What Jason Taylor Signing with the New York Jets Means for the Miami Dolphins

Jason DiCarloContributor IApril 12, 2017

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Today, Jason Taylor signed a contract with the Dolphins' most hated rivals, the New York Jets. This deal was rumored to be complete since Taylor met with the Jets on April 8 and 9.

Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, was trying to convince him that joining the Jets was the best opportunity for him as a player. The Dolphins had been stringing him along since the end of the season. They never gave him an answer on re-signing him for another year. The Dolphins asked him to wait till after the draft for their decision, which Taylor didn't want to do.

If he had waited, the Jets may have found someone to fill his role. Also, Miami most likely will draft an OLB on Thursday or Friday in the 2010 NFL Draft. Taylor would then have had no offer and no team interested in him, leaving him a free agent until someone decided to take a chance on an aging veteran.

Now that Taylor has signed with the Jets, the Dolphins have no choice but to address the need in the draft. They could use the No. 12 pick on an OLB. Some players that would be tempting to take a chance on are: Derrick Morgan, Jason Pierre-Paul, Sergio Kindle, and Brandon Graham.

Miami will most likely try to trade down from the No. 12 pick. They are rumored to be looking to replace the second-round pick they lost in the Brandon Marshall trade. They could do this by trading a player, Ronnie Brown, or trading into the 20s in the draft. If they add a second-round pick through a trade with the No. 12 pick, they could draft Brandon Graham or Sergio Kindle with their first-round pick.

Then with their second-round pick they would get in the first-round trade, they could draft an NT. Cam Thomas, Torrell Troup, and Terrence Cody would be the best available at this spot. With their third-round, No. 73 overall pick, the Dolphins would draft a free safety where a player that slipped out of the second round could be. Nate Allen, Morgan Burnett, Reshad Jones, or Major Wright all would be tempting.

Heading into the fourth round on Saturday morning the Dolphins could then draft another OLB. A few names could jump out at them, with players like Jason Worilds, Ricky Sapp, Koa Misi, Thaddeus Gibson, and Eric Norwood possibly slipping into round four.

After the Dolphins added WR Brandon Marshall they shipped Ted Ginn Jr. to the 49ers for a fifth-round draft pick. With this pick they should, going off of my draft plan, add depth for running back. Ricky Williams isn't getting any younger and Ronnie Brown is on the trade block and is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season. LeGarrette Blount and Anthony Dixon both could be around with this pick.

In rounds six and seven the Dolphins have six picks to add more depth at WR, TE, OL, LB, and DB. WR Mike Williams, TE Ed Dickson, OG Mike Johnson or Sergio Render, ILB Micah Johnson, and CB/FS Myron Lewis all would be good additions to the Dolphins.


My Draft Plan

First Round: Sergio Kindle, OLB

Second Round: Cam Thomas, NT

Third Round: Morgan Burnett, FS

Fourth Round: Jason Worilds, OLB

Fifth Round: LeGarrette Blount, RB

Sixth Round(a): Mike Williams, WR

Sixth Round(b): Mike Johnson, OG

Sixth Round(c): Myron Lewis, CB/FS

Seventh Round (three picks): Draft an ILB, TE, OL