I’ve spent nearly the entire week reading up on our draft picks before writing this. In general, I am pleased with the selections, and I certainly feel the Dolphins are better off today than a week ago. Would love to hear from you all on your overall thoughts.
Obviously, each pick comes with strengths and weaknesses. But interestingly enough, most of the “weaknesses” for this crop of rookies are actually mysteries, not weaknesses. These question marks include:
- Can Tua stay healthy?
- Will he play at all in 2020?
- Is Austin Jackson ready for the NFL, or still several years away as many have said?
- Will Noah Igbinoghene even get on the field among a crowded Dolphins’ backfield?
- Can guards Robert Hunt and Solomon Kindley make an impact on the offensive line? Remember, even when your O line is awful, not every rookie is an improvement over the current guys. I remember being so high on Iasaac Asiata, and he turned into a bust.
As the draft went on, I was getting a bit restless and annoyed that we kept picking defensive secondary and offensive linemen. Our lack of pass rush was our glaring weakness, but we barely addressed that in the draft. (personally, I’m fine with our not drafting a RB). To make matters worse, today we cut our sack leader, Taco Charlton.
But then as the hours went on, I remembered the December games. I remember each Sunday, we’d be signing O linemen on Wednesday and needing them to start in 3 days. Our depth was horrible. Always new guys. Fellas right off the street. The same for the secondary. Practice squadders and unknown walk-ons like Calvin Munson and Tae Hayes and Nate Brooks. These men beat the Patriots in Week 17 and earned my respect. However, they never should have been needed for that game in the first place… if we had some depth at DB.
We had no depth at DBs and at O Line, and the injuries made this glaring. The 2020 draft just took care of that. Not everyone will make the team Some will surely bust out. But at the very least, on opening day, we should have a group of healthy and hungry young men. Placing a first-round pick like Noah Igbie into that group assures that.
Now, we just have to hope there IS a season…