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NFL Draft primer: Dolphins need to protect Tua Tagovailoa and reload on defense

2023 record: 11-6, lost in wild-card round

Draft picks per round

1st Round: No. 21
2nd Round: No. 55
5th Round: No. 158
6th Round: No. 184 (Bears)
6th Round: No. 198
7th Round: No. 241

(Taylar Sievert/Yahoo Sports)
(Taylar Sievert/Yahoo Sports)

Top needs

Offensive line
Tight end
Cornerback
Defensive line

The Dolphins need a major upgrade to their offensive line if they want to maximize Tua Tagovailoa and their speedy wide receivers. They have a great one-two punch at cornerback with Jalen Ramsey and Kendall Fuller, who they signed in free agency, but getting younger there isn't a bad idea. They also need reinforcements on the defensive line after losing DT Christian Wilkins to the Raiders.

The Dolphins need to protect Tua Tagovailoa much better along the offensive line, which should be an area of focus in the NFL Draft. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The Dolphins need to protect Tua Tagovailoa much better along the offensive line, which should be an area of focus in the NFL Draft. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Best first-round fits

Graham Barton, OL, Duke OL
Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Best Day 2 fits

Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas
Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri
Zach Frazier, OL, West Virginia

How they did last draft

The Dolphins drafted only four players last year and earned a B. They hit a home run in running back De’Von Achane. They’ll get a few more swings at the bat during this draft, which is pivotal for them.

Dream fantasy draft pick

Miami is unlikely to make major adjustments to its offensive skill talent; the draft focus figures to be on the offensive and defensive lines. The offense could still go to the moon, it's just going to require better health than we saw in 2023. A receiver in the second half of the draft makes sense, but a tight end is less likely after the team added Jonnu Smith. Our fantasy prospectus of the Dolphins is unlikely to change after three days in Detroit. — Scott Pianowski