The Miami Dolphins move to the defensive side of the ball.
Four draft picks, four offensive selections. With the offense now receiving an infusion of young talent, it’s time the Dolphins turn to the defensive side of the ball. Currently listed at 6’5″ and 260 pounds, Patrick Jones II, edge defender, Pittsburgh provides the Dolphins with help as both a pass rusher and an edge defender. In the past two seasons, he’s amassed double-digit tackles-for-loss the last two years to go along with his 17 sacks.
For a Dolphins team that has allowed 90+ yards rushing in 10 of their 3 games so far this season, Jones would be an upgrade; whether at linebacker or defensive end.
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While we’re on the subject of improving against the run, the Dolphins have shown they are very thin at defensive tackle this season. Even if you classify Christian Wilkins as a DT (although he plays mostly at DE), that means the Dolphins have four tackles on the roster. Zach Sieler has parlayed his good season into an extension. Rookie Raekwon Davis has been coming on recently but that’s about it for major producers.
Despite not playing this year due to the coronavirus, University of Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike is an ascending player. Onwuzurike is more of a ‘penetrating DT’ rather than a ‘ line plugger’ so he won’t hold up well as a nose tackle but fits in nicely to Flores’ DE/DT hybrid rotation nicely.