The Miami Dolphins hit a homerun with Zach Sieler.
21. Zach Sieler: 48 Tackles, 29 solo, 3.5 sacks
A fan favorite, Zach Sieler seems to make impact plays at the right time. He is never a dominant force but is always a consistent contributor who has endeared himself to coaches and fans. Sieler might not be a Pro-bowl talent (at least, not yet anyway), but he has already endeared himself to Miami Dolphins fans and has proven to be a valuable contributor on defense.
20. Ereck Flowers: 14 GS, 3 Penalties on the year
One of the other major signings in the offseason, Ereck Flowers proved that his one successful season in Washington wasn’t a fluke after putting together a good performance during 2020. Miami’s offensive line play was significantly improved in 2020 and the leadership and play of Flowers had a lot to do with that.
He wasn’t the greatest guard in the league by a long shot, but, outside of Ted Karras, he was the most consistent player on the offensive line when he was on the field.
19. Matt Haack: 44.7 Yds per kick, 26 punts inside the 20
Having a quality punter is underrated in the NFL. Given Miami’s struggles on offense, a dominant special teams unit was crucial to Miami staying in the game. Punter Matt Haack was a key part of that, using his talent to pin opposing offenses deep on their own side of the field and giving the Dolphins’ defense great field position.
The field position game isn’t talked about enough in the media and is totally underrated. Miami won that battle a lot this season, and Haack was the one that made that happen.
18. Salvon Ahmed: 319 RuYDS, 3 RuTDs, 11 REC, 61 RecYds
Let’s be honest with ourselves here, everyone. Nobody knew who the heck Salvon Ahmed was until he was randomly inserted into Miami’s offense against the Arizona Cardinals.
Signed to the practice squad after being waived by the San Fransisco 49ers, Ahmed steadily worked his way through the practice squad and into the starting lineup and performed well when asked to take a bigger role in the offense. Everyone was shocked by how well he played coming out of almost nowhere.
Ahmed may not have a carved-out role in the next season, but his contributions to the team’s offense this year earned him a spot on this list.
17. Raekwon Davis: 40 Tackles, 19 solo
Raekwon Davis was better than his numbers suggest. On the surface, his play looks ok, not great. When you dig a little deeper, he was one of the better rookie defensive linemen against the run, which is one of the big reasons he made the cut on this list.
In order for him to continue to develop over the course of the offseason, he will need to work on becoming a bit more consistent on rushing the passer to add a little versatility to his game. He looks to be an up and coming defender, however, and may make the decision to keep Davon Godchaux on this roster a bit more complicated.
16. Robert Hunt: 11GS, 5 Penalties on the year
One of three rookie offensive linemen to play this season, Robert Hunt was the most consistent.
Playing in all 16 games with 11 starts, Robert Hunt played well at tackle when called upon to do so. Hunt is a mammoth of a man, who has the power to push around opposing rushers. He is by no means a finished product at tackle, but he has done enough to feel confident about him being one of the future linemen for this franchise.