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After playoff run, key to Miami Dolphins offseason is simplicity

In 2016, the Miami Dolphins offseason started off with a bang when they hired Adam Gase to be the new head coach. In Gase‘s first season at the helm, he led the Dolphins to their first playoff appearance since 2008. With a list of injuries keeping them from advancing out of the Wild Card round, this Miami Dolphins offseason should not include any big spending on big name free agents which is something that has been far too common in Miami.

The starting roster is strong and poised for another playoff run in 2017, but the main goal will be maintaining health. But football is a physical sport, and the Dolphins will need to make sure they have solid backup plans at multiple positions to assure that they can count on the next man up. As Adam Gase came in second behind Jason Garrett Pro Football Writers of America’s coach of the year, he will have added motivation to prove his worth heading into 2017. The Miami Dolphins offseason will mostly consist of building through the draft as they look towards another playoff run.

Linebacker

When talking about defenses that were bad against the run, you can pretty much start with the Miami Dolphins. They were almost unbelievably horrible as they were 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and 31st in yards allowed per run. Those numbers aren’t exactly a recipe for success for playoff teams, as they got gashed in the Wild Card round by Le’Veon Bell.

Throughout the season, Kiko Alonso was one of the better linebackers for the Dolphins. As Alonso has improved greatly over his short career, they Dolphins must add young playmakers alongside him to improve that run defense. At this point, the Dolphins have no where to go but up. So in a draft with depth at the linebacker position, they will be able to improve this unit. Some names to keep an eye on are TJ Watt from Wisconsin, Jarrad Davis from Florida, and Ben Boulware from Clemson.

Tight End

With Adam Gase composing the offensive game plans, the Dolphins found their stride when they were able to have great balance between the running and passing games. With Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry leading the way, the Dolphins will look to add a security blanket for the vastly improved Ryan Tannehill. Dion Sims is currently they starter, but did not have an impactful season as he caught 26 passes for just 256 yards.


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This is has been regarded as one of the deepest tight end classes to enter the draft in quite some time. As the Dolphins were 26th in pass yards per game and 31st in first downs per game, they will look to add a player who can create a mismatch with the opponents linebackers and move the chains. Some names to look for are David Njoku from the University of Miami, Gerald Everett from South Alabama, and Bucky Hodges from Virginia Tech.

Offensive Guard

The Dolphins were fortunate in last years draft, when possibly the best player fell to them because of a video that had leaked of offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil allegedly smoking marijuana. Due to an injury to Mike Pouncey, the offensive line had a lot of moving parts throughout the season. The line did a great job of opening up lanes for Jay Ajayi as they were 9th in the NFL in rushing yards per game, and kept their quarterbacks upright much more than they did in 2015 improving from a 7.25% sack rate to 6.29% in 2016.

As these numbers still aren’t where they want them to be, the Dolphins will continue to add depth and get younger in the trenches. With Mike Pouncey returning from injury, and Laremy Tunsil heading into 2017 with experience under his belt, look for the Dolphins to add a guard to play alongside them. Some names to pay attention to are Ethan Pocic from LSU, Jordan Morgan from Kutztown, and Isaac Asiata from Utah.

Statistics referenced via NFLGSIS