Dolphins have the most draft capital, by far

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The Dolphins’ rebuilding effort has been focused on the 2020 NFL draft, and next week a ton of new talent will be heading to Miami.

No matter how you slice the draft, the Dolphins have the most picks and the best picks. Miami has 14 picks, the most of any team. Miami has three first-round picks, the most of any team. And Miami has by far the highest point total on any of the various draft value charts that assign every pick a point value.

The Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers for their first-round pick and traded Laremy Tunsil to the Texans for their first-round pick. The Dolphins also have two picks in the second round, thanks to trading for the Saints’ second-round pick.

Now it’s all about making those picks pay off. Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier has talked about the importance of hitting a home run next week. If the Dolphins whiff on this draft, they may be picking near the top of the draft for years to come.

51 responses to “Dolphins have the most draft capital, by far

  1. Draft picks are ok but did they really get better by trading Fitzpatrick,Tunsil,Tannehill, and releasing Drake? It is highly unlikely that they get players that would be better. It seems that the opinion is that the Dolphins are genious—no.

  2. They do by any measure, though lower down chart weighting is a bit screwy. E.g. OTC rank:
    10th Panthers 1,1,1,1,2,1,1 (8 picks)
    11th Jets have 1,1,2,1,1,2,0 (8 picks)
    12th Pats have 1,0,3,1,1,4,2 (12 picks)
    But I’d much rather get Jets’ lot than Panthers! And they’re clearly marking Pats down for no 2nd rd but I’d rather have Pats’ 4 extra lots to Panthers’ set, and maybe prefer Pats to Jets too. And if you think OTC’s oddball enough, Jimmy Johnson’s got Pats ranked not 12th but 23rd!

  3. For all their draft picks if they screw up their quarterback selection the team is going nowhere. They screwed up their tanking by winning so many games now they won’t get the best quarterback. I can see them drafting some good players but I can see them traffic quarterback with potential who never realizes it and ends up as a up and down quarterback, sort of like Blake bortles.

  4. In have a different feeling about this team that I have had in the past. I really believe they are going to hit a home run. There will always be that one dud pick that doesn’t pan out though
    With 14 though I think they will be trading some of them for next years draft to build that draft also.
    14 new player contracts will be tough as well as 4 years from now when the ones that make it will be looking to get paid.
    At the very least trade a few picks for an established player at a position of need.

  5. And the point is??? Fitzpatrick made the pro bowl and was 1st team All-Pro. Tunsil made the pro bowl (and both are young). So Miami can use some of their “capital” to fill the holes they created by trading these players. Myself, I’d rather see them with ONE first round pick and these two players back on the team. At least you know what you will be getting..

  6. As luck would have it, this may be one of the worst years to hold a lot of draft capital.

  7. I’m still mystified why the Bengals aren’t 2nd in the league with draft capital. Paying AJ Green to watch football rather than gain an extra 1st or 2nd round pick seems extremely shortsighted.

    And now because you didn’t trade him for draft picks you franchise tag him because how stupid would you look if you got nothing out of a player in his walk year who didn’t want to play for the team and didn’t trade him?

  8. The Dolphins problem is complete incompetence in those making the picks, terrible track record.

  9. Got the coach, got the culture, finally continuity from the FO on down. The East is ripe and the future looks good.

  10. It’s a QB league more than ever. Tom Brady won 6 super bowls while he was the NFL’s best QB. As soon as Patrick Mahomes became the league’s top QB, he began to win super bowls. Joe Burrow is one of the best QBs to come out in the last 25 years. The Dolphins won’t win any super bowls unless they go for the best QB. The second best QB is no different than the worst QB. They need to move up and draft Burrow.

  11. otpbtpftp says:
    April 17, 2020 at 8:03 am
    Got the coach, got the culture, finally continuity from the FO on down. The East is ripe and the future looks good
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    Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst season since joining the NFL. So there’s that. What culture are you referring too? The lack of direction? They couldn’t decide to tank or to try and win last season. No plan or direction.

  12. You have to wonder how this will work out trading two players that were somewhat proven and tying it to a single draft class that may or may not be great? I know their original thinking was all about the QB but his injury changed the whole dynamic. I suppose if you’ve been a has been for the last couple of decades, you gotta try something huh?

