The Miami Dolphins have had an eventful offseason, doing everything they can to become a contender. The team made a big offseason trade for superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Miami is doing everything it can to give quarterback Tua Tagovailoa what he needs to succeed. Tagovailoa was drafted by the Dolphins with the 5th pick back in 2020 but has not lived up to the expectations.
While his numbers haven’t been great, he has been able to win games. Tagovailoa is a 13-8 as a starter in his career, which shows that he can win games. With a better roster around him, he has an opportunity to thrive.
The Dolphins went 9-8 last season after starting off the season slow. While Miami wasn’t a playoff team last year, their newly built roster should make them a playoff team.
The Dolphins’ draft helped them despite only having four draft picks.
They filled a major hole with their first pick in the draft, with the 3rd round selection of linebacker Channing Tindall. Tindall was projected by some to go in the 2nd round but fell into the 3rd for Miami to scope up.
However, the Dolphins still have some holes to fill to have a shot at a deep playoff run. With that said, here are two moves the Dolphins must make after the 2022 NFL Draft to complete their roster.
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Moves Dolphins Must Make
2. Sign Center J.C. Tretter
One of the positions that the Dolphins are missing is a center. Tagovailoa has a great cast around him now, and adding one more piece to the offensive line could help him even more.
This season will come down to if Tagovailoa can take a jump, and putting the best players around him possible is crucial.
Signing J.C. Tretter would be an upgrade over Miami’s current center in Michael Deiter.
Tretter is an underrated center in the NFL who spent the last five seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ starting center. If Miami can pick him up in free agency, their offensive line will be complete for the upcoming season.
1. Sign Edge Rusher Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney had a solid season with the Browns last season, reviving his impact as a pass rusher. Although the Dolphins have Emmanuel Ogbah and Jaelan Phillips as edge rushers, they could use more depth at the position.
Signing Clowney would be a low-risk, high reward for Miami after his solid campaign. He finished with nine sacks in 14 games last season on the other side of Myles Garrett.
While he likely wouldn’t have as much of an impact with the Dolphins, he could be a solid rotational pass rusher.
Miami has a shot to be a contender, as they have built a well-rounded roster. Making these two moves would put them over the top and make them a contender if Tagovailoa takes a step up.
New head coach Mike McDaniel is the newest young coach to get a head coaching job. McDaniel was the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers last year and has worked for Mike or Kyle Shanahan for a long time.
Young offensive-minded coaches have thrived over the past few years, to name a few: Shanahan, Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur, and Zac Taylor are all having success.
McDaniel has a ton of talent on his roster, and he could help Tagovailoa emerge into the star he was expected to be coming out of the draft.
A few more moves around the edges would make the Dolphins one of the best rosters in the league.