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Is it too late to move the Miami Dolphins to Daytona Beach and rename them the Daytona Flash?
The Dolphins have a team full of speed after sending five picks to the Kansas City Chiefs for Tyreek Hill. They boast a strong team with few holes and will need to address depth behind the stars.
This draft will be a trying one, with only four picks and them all coming on days two and three. They can still win with the right picks. Here is who they should go after:
No Day One Picks
No rookie can really amount to the talent brought to Miami by Tyreek Hill. Yes, getting a running back or cornerback would be nice but the ability to blow teams out will trump that. We have seen teams win Super Bowls with less on defense and the Dolphins could be on their way to one.
Round 3, Pick 38: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
The Dolphins can build around Tua Tagovailoa and fill the roster with as much talent as possible, but if he doesn’t get it done they should draft an insurance policy.
Sam Howell has all the talent in the world. He has the arm talent, cold confidence and competitive nature of a future star. He suffered from a down year at North Carolina, but he still showed the talent that gave him first round consideration in 2021.
Drafting Howell will give him a year to develop behind Tagovailoa and have a chance to play if he doesn’t perform.
Round 4, Pick 20: James Cook, RB, Georgia
Round 7, Pick 3: Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State
Round 7, Pick 26: Josh Ross, LB, Michigan
The Dolphins need to bolster their defense while also finding a player that can compete for snaps at running back.
Why not go look at the sibling of a perennial All-Pro in James Cook? Cook has the size and speed combo teams look for now in starting backs. Not only does he run inside and outside, but he has also split out wide at receiver. Having that kind of versatility would allow the Dolphins to dominate defenses from base formations and run up scores.
Outside of running back, the Dolphins could find quality depth at corner and linebacker.
Zyon McCollum is a height-weight-speed corner with tremendous upside. He has an amazingly high football IQ, which lead to his 13 interceptions in college. Getting him as a slot or outside nickel corner is a good pickup, as he could develop into a starter.
Last but not least is Josh Ross. Ross is an off ball linebacker who plays with reckless abandon. His run fits are always on point and he can easily drop and slide in zone coverage. If he isn’t he starter this season, he can definitely find himself playing into that role in 2023.
With limited picks, the Miami Dolphins can become the cream of the crop in the AFC East. Will they make the most of it? Time will tell.