  13. that’s all well and good… but this may not be the best year to have a lot of picks.

  14. Plenty of picks, but with a roster to rebuild…minor problem… picks have to work out . See you in 5 years.

  15. Laremy tunsil is going to crush the Texans salary cap next year, dont need a left tackle if your quarterback is left handed, Mincah simply refused to play as Flores wanted him to, if you aren’t with the coach than you must be against him, cant have in the locker room. #TEAM.

  16. charliecharger says:
    April 17, 2020 at 8:11 am
    It’s a QB league more than ever. Tom Brady won 6 super bowls while he was the NFL’s best QB. As soon as Patrick Mahomes became the league’s top QB, he began to win super bowls. Joe Burrow is one of the best QBs to come out in the last 25 years. The Dolphins won’t win any super bowls unless they go for the best QB. The second best QB is no different than the worst QB. They need to move up and draft Burrow.
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    Compare Burrows to the 2008 college player, Sam Bradford. How many playoff passes did Bradford toss.? 0

  17. If Tua is there at #5, take him. Use the remaining picks on the best O-LINE available.
    That is the formula Jimmy used to re-build Dallas.

  18. I thought 14 was the maximum number of picks a team could have in any draft. Anyone know what the limit is?

  19. Don’t forget that they can trade down too. So if they don’t see talent they could punt to next year.

  20. friedbokchoy says:
    April 17, 2020 at 7:48 am

    As luck would have it, this may be one of the worst years to hold a lot of draft capital.

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    2021 will be worse if there isn’t any football in 2020.

  21. fishfan77 says:
    April 17, 2020 at 7:24 am
    And the point is??? Fitzpatrick made the pro bowl and was 1st team All-Pro. Tunsil made the pro bowl (and both are young). So Miami can use some of their “capital” to fill the holes they created by trading these players. Myself, I’d rather see them with ONE first round pick and these two players back on the team. At least you know what you will be getting..
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    I think the point is they will reset the roster and get players they can build their future on. They weren’t winning with what they had anyway. Not sure I totally agree with all of it, but it makes sense as a reset. The key will be to give Flores 5 years. The AFC wasn’t made bad by the Patriots, it was made bad by owners firing people too fast and knee jerking stuff. Dumb decisions like “Ryan Tannehill isn’t good enough”. At least it’s a fresh start. Although this year just may be the only one you get with the Pats on their heels without Brady.

  22. patriotmaleorgy says:
    April 17, 2020 at 8:24 am
    otpbtpftp says:
    April 17, 2020 at 8:03 am
    Got the coach, got the culture, finally continuity from the FO on down. The East is ripe and the future looks good
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    Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst season since joining the NFL. So there’s that. What culture are you referring too? The lack of direction? They couldn’t decide to tank or to try and win last season. No plan or direction.
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    You are partially right but the Dolphins never decided to tank, that was a media driven made up story. Tanking makes no sense because it gets the current coach fired & players cut while the new coach reaps the benefits. You are right to question the comments about how great Flores is however. Flores was the coach of a team that lost 59-10 and 43-0 at the start of the season. His style caused Fitzpatrick to force a trade. I don’t think Tunsil is a big loss and didn’t deserve to be selected to the pro bowl with Houston considering he led the league in false starts. But their loss means that Miami has to replace those positions that they just drafted over the last few years.

  23. Clitoral Hood says:
    April 17, 2020 at 9:01 am

    If Tua is there at #5, take him. Use the remaining picks on the best O-LINE available.
    That is the formula Jimmy used to re-build Dallas.
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    Jimmy Johnson didn’t believe in drafting OL in the 1st round because they don’t score points. I totally agree with that philosophy. Check his drafts, you won’t see any 1st round Offensive lineman picked by him ever. Larry Allen, best OL of the 1990’s was a 2nd rounder for Johnson’s Cowboy teams.

  24. Flores was the coach of a team that lost 59-10 and 43 – 0 at the start of the season … and ended the season beating NE at home and knocking them out of the bye. And they set a record for most players used in a season, so the win vs NE was played by a bunch of street free agents. So there’s that.

