It cannot be overstated how poor the Dolphins were at protecting their quarterback last season, needing to truly build from the trenches if they hope to have any amount of success with the current coaching regime.
With the 26th pick, they double down and add Houston’s Josh Jones, who could arguably step immediately into the starting RT position in 2020. He will have a chance to compete from day one and could beat out Jesse Davis for the starting role if he takes to the team’s coaching quickly.
Winning may not be essential in 2020, though progress certainly will be, so Jones may benefit from not being rushed as well, earning playing time across the year before being the starter in 2021.
After adding three players that can truly help to shape the offense over the next few seasons, the Dolphins focus a bit more on defense on day two.
Grier and Flores are not done making improvements to the team’s offense, as you’ll see below, but two out of their next three picks will do much to address some needs the team has on the defensive side of the ball
With their first selection in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins add to a backfield that ranked dead last in the league last season, picking Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins.
The value of running backs has dropped significantly over the past decade or so, with many viewing the position as having great value from the second round onwards, with many successful backs going after the first round.
Dobbins projects to be the second back chosen in the draft after D’Andre Swift from Georgia, though there could be some competition from Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin and even Clyde Edwards-Helair of LSU.
Dobbins is a prospect that the Dolphins are reportedly enamored with and he would be an excellent complementary back alongside Jordan Howard in 2020, giving the team a two-punch behind the passing game.