ESPN’s post-free-agency NFL power rankings crush Miami Dolphins

The national outlook on the Dolphins isn’t positive. (AP)

The most compelling part of free agency is finished at this point, and the remaining signings will be from teams trying to fill bit parts here and there. The Dolphins, for example, would still like to find a tight end, linebacker and maybe some depth for their secondary and defensive line.

As it continues to search for those pieces and prepare for next month’s NFL Draft, Miami believes it has a viable roster for the upcoming season. Adam Gase said this morning that the current version of the team looks closest to what he envisioned when he took the job in 2016.

Most of the media isn’t so optimistic. In fact, in ESPN’s latest power rankings, the panel of 80 voters had the Dolphins dead last.

They are behind some teams that were shockingly bad last year, including the 4-12 Colts and winless Browns. Cleveland might be a surprise team this year despite going 1-31 over the last two seasons, and Jarvis Landry is likely to be a big part of that turnaround if it happens.

You can view the full rankings by clicking here.

The AFC East is always going to be a challenge for Miami with the Patriots looming at the top, and they’re No. 2 in the rankings. The Bills (23) and Jets (26) are at least in reach.

The Dolphins will play six games against teams in the top 10 on this list, including visits to No. 3 Minnesota and No. 9 Green Bay.

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