There is no other way to say it: the Miami Dolphins have a lot of needs heading into their 2017 campaign. Most of these needs will be shown even more after free agency and key players are either acquired or leave for greener pastures. As of now, the Dolphins desperately need help at the LB, DE, TE, and OG position.
The good news for the Dolphins is that this draft is rich in DE, LB, and TE, and there are plenty of viable options at OG in Free Agency. The bad news is the Miami Dolphins made a costly error in last year´s draft, giving up a 6th round pick last year and a 3rd and 4th round pick in this year´s draft to select WR Leonte Carroo, who was receiving comparisons to Jarvis Landry this time last year. Whether it was because of the Dolphins obvious depth at the position, or because of a lack of growth on Carroo´s part as rookie, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights standout produced little in his rookie season. I am not saying he can´t get better in year two and produce, but giving up a valuable 3rd and 4th round pick in this upcoming draft could prove costly considering the team´s defensive needs.
There is a bright side for the Dolphins. They could acquire compensatory picks this year because of deals made earlier in the season. However, imagine if they had not moved up for Carroo and had extra 3rd and 4th round picks that they could turn into a TE or LB.
This is why I think it might be valuable for the Dolphins to consider trading back in Round 1 of this year´s draft. The Dolphins are currently slotted at 22nd overall, and will likely have their pick of a highly coveted, NFL ready DE or LB. They may decide to stay at 22 and pull the trigger on one of these players who can make in immediate impact on defense.
I would also not mind seeing the team stay put at 22 if an elite talent were to drop out of the Top 10 or 20, much like Laremy Tunsil did last year when he fell into the Dolphins lap after being considered the top overall prospect. The terrible beauty of the NFL Draft is its unpredictability.
Considering the depth at LB and DE in this draft, I think the Dolphins would be wise to entertain trade offers in which they traded down in the draft. If we see a run of players in the first round, such as the DB or QB position, the Dolphins may find themselves in the perfect position to trade down in the first, adding a 2nd or 3rd rounder in the process (or multiple late round picks). They could still draft a viable starting DE or LB at the end of round 1, bolstering their defense as well as adding valuable picks that they could use to add depth or even another potential starter on day 2 or 3 of the draft.
The Dolphins are in great shape in that they are placed in the first round in a prime spot to received last minute day 1 trades from teams desperate for a certain player or position that may not be there. The flexibility and depth they have with the 22nd overall pick may prove fruitful should the Dolphins front office decide to add picks.