The Dolphins were finally able to snap their five-game losing skid on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but it is clear that they have numerous holes to fill this offseason. If Miami is able to fortify its offensive line and add play-makers at the skill positions through the draft, they could very will improve upon their win total in 2018.
Here are six players who can help the Dolphins improve their par performance in 2018:
Mike McGlinchey: OT, Notre Dame
The Dolphins clearly need more talent along the offensive line and with right tackle Ja’Wuan James set to make $9.3 million in 2018, the Dolphins could let him go without taking a hit to the salary cap. If Miami could land Mike McGlinchey in round one, the pick would go a long way toward replacing James if the Dolphins brass decides to cut ties with him in 2018. McGlinchey has played both tackle spots during his time at Notre Dame and adding him to the lineup could give the Dolphins bookend tackles.
Christian Kirk: WR, TAMU
While many will disagree with this pick, Christian Kirk is the closest thing to Odell Beckham Jr. since he set the NFL ablaze during his 2014 rookie campaign. Kirk’s play speed is unrivaled and NFL defensive backs will have a difficult time keeping up with him. Kirk can play on the outside as well as in the slot and he’s capable of creating separation on short, intermediate and deep routes. This selection also provides the Dolphins with another weapon on the flanks in case they’re unable to re-sign Jarvis Landry who is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Tyquan Lewis: DE, Ohio State
You can never have enough pass rushers and the Dolphins are consistently looking to add talent to their defensive line. With Cameron Wake on the plus side of 30, Miami will likely add another pass rusher to team up with last year’s first-round pick Charles Harris. Lewis uses his hands extremely well to disengage from blocks, and he also does a very nice job of setting the edge in the run game. Lewis’ game is similar to Olivier Vernon in terms of versatility as he’s capable of bumping down inside and playing 3-technique. Lewis was also the Big Ten’s 2016 defensive lineman of the year.
Frank Ragnow: C/G, Arkansas
The Dolphins need position flexibility along the offensive line and Ragnow gives them just that. Ragnow has played center and guard during his time at Arkansas and he has not disappointed. In 2016, Ragnow did not give up a sack for two consecutive seasons and was named Phil Steele and Pro Football Focus All-America, All-SEC first team in 2016. With incumbent center Mike Pouncey on a modified workload leading up to games due to his hips, Ragnow could play next to Pouncey at guard and fill in for him at center in any event he’s unable to play.
Will Grier: QB, West Virginia
The Dolphins need a quarterback with starting potential to develop and Grier certainly fits the bill. Grier has the arm strength and accuracy necessary to make every throw on the field. In addition to his ability in the passing game, Grier has the requisite athleticism to get out of the way and make off-schedule plays to keep the chains moving. Grier would give Gase a quarterback he could mold in his image and if the Dolphins ever need a quarterback to step in for Ryan Tannehill, Grier is certainly capable of leading an NFL team to victory.
Kalen Ballage: RB/FB/TE, Arizona State
Kenyan Drake has all the makings of a feature back in the NFL, but the Dolphins could use a big back to spell him once in a while. At 6-foot-3 230 pounds, Kalen Ballage can run inside, outside and catch the football out of the backfield. He also returned kicks during his time at Arizona State. The Tennessee Titans have gone as far as using Derrick Henry at tight end just to get him on the field at the same time as DeMarco Murray. Ballage has more than enough versatility to line up at running back, fullback and tight end.