Fins of the Future: Part 1

Which college football prospects of today would be great fits for the Dolphins?

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Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi) is selected by the Miami Dolphins as the number thirteen overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi) is selected by the Miami Dolphins as the number thirteen overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 offseason has been a roller coaster. There have been ups and downs, twists and turns, and stops and starts. This rough and tumble offseason has left Miami shaken up. Half of the fan base is feeling good about the upcoming season. The other half is feeling a little woozy after sitting through this wild ride of an offseason. They must be thinking that things don’t look good for the Dolphins this season.

For those who fall into the second category, fear not, because there is something to look forward to. The 2018 “way-too-early” mock drafts are always a great way to get your spirits up. For those who fall into the first category, as well as anyone sitting right smack in the middle are also welcome aboard this journey as we here at cover32 give you all something to look forward to, no matter how this upcoming season turns out. Allow us to introduce to you: Fins of the Future Part 1.

You must be asking yourself, “what is Fins of the Future, is this another Hollywood rehash?”. Not quite. The Fins of the Future series will allow for a peek into the future for the Miami Dolphins. “How so?” you might ask. First, we will examine the predicted first-round picks based on countless 2018 NFL Mock Drafts.


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Next, we will assess current team needs. The position needs that immediately come to mind in order from the highest priority need to the lowest are: guard, outside linebacker, tight end, cornerback, running back and quarterback.

Then, we will create four scenarios for how Miami’s season will turn out. They will either finish in the top eight teams, the following eight teams, the subsequent eight teams, or they will finish in the bottom eight teams in the NFL. Of course, whatever record the Dolphins achieve during the 2017 season will give an indication as to where they would fall in the 2018 NFL Draft, as it would basically be the inverse.

Given where the Dolphins land in the draft order we will make predictions and provide a rationale as to which players would be the best selection based on team needs and the ability of the player. There are many promising prospects to get excited about. Especially because this upcoming draft should be balanced between offense and defense so the Dolphins should be able to address any and all team needs. Be sure to be on the lookout for the following four parts of the Fins of the Future series!

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