The Dolphins have to be thrilled the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling early this season despite trading away their own first-round NFL Draft pick in exchange for defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick not long ago.
As a result, there’s a great possibility Miami winds up with two first-round picks in 2020 within the top 10.
The Dolphins already used the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, and the next smart move would be to provide him with good protection. To no one’s surprise, Miami’s O-line ranks in the bottom five in Football Outsiders’ run- and pass-blocking metrics so far this year.
Left tackle Michael Deiter has been awful for Miami this season, and Washington’s Trey Adams would be a plug-and-play starter right away. Behind Andrew Thomas, Adams is soundly the next best O-line prospect in this year’s class.
So, if the Dolphins are wise, they provide the foundation for Tagovailoa early, so they don’t subject him to regular harassment over the next couple of years.