, and the Miami Rushing D has been pretty pathetic for quite a while.
Unless you are returning from an expedition to the Antarctic you probably know about the Josh Rosen trade. After getting selected 10th Overall in last year’s draft Rosen became the odd man out when Arizona took QB Kyler Murray at Number One, and when the Giants and Redskins selected QBs Miami became the only potential trade partner the Cardinals had. They were asking for a 2nd Round pick. The Fins might’ve been able to play a little more hardball, stick it to Arizona, insist upon a 3rd Rounder, but they did trade down in the Second, from 48 to 62 overall, picked up a 2nd Rounder next year. A pretty good move.
Again, I don’t have a problem with this. Rosen looks like a solid QB prospect, and you can discount his dubious rookie campaign with a terrible Arizona team.
In the 3rd, 5th and 6th Rounds the Fins selected OG Michael Deiter, LB Andrew Van ginkel and OT Isaiah Prince. All these picks addressed needs, and we all know when you get into the middle to later rounds you have a greater chance these prospects might not work out. Unless your team has an exceptional talent evaluation process. Which the Fins apparently do not. Still, they needed Offensive Line and Linebackers, so they took a shot. Which is all we can really ask.
Then we got our WTF moment as the Same Old Fins surfaced. With two picks in the 7th Round Miami selected RBs Chandler Cox and Myles Gaskin. I don’t understand these moves at all. Miami has a very good backfield with Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage. I know extra backs come in handy on Special Teams, but after the Draft there’s going to be dozens of these guys getting signed as Undrafted Free Agents.
For years now I keep complaining how The Fins have a need at a position and they only draft one guy, so this is deja vu all over again. One Defensive Tackle, one Quarterback, one Guard, one Tackle, one Linebacker. And instead of doubling up through the later rounds at a position of glaring need they Draft multiple players at one of the few positions where they are stocked.
Fantasy-wise I don’t think the Fins are going to be as bad as most people think. Much depends on whether they start QB Josh Rosen or Ryan Fitzpatrick, of course. Neither of these guys will make decent Fantasy starters, but between the two I think Fitzpatrick might mean better stats for the rest of the guys. Most of the time. We all know Fitzpatrick’s streaky.
At Running Back the departure of Head Coach Adam Waste should mean a big upgrade for RB Kenyan Drake. This guy’s got a ton of ability, especially when you get him the ball in space, but Gase must’ve caught Drake hitting on his wife or something, because he didn’t use him nearly as much as he should have. Of course, new HC Brian Flores comes from the (Cow) Patties, so there’s also a good chance they may use multiple backs. Drake deserves to be featured, and if so, could be a Top 10, perhaps Top 5 Fantasy Back this Season. You might also pay attention to 2nd String RB Kalen Ballage, who is a potential beast.
At Receiver, WR Kenny Stills has played lights out whenever given the chance, and could be a WR-1 if Fitzpatrick starts. Miami opted to re-negotiate and retain Draft Bust WR DeVante Parker. He could blossom if he stays healthy, though admittedly the odds area against that happening. WR Albert Wilson and WR Jakeem Grant are returning from injuries. These guys are fast, and could be decent slot receivers. After Stills, however, it’s tough to predict where the targets are likely to go.
Based on nothing but my own opinion, I would forecast Kenny Stills leads the Fins in targets, that Kenyan Drake will probably be second.
Second year TE Mike Gesicki had a ton of potential coming out of college which he didn’t show in his first year as a pro. Miami picked up TE Dwayne Allen in the off-season. These two figure to be the starters, and Gesicki might be a decent late round flyer.
In the end I think Kenyan Drake and Kenny Stills are the Fins with Fantasy Potential. Ballage is a real good handcuff. Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant will have their games. The rest of the guys are fliers.
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