Fresh off an active offseason of wheeling and dealing, the Miami Dolphins look like a completely different team after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Miami replaced head coach Brian Flores with longtime San Francisco 49ers assistant Mike McDaniel and then made one of the biggest splashes of the offseason, acquiring All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs on March 23 for five draft picks.
The Hill trade, while vastly improving Miami’s offense, which ranked 22nd in points per game in 2021, severely limited its draft activity.
Miami, which already traded its first-round pick this year to the Philadelphia Eagles to select Jaylen Waddle with the No. 6 pick in the 2021 draft, did not have a selection until the end of Day 2 — its first pick was No. 102.
The Dolphins further cut into their drafting ability when they offloaded their fifth-round pick (No. 158) as part of the DeVante Parker trade to the New England Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in 2023.
Here’s a recap of the Dolphins’ 2022 NFL Draft class.
Dolphins NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 3, Pick 38 (102nd Overall): Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
- Round 4, Pick 20 (125th Overall): Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
- Round 7, Pick 3 (224th Overall): Cameron Goode, OLB, California
- Round 7, Pick 26 (247th Overall): Skylar Thompson, QB, Kansas State
The Dolphins offloaded three top-50 selections over the past year to draft Waddle and acquire Hill in an effort to upgrade their offense under third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Miami’s only selection in the first two days came via San Francisco, which traded its third-round compensatory pick as part of the 2021 draft-day deal that enabled the 49ers to choose quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick.
The Dolphins used that selection on Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall, who made 17 tackles and recorded two sacks last season on one of the best defense’s in college football history. He projects a long-term starter, but could help immediately on special teams.
Erik Ezukanma will also likely be a long-term developmental project as the Miami wide receiver room now features, Hill, Waddle, and Cedrick Wilson.
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Note: The Dolphins NFL Draft predictions below were published before the 2022 NFL Draft.
Pre-Draft Dolphins NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 3, Compensatory Pick (102nd Overall): Dohnovan West, C, Arizona State
- Round 4, Pick 20 (125th Overall): Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
More Possible Dolphins Draft Targets: Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
Pre-Draft Dolphins Team Needs 2022
1. Interior Offensive Line
Miami addressed every offensive position through free agency and trades.
Aside from Hill and designating tight end Mike Gesicki as its franchise player, Miami signed wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, and fullback Alec Ingold. Miami even addressed its backup quarterback spot by signing Teddy Bridgewater.
The Dolphins paid big bucks to shore up their O-line, giving veteran Terron Armstead, a three-time Pro Bowl left tackle who spent nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints, a five-year contract, and former Cowboys guard Connor Williams a two-year deal.
Williams and Armstead expect to provide consistency for the left side of Miami’s offensive line, which allowed 40 sacks in 2021 and finished last in pass-blocking win rate (47 percent).
But Tagovailoa is a lefty, which means the newly signed veteran lineman won’t be protecting his blindside unless he’s unseated as the starter, meaning Miami still needs to upgrade the right side of its line and center.
Miami has taken an offensive lineman in each of the past three drafts. Don’t be stunned if that streak reaches four.
2. Inside Linebacker
The Dolphins should again play a 3-4 under third-year defensive coordinator Josh Boyer. However, they should be okay at EDGE and outside linebacker thanks to 2021 first-round pick Jaelan Phillips, leading sack producer Emmanuel Ogbah’s return, and leading tackler Jerome Baker.
But inside, it’s Elandon Roberts, who re-signed this offseason, and not much else. He received just a 54.1 grade from Pro Football Focus, making him the 44th linebacker out of 87 in the NFL, which means Miami should target one with one of its picks this year.
Teams typically don’t draft kickers, let alone punters. Yet, so much has been made of Miami’s punting woes, particularly early last season, and given its sheer lack of needs, it is plausible that the Dolphins take a punter with one of their selections.
Dolphins May Also Consider Drafting: Safety, Running Back, Cornerback