    Every GM has bust picks and FAs. The Dolphins problem has alwsys been not having enough picks. That problem has been solved for 20 and 21. If Grier hits on half the early picks they will be just fine.

  25. Fins have 14 picks and the Patriots have 12 picks. Patriots still are the better team and have plenty of picks of their own. With that said IMO the Fins future looks to be very promising.

  26. just ask the Browns who they would take at a particular spot, then do the opposite – HR every time!

  27. Flores was the coach of a team that lost 59-10 and 43 – 0 at the start of the season … and ended the season beating NE at home and knocking them out of the bye. And they set a record for most players used in a season, so the win vs NE was played by a bunch of street free agents. So there’s that.

    Every GM has bust picks and FAs. The Dolphins problem has alwsys been not having enough picks. That problem has been solved for 20 and 21. If Grier hits on half the early picks they will be just fine.
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    The patriots started 8-0 and finished 12-4, they were sliding. But they still made the playoffs and the Dolphins didn’t. The Miami win probably cost them spots in the draft. They now have to worry about which QB they get. Plus drafting a rookie means another season with Fitzpatrick as the starter, which in turn means more losing.

    Miami also severely overpaid in free agency this year. Just because you have the most cap money shouldn’t mean that you waste $millions. Paying 82 million dollars for a corner who doesn’t make interceptions makes absolutely no sense. Byron Jones has 2 CAREER interceptions. Paying $30 million for severe bust Ereck Flowers is laughable. Shaq Lawson is another career bust. Jordan Howard is merely okay. Kyle Van Voy is good but 32 years and was overpaid also for his production.

  28. Say if they do hit on all their picks when the time comes that’s a whole lot of money to fork out

  29. Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst season since joining the NFL. So there’s that. What culture are you referring too? The lack of direction? They couldn’t decide to tank or to try and win last season. No plan or direction.
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    Flores winning five games with that roster is nothing short of a miracle. It’s harmed them in terms of draft position, but that was not an NFL-caliber roster, by any stretch of the imagination. That’s a great job of coaching players, draft positioning notwithstanding…..

  30. Are they really replacing 14 guys that are currently on the roster? Unlikely. The only purpose to have so many is to trade up in the draft. Whether 1 or 14 picks, you need to hit on all or the majority.

    Whatever qb they pick at 5… better hit or it sets them back 3 years. But if you don’t have a qb you need to kee trying till you get one

  31. After several decades of mediocre results it’s about time.

    It’s time the Dolphins and their fans stop talking about rebuilding, how many picks they have, how the new coaching staff has them going in the right direction, and how good they could be in a couple years, and just do it.

  32. You all can say what you want and believe but with Flores and Grier together I firmly believe the right decisions will be made. Grier has done a good job since he fully took over that control.
    For the people that are not patient then you will always say this will not work. All along Miami was very open about ripping the roster apart and starting over and it would take a few seasons. Well this will be season 2 and I really think they will be competitive already this year. Way sooner than what everyone predicted.
    They will not use all 14 picks this draft. They will trade for the future or to move up. And they are in prime position to do so.
    I am excited and looking forward to this season.

  33. My Bills have no draft capital and no QB, we’re screwed.

  34. mumfio says:

    Kyle Van Voy is good but 32 years and was overpaid also for his production.

    Kyle Van Noy just turned 29 last month. He’s got several good years left in front of him.

  35. zonedout100 says:
    April 17, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    mumfio says:

    Kyle Van Voy is good but 32 years and was overpaid also for his production.

    Kyle Van Noy just turned 29 last month. He’s got several good years left in front of him
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    You’re absolutely right. My mistake for not fact checking another posters comment last week on another article. But the point of my comment was that his production doesn’t equate to what Miami is paying him. Van Noy shouldn’t be a $50 million dollar player when he got 6.5 sacks last year & just 17.5 in his 6 seasons.

  36. @ Mumfio…..Jimmy might not have used 1st rounders for the O-LINE, but the very first area he focused on and built up first was the O-LINE. I think that is where good GM’s start in the re-building process.

