There are many outside of the Dolphins organization who believe the team will regress in 2017. They have now even been projected with a top ten pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Many have viewed the Miami Dolphins push to the playoffs last season as nothing more than a fluke. That after a dreadful 1-4 start, they were not supposed to win nine of their next ten to secure their first playoff berth in eight years. The fact that they did is because teams possibly overlooked them or their schedule suddenly became too easy.
Whatever the reason, there are many outside of the Dolphins organization who believe the team will fall back out of the playoff picture in 2017. Recently, Bleacher Report‘s Matt Miller may have shown that agrees with them in his latest mock draft for 2018. Miller is well-known for his NFL mock drafts throughout the year leading up to the big day. He has already begun his predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft, and in it, he has the Dolphins selecting 10th overall.
Prior to listing out the first round, Miller makes mention that he went through every game of the upcoming season predicting a winner, making his draft order predictions that way instead of using the odds from Vegas. He does not give any predictions for team records, but based on where he has Miami selecting, he’s projecting the Dolphins to finish the season at or around 6-10. Right now, Vegas has the odds for the Dolphins win total set at 7½ games.
That is a huge drop-off from last year’s 10-6 playoff team. Like many outside of the organization, Miller simply doesn’t believe that Miami has what it takes to get back to the playoffs. They overachieved a year ago in their eyes, and that with a tougher looking schedule, the team should fall back to mediocrity where they’ve been for countless seasons. Judging by his pick for Miami, Miller likely thinks that the Dolphins will continue to struggle on defense.
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Dolphins fans and those inside the organization have good reason to feel differently, however. We have seen the transition this team has taken since Adam Gase ‘cleaned house.’ With a strong offseason following last year’s run, there’s good reason to be excited in South Florida. Some may still not believe they are ready to challenge New England for the division, but surely a playoff spot is realistic.
The team knew that they had to get better on defense, which they spent much of the offseason doing. Early signs from training camp indicate they are on the right path. On the other side, the offense has a lot of weapons, and Ryan Tannehill only continues to get better. Tannehill has already stated this is the best offense he’s played on. If both sides of the ball are clicking, there’s no reason this can’t be a 10-win team. I think Miller and a lot of other people are in for a huge surprise when it comes to the Dolphins this year.