We’re just a couple of days away from the much-anticipated 2023 NFL Draft. The exciting event has created a lot of buzz around the league, but the Miami Dolphins fans might not be that excited about the entertaining event.
The Dolphins currently have only four draft picks in their hands and they don’t even posses a first-round Draft pick. The Miami-based football team lost their first-round pick as a punishment for tampering with the legendary QB Tom Bradymultiple times while he was still under contract with the New England Patriots in 2019 and again when he was under contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021.
The Dolphins owner Stephen Ross‘ mistakes have cost him a hefty fine and have cost the franchise vital draft picks. Nevertheless, Chris Grier, one of the best general managers in the NFL, will try to make the best of his 4 picks.
Maybe he will acquire more draft picks by trading a player or maybe he will lose some draft picks in an attempt to trade up to the early second round or even late first round. In this article, we’ll take a look at 5 players the Dolphins might try to add to their roster in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Auburn product Tank Bigsby is one of the premium running backs in the 2023 NFL Draft. During his 3-year stint with the Auburn Tigers, Bigsby accumulated 3351 scrimmage yards and 25 rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
Bigsby is physical, explosive, and has good blitz pickup skills. Adding Bigsby to an already explosive offense like the Dolphins will give their HC, Mike McDaniel, an extra weapon to throw at the other teams. McDaniel is known for his rushing game excellence and Bigsby will thrive under him.
4. Siaki Ika (DL, Baylor)
Siaki Ika has all the tools to become a dominant defensive lineman in the NFL. The 6’5″ 350-pound defensive lineman started his college career at LSU before transferring to Baylor.
He played in 24 games for the Baylor Bears and registered 3.5 sacks for them. Statistically, he hasn’t had the best college football career, but as a prospect, he certainly has what it takes to become a great player in the NFL. He is projected to be a mid-3rd round to early 4th-round pick and the Dolphins can scoop him up with their third-round pick.
3. Dawand Jones (OT, Ohio State)
The offensive tackle Dawand Jones is a 2-year starter at Ohio State, who has a perfect balance in the run game and passing game. He still has a lot of polishing to do to shine at the NFL level but he has the potential to become the franchise tackle for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins’ offensive line certainly needs some talent and Jones would be a perfect fit for them. The right tackle Jones is projected to be a second-day pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and the Miami-based franchise might try to scoop him up with their 51st overall pick to protect their franchise QBTua Tagovailoa‘s blindside.
2. Luke Musgrave (TE, Oregon State)
There’s a possibility Luke Musgrave might be off-the-board by the time the Dolphins make their first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Although Miami GM Chris Grier would certainly have his eyes set on the Oregon State tight end.
The 6’6″ 250 pounds tight end is a can’t-miss prospect for the Dolphins, who just traded away their starting TE Mike Gesicki to the Patriots. The Dolphins might have to move up the board to draft Luke Musgrave, but they would certainly be on the lookout for the talented tight end.
1. Sam LaPorta (TE, Iowa)
The Dolphins should certainly target a tight end in the 2023 NFL Draft. Although this is a deep tight end draft class, the Dolphins should try to get a top 5 tight end prospect to replace the talent of Mike Gesicki.
If the Dolphins can’t pick up Luke Musgrave, they can still target the Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta who is projected to be a 3rd round draft pick. The Miami football team can walk out of the draft with both Dawand Jones and LaPorta.
LaPorta is a 2-year starter in Iowa and played over 30 games for them. The 6’4″ 250-pound tight end will receive a lot of attention from the NFL franchises and the Dolphins shouldn’t miss selecting him if they had the chance.
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