Miami Dolphins: Future begins with 7-round 2020 mock draft

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While Nik Needham has been solid for the Dolphins and while Xavien Howard will return from being on IR this year, it’s not an overstatement to say that the secondary is a major point of concern for Miami moving forward. There is little consistency, highly questionable depth and a need for more talent in that group.

That’s why Miami takes Paulson Adebo out of Stanford with their first pick in the second round. While Adebo did not have a consistent season with the Cardinal and was less impressive in 2018 than in 2019, his overall body of work still shows us an incredibly gifted cornerback, particularly in off man and softer coverages. He could be a great addition for a defensive back group that needs assistance.

After getting a bonafide first-round tackle with Wills in the first round, the Dolphins can’t stop there in building their offensive line. Thus, with their second selection in the second round, their attention turns to the interior of the line and they see a guy in Trey Smith that can really help that group moving forward.

Moving from tackle to guard at Tennessee was the right move for Smith as he showed more prowess inside. He has terrific power and athleticism to go with the right amount of size at guard. While he may still be transitioning a bit with his move inside, Smith has the makings of a long-time NFL interior lineman, which is what Miami needs.

It would stand to reason, given how the Miami Dolphins have tried to shed big-money contracts this season, that they will next try to unload Reshad Jones. After trading Minkah Fitzpatrick earlier this season, that leaves a big hole at safety that will need to be filled. Hamsah Nasirildeen — all 6-4 and 215 pounds of him — can fill that hole for as much as one player can.

While his size might lead you to believe he’s a heavy-hitting box safety, Nasirildeen is much more gifted than that. In fact, his ability coming up against the run might be the thing he needs to work on most. Nasirildeen is a fantastic coverage player with nice quickness and footwork to go with ungodly length. He’ll be a steal if Miami can nab him early in the third round.