The Dolphins are getting old on the defensive line and have already wasted much of their time with Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, and Earl Mitchell. Much of the fallout can be pinned on the poor player at linebacker, more on that later. Suh will enter his third season as he rolls over the age of 30 and Wake is winding down his career as he rolls over the age of 34.
Miami’s problem is they have no young standouts ready to take their place but there is good news in this area. It’s a position that doesn’t need addressing in free agency. The Dolphins will overpay if they go the free agent route. The draft is where Miami will find their future.
For now they should re-sign Andre Branch to continue working opposite Wake. A few more years of Branch will not hurt the club and will provide them time to develop other players. Terrence Fede was supposed to be ready but he has become more or less a depth player and is not ready for a full-time starting role.
Similarly the Dolphins should start relying more on Jordan Phillips and less on Earl Mitchell. Supplementing the roster in the drafts middle rounds will help and if need be, address the ends in the daft in 2018.
While the defensive line needs some younger bodies, it’s not as dire as some believe but it shouldn’t be summarily passed over either. The Dolphins won’t make a splash in free agency at defensive tackle or defensive end but they should add some depth if the opportunity presents.