Now that the Dwyane Wade farewell tour is over, people are starting to focus on the next big event on the sports calendar — Thursday's NFL Draft. Here's some news: The Dolphins need good football players. Beginning with their first pick in Thursday's first round, 13th overall, the Dolphins can start plugging some holes in the roster.
Well, "some" holes might be an understatement. The Dolphins need everything.
The Dolphins might be set at kicker and punter. Otherwise, every spot on the football field is a need, according to a ranking system compiled by CBS that identifies each team's requirements.
These rankings rate a team's need on a scale of 1 to 32, with 16 being the line between need and non-need. Anything worse than 23 means desperation.
The Dolphins rate as follows: quarterback, 29.8; running back, 27.8; wide receiver/tight end, 29.8; offensive line, 28.0; edge, 28.4; interior defensive line, 30.8; linebacker, 25.8; defensive back, 21.8.
So that's not so great! According to this CBS scale, Miami is a mess. If the Dolphins were a blind date, even personality wouldn't be a positive trait. If the Dolphins were a used car on Craigslist, the biggest selling point would be four tires.
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Accompanying the horrific grades is this fun little passage that is sure to put a smile on Dolphins fans' faces. It refers to players whom the team — after falling on its face this pst fall — might pick up next year.
The Dolphins will almost certainly be the worst team in the league next season and will get to choose from Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, and Jake Fromm at quarterback. They could go pretty much anywhere with their picks this year, because this roster is terrible.
So if you were wondering what the Dolphins should be targeting Thursday night, the answer is tutti, todo, all of it. Nothing is a bad idea.
Think of the team as a family that just moved into a new home and has no furniture. It'll take one of everything. For Dolphins fans who are sick of watching the same mediocrity season after season, starting from scratch sounds fine.