As nice as it would be for the next franchise quarterback in Miami – presumably Tua Tagovailoa – to have another standout wide receiver, Miami have even bigger issues up front on the offensive line.
While the team did sign Ereck Flowers to a surprisingly rich contract this offseason and should get some positive contributions from him at guard, the Dolphins should still upgrade on Michael Deiter, who is better at center than guard. They should not be satisfied with the mercurial Flowers being their best guard.
Offensive tackle is a massive problem spot for the Dolphins, and they will need to pursue multiple solutions in the 2020 NFL Draft. Julie’n Davenport is not a trustworthy starting tackle for a young quarterback, and right tackle Jesse Davis would ideal be converted to right guard to compete for a starting job there – or simply move to the bench as a utility guy.
Miami has massive problems up front, but not having one starting-caliber tackle could doom their quarterback. Look no further than the team’s own Josh Rosen as an example of how much a bad offensive line can impact a young quarterback. If the Dolphins want their 2020 NFL Draft investment to succeed, they need to protect him. Furthermore, a weak line cannot possibly help Ballage, Howard, and Myles Gaskin get the most out of their intriguing skill-sets.
And the most obvious need is saved for last. The Dolphins absolutely have to draft a franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a fast-pass to mediocrity, and there are so many questions marks with Josh Rosen it isn’t even worth considering him a possible franchise quarterback at this juncture. This team has seen enough.
But the Dolphins have a chance to land a special, accurate, and intelligent quarterback who can be the leader of this organization for the years to come. Tua Tagovailoa is the epitome of a future superstar, and while nothing is guaranteed, he’s as safe of a bet as Miami will ever get with the No. 5 pick in a draft.