The Dolphins’ defense has gone from one of the best last season to one of the worst this season. There are a lot of issues that can be attributed to the downside, but the secondary play has not helped.
Former first-round draft pick Noah Igbonogahde has been essentially a non-factor in his time with the Dolphins and Byron Jones has not lived up to his highly paid contract. Of the current corner group, Xavien Howard is the only one who is playing up to his deal, meaning there will either need to be major changes or improvements.
Assuming the team continues to rely on Howard and Jones at the corner, with Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones at the backend they will need another corner. Rutgers defensive back Avery Young does offer solid versatility, especially in the fourth round, but it doesn’t mean he will be able to make an immediate impact, but his versatility is something to keep an eye on.
In 2020, Young played corner in every game. In 2021, Young has played safety in every game. He has two seasons with over 50 tackles proving that he isn’t afraid to step up and make a tackle, but he also only has two interceptions in three seasons.
Adding another player that cannot make a play on the ball could be worrisome, but the versatility and ability to step up and make a tackle should intrigue Brian Flores.