Miami continues to target veterans through trades and signing free agents to improve their roster rather than focusing on new talent. Two of their top trades garnered linebacker Bradley Chubb from Denver and cornerback Jalen Ransey from the Rams. They also acquired free agent linebacker David Long Jr. to create a strong, deep defense, which should rise to the top with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. He’s one of the best defensive play-callers in NFL history. Let’s explore the Miami Dolphins 2023 team.
Miami Dolphins 2023 Draft Picks
For the second year in a row, the Dolphins had the fewest picks for the draft at four. Their first-round selection was forfeited as punishment for multiple violations of the league’s anti-tampering policy. They were found guilty of tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton. Their first pick came in round two, and instead of addressing their offensive line needs, they focused on speed.
- Round 2, No. 51 – Cam Smith, CB. He is the only pick that has not yet signed a contract with the team. He’s a well-rounded competitive alpha with a physical edge.
- Round 3, No. 84 – Devon Achane, RB. In his three seasons at Texas A&M, Achane ran for 2,376 yards and recorded 554 receiving yards with 28 touchdowns combined. He was also positioned as a kick returner and was an All-American at 100-meter and 200-meter track lengths.
- Round 6, No. 197 – Elijah Higgins, WR. He stands 6’ 3” and weighs 235 pounds. He’s a big man with incredible athleticism but has limited quickness. He’s a little rough around the edges but shows excellent potential.
- Round 7, No. 238 – Ryan Hayes, OT. Hayes was part of the team at the University of Michigan in 2021 and 2022 that won the Joe Moore Award in two consecutive seasons – the only unit to ever do so. The Joe Moore Award is given to the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit.
With Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, and now Devon Achane, the Dolphins may have the fastest offense in the NFL.
The Miami Dolphins acquired eight free agents in the 2023 offseason and lost seven.
Mike White, QB from New York Jets
Braxton Berrios, WR from New York Jets
Eric Saubert, TE from Denver
Dan Feeney, OL from New York Jets
David Long Jr., LB from Tennessee
Malik Reed, LB from Denver
DeShon Elliott, S from Detroit
Jake Bailey, P from New England
Trent Sherfield, WR to Buffalo
Mike Gesicki, TE to New England
Michael Deiter, OL to Houston
John Jenkins, DT to Las Vegas
Elandon Roberts, LB to Pittsburgh
Eric Rowe, DB to Carolina
Thomas Mostead, P to New York Jets
Starter Tua Tagovailoa missed too much of last season due to injuries, leaving the backup Skylar Thompson to cover for him. Thompson impressed everyone in the preseason, completing 75% of his attempts for 450 yards, five touchdowns (top of the league), and no interceptions. Unfortunately, in the seven regular-season games and one postseason game, his completion rate was only 52% for 754 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
White will be Tagovailoa’s backup, leaving Thompson as third string moving into camp. Even though Thompson looked impressive in the minicamp and OTAs, after what happened last year, he’d have to outshine White to be moved to backup this season. With Tagovailoa’s history of injuries, whoever they pick for backup must be ready to play anytime.
Whichever quarterback is manning the offensive line, he’ll have two of the top wide receivers in the league, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, to work with.
Odds for the 2023 Season
The Bills are expected to continue dominating the AFC East, but now that Aaron Rogers has moved to New York, the Jets are competing with the Dolphins for second place.
Odds to Win the AFC East
Buffalo Bills +125
New York Jets +250
Miami Dolphins +300
New England Patriots +750
The first big hill to climb will be getting into the playoffs. Miami’s odds are -110, which is a good start. But once they get in, here’s how they measure up against their rivals:
Odds to Win the AFC Conference
Kansas City Chiefs +350
Buffalo Bills +475
Cincinnati Bengals +500
New York Jets +900
Baltimore Ravens +1100
Miami Dolphins +1300
Odds to Win the Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs +600
Philadelphia Eagles +700
Buffalo Bills +900
San Francisco 49ers +950
Cincinnati Bengals +1000
Dallas Cowboys +1400
New York Jets +1600
Baltimore Ravens +2000
Miami Dolphins +2500
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