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2020 NFL Draft: 5 positions the Dolphins should target

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins were one of the biggest winners in free agency, but they still have some work to do in the 2020 NFL Draft.

For all intents and purposes, the 2020 offseason is the real first spring and summer for the Miami Dolphins rebuild project. Under Brian Flores, the Dolphins showed impressive levels of fight in a 2019 season more about looking toward the future, and they stood out the most when they upset the New England Patriots at the end of the season.

Miami signed Byron Jones and host of other quality players, including some former Patriots at the linebacker position, so their defense is on the rise. Now, it’s all about using the draft to put the final touches, with the main focus on the quarterback position.

Here are the five biggest positional needs for the Dolphins in the 2020 NFL Draft.

5. Wide Receiver

DeVante Parker is a legitimate top two target, Albert Wilson is a great playmaker underneath, and the jury is still out on Preston Williams. However, the Dolphins ideally need another partner on the outside for Parker in two and three-wide sets, especially with a new young quarterback on the way.

Miami’s next franchise quarterback needs a full cast of weapons, and the team isn’t quite there yet. Adding another running back to the mix could help, but between Jordan Howard and Kalen Ballage, they should be OK. Michael Gesicki gives the Dolphins a potential 2020 breakout star at tight end.

But at wide receiver, they still feel thin. Adding an impact player on Day 2 could do wonders.

4. Safety

While the Dolphins will boast one of the league’s best cornerback duos in 2020 after signing Byron Jones to pair up with Xavien Howard, the safety position, which was once a source of pride in Reshad Jones’ heyday, is now a massive weakness.

Miami could stand to add more pieces to the defensive line, but the safety position is clearly the biggest weakness here. It’s unlikely – and unwise – for Jones to be converted back to safety, so the Dolphins should see upgrading the position as one of their priorities in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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