  37. I’m a Viking fan, but it will be fun to see if Miami can use all that draft capital to start turning things around. In a couple of years they just might be a very good team if they do t his right. I look forward to watching things unfold for them.

  38. xw65 says:
    April 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm
    Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst season since joining the NFL. So there’s that. What culture are you referring too? The lack of direction? They couldn’t decide to tank or to try and win last season. No plan or direction.
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    Flores winning five games with that roster is nothing short of a miracle. It’s harmed them in terms of draft position, but that was not an NFL-caliber roster, by any stretch of the imagination. That’s a great job of coaching players, draft positioning notwithstanding
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    Excuses. He helped shape the roster. Bottom line is he didn’t do anything to give Dolphin fans hope.

  39. That # of picks is all well and good, but how well you use them is true measure of the quality of all those picks. Who knows, your draft picks may be really good or really stink.

  40. @patriotmaleorgy. LOLOLOLOL!!! Talk again when the Fins sweep you in 2020. Or better yet, don’t and keep your salty tears to yourself.

  41. patriotmaleorgy says:
    April 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm
    xw65 says:
    April 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm
    Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst season since joining the NFL. So there’s that. What culture are you referring too? The lack of direction? They couldn’t decide to tank or to try and win last season. No plan or direction.
    ————————————————————————————————————————-
    Flores winning five games with that roster is nothing short of a miracle. It’s harmed them in terms of draft position, but that was not an NFL-caliber roster, by any stretch of the imagination. That’s a great job of coaching players, draft positioning notwithstanding
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    Excuses. He helped shape the roster. Bottom line is he didn’t do anything to give Dolphin fans hope.
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    Hope is exactly what Flores has given the Dolphin fans. He is proving his ability to coach young NFL players to wins over top notched teams, and will continue to do so for many years to come. He knows that it’s not talent alone that makes a great NFL player or coach, it also takes the right attitude and willingness to adjust. For that reason, Miami will be successful for years to come under his direction.

  42. The Fins have quality picks in round 1 but only 1 in round 2 and none in round 3. That means you must get it right in round 1 or get very lucky in round 4. This will take a very strategic plan that has a back plan that has another back up plan for that plan. This is were BB has been the master chess player. Can Grier finally show he can play chess too? I’m not convinced he has what it takes…Thursday will a big day for many but for no one more than him.

  43. patriotmaleorgy says:
    April 17, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst season since joining the NFL. So there’s that. What culture are you referring too? The lack of direction? They couldn’t decide to tank or to try and win last season. No plan or direction.

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    You’re totally right! Talk is cheap, but that final game last season right before the playoffs sure was fun to watch. Who would of believed the third worst Dolphins team in franchise history would go up to Foxboro and beat the mighty Patriots on their home field in a game the Patriots needed to win? I’m fine with Coach Flores and the job he’s done. Go troll somewhere else.

  44. Would trade one of those 1st rounders for a 1st and 2nd next year. Then trade 3 or 4 more for picks next year. You don’t want 25 percent of your roster to be rookies.

  45. You’re totally right! Talk is cheap, but that final game last season right before the playoffs sure was fun to watch. Who would of believed the third worst Dolphins team in franchise history would go up to Foxboro and beat the mighty Patriots on their home field in a game the Patriots needed to win? I’m fine with Coach Flores and the job he’s done. Go troll somewhere else.

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    No offense but you thinking that matters with so much turnover, no qb, NE winning the SB again after a useless “Miami “Miracle”, 237 mil
    spent in FA, the worst FA period ever recorded by an nfl team, means nothing and it’s really why you people get suckered into thinking these little victories mean something, when they don’t.

    Grier is a moron.

    Flores may or may not be a good coach. Every protege that faces BB for the first time usually wins anyway.

    It’s their personal Super Bowl. Long term, it means jack.

  46. To everyone posting at me, I’m a realist. And a Dolphin fan. We know the track record of ex patriot coaches. Thy are losers. Flores is no different.

  47. Anyone that would call out a G.M. or Head Coach as a loser and a moron in their 1st year on the job that closed out the 2nd half of the season winning games… obviously is a loser and a moron.

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