Ranking every Miami Dolphins offseason addition, 1-25

Defensive end Robert Quinn of the Los Angeles Rams lunges at quarterback Carson Palmer in a game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images).

Since last season ended, the Miami Dolphins have acquired at least 14 players through free agency, 3 players via trade and 8 players in the draft.

The Dolphins finished 6-10 last season and dumped Pro Bowlers Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey.

So the Dolphins need many of these players to come through, and quickly.

Taking into consideration price, value and skill, here is my ranking of Miami’s offseason acquisitions. Keep in mind, this is not a ranking of these players from best-to-worst, but a ranking of the value and quality of the acquisition.

  1. (TRADE) DE Robert Quinn from L.A. Rams for fourth round pick. He’s 27 years old with reasonable two years left on contract.
  2. (SIGNED) G Josh Sitton. Miami adds PFF’s #5 ranked guard, addressing a long-standing need.
  3. (DRAFTED) S Minkah Fitzpatrick. Not a glaring need, but one of the NFL’s best first-round draft values.
  4. (SIGNED) RB Frank Gore. Ranked even with Kenyan Drake in ’17 by PFF, a well-priced mentor for the youngster.
  5. (TRADE) DT Akeem Spence. For a seventh rounder, a reasonably-priced veteran ranked higher than Miami’s returning DT’s by PFF.
  6. (TRADE) C Daniel Kilgore. This is tough because it resulted in Mike Pouncey’s cut. But acquired for mere seventh round slide.
  7. (DRAFTED) TE Mike Gesicki. This feels like a home run or a strike out. But Miami needed an athletic dynamo at the position.
  8. (SIGNED) DL William Hayes. If healthy, an important under-the-radar signing.
  9. (SIGNED) WR Danny Amendola. They’re paying him for one year about what NE paid for three; but he should help.
  10. (SIGNED) WR Albert Wilson. This is a projection/upside signing, but we trust Adam Gase’s WR evaluation.
  11. (DRAFTED) RB Kalen Ballage. The Daily Dolphin heavily endorses this choice, made with Jay Ajayi pick.
  12. (SIGNED) OT Sam Young. Proved highly capable in reserve role last season.
  13. (SIGNED) DB Walt Aikens. With Michael Thomas moving on, securing special teams ace Aikens was important.
  14. (DRAFTED) LB Jerome Baker. In a specialized coverage role, has athleticism to contribute.
  15. (DRAFTED) TE Durham Smythe. If he emulates Anthony Fasano’s strengths, good pick.
  16. (SIGNED) LB Terence Garvin. Can be a valuable cog on special teams.
  17. (SIGNED) LS John Denney. More John Denney is like more Cowbell. It rocks.
  18. (SIGNED) QB David Fales. Adam Gase wanted him back. And he may be Miami’s backup.
  19. (SIGNED) OT Roubbens Joseph. Worthwhile flier on a behemoth.
  20. (SIGNED) TE Gavin Escobar. Worthwhile flier on a former second rounder.
  21. (DRAFTED) LB Quentin Poling. Potential special teamer and reserve.
  22. (DRAFTED) DB Cornell Armstrong. Says he tries to play like Brent Grimes.
  23. (SIGNED) QB Bryce Petty. Worth a look in training camp.
  24. (DRAFTED) K Jason Sanders. If Darren Rizzi says he can kick, I think he can kick.
  25. (SIGNED) QB Brock Osweiler. We’ll see.

 

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