How the Miami Dolphins compare to New England Patriots, at the moment

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady #12 in action against the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

There are free agents to be signed and players to be drafted. And yes, the Miami Dolphins say publicly they need to focus on what they’re doing and how they’re growing as an organization, not the Patriots. Or Bills. Or Jets.

OK. Really, or Patriots.

But how can you ignore a franchise that wins year after year and seems to add players of note, without giving up much, year after year?

The Patriots have already added Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore, Dwayne Allen, Kona Ealey and Rex Burkhead and re-signed Dont’a Hightower, Duron Harmon and Alan Branch this off-season, moving draft choices and spending money, well, right after another Super Bowl win.

But the Dolphins are moving in the right direction, too. Will there come a moment (after Tom Brady’s retirement?) where Miami passes New England? Who knows. But here’s a look at how each team’s top talent ranks according to Pro Football Focus, at one moment in time, a few days into 2017 Free Agency.

These edges were determined by using the best average at each position among players expected to contribute significantly (at the moment). Any tie went to the team with the highest-ranked player.

Based solely on these Pro Football Focus ranking averages these are the positions each team has an edge in:

New England (6) — Quarterback, Offensive Line, Tight End, Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety

Miami (3) — Running Back, Wide Receiver, Defensive Line

Based solely on these Pro Football Focus rankings, here are the Top 10 (star-caliber) players for each team:

New England (5) — Tom Brady (1), Rob Gronkowski (2), Marcus Cannon (3), Devin McCourty (4), Malcolm Butler (7).

Miami (5) — Jay Ajayi (3), Ndamukong Suh (4), Reshad Jones (6), Jarvis Landry (9), , Cameron Wake (10).

POSITIONAL RANKINGS

QUARTERBACK (Edge: New England)

New England — Tom Brady (1)

Miami — Ryan Tannehill (15)

RUNNING BACK (Edge: Miami)

New England — James White (29)

Miami — Jay Ajayi (3)

WIDE RECEIVER (Edge: Miami)

New England — Julian Edelman (21); Brandin Cooks (28); Chris Hogan (63); Danny Amendola (65)

Miami — Jarvis Landry (9); DeVante Parker (26); Kenny Stills (53)

OFFENSIVE LINE (Edge: New England)

New England — Marcus Cannon (3); Shaq Mason (15); Nate Solder (19); David Andrews (22); Joe Thuney (46);

Miami — Ja’Wuan James (32); Laremy Tunsil (41); Ted Larsen (44); Mike Pouncey (UR);  Kraig Urbik (UR)

TIGHT END (Edge: New England)

New England — Rob Gronkowski (2); Dwayne Allen (41)

Miami — Anthony Fasano (15); Julius Thomas (28)

DEFENSIVE LINE (Edge: Miami)

New England — Alan Branch (25); Malcom Brown (31); Trey Flowers (31); Lawrence Guy (38); Shea McClellin (67); Kony Ealy (78); Rob Ninkovich (86)

Miami —Ndamukong Suh (4); Cameron Wake (10); William Hayes (17); Jordan Phillips (56); Andre Branch (70); Terrence Fede (UR)

LINEBACKER (Edge: New England)

New England — Dont’a Hightower (12); Kyle Van Noy (53); Elandon Roberts (54); Jonathan Freeny (UR)

Miami — Kiko Alonso (48); Lawrence Timmons (70); Neville Hewitt (75); Koa Misi (UR)

CORNERBACK (Edge: New England)

New England — Malcolm Butler (7, RFA); Eric Rowe (57); Stephon Gilmore (61); Justin Coleman (UR)

Miami —Byron Maxwell (11); Bobby McCain (68); Tony Lippett (75); Xavien Howard (78)

SAFETY (Edge: New England)

New England — Devin McCourty (4); Duron Harmon (54); Patrick Chung (82)

Miami — Reshad Jones (6); Michael Thomas (83); Nate Allen (UR)

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