With the No. 56 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected defensive tackle Raekwon Davis from the University of Alabama.
Miami Struggled in Both Pass, Rush Defense in 2019
The Dolphins struggled defensively last season, so it makes sense they draft another pick on that side of the football. Miami ranked 27th in rushing yards allowed and 26th in passing yards allowed out of the 32 teams in the NFL. General Manager Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores are without a doubt drafting Davis in their early picks to improve both facets. Davis will likely make a more immediate impact in the Dolphins’ rush defense however.
Power, Size, Quickness Elevate Davis
Looking at his draft stock, Davis is a versatile defensive player that has a combination of power, size, length and quickness. Davis can provide depth in a 3-4 scheme and cause problems for opposing blockers.
Dolphins Might’ve Gone Running Back If Not For Ravens
Davis was picked after the Baltimore Ravens drafted running back J.K. Dobbins with the 55th overall pick. Miami fans were likely thinking the team would pick up one of the top five running backs in the draft to pair with newly acquired veteran Jordan Howard. However, the Dolphins allowed the two remaining backs, Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor, to remain on the board after their 39th overall pick where they were slated to take one.
The Ravens took the best player available despite what they actually needed, in the end snaking the Dolphins and making them go for Davis instead.
Optimistic For More Defensive Players
Hopefully, this means Grier and Flores know something we clearly don’t as they did not touch the highly praised backs in the draft.
Despite what led the team to drafting Davis, the only two questions that remain now are:
1) Did the Dolphins do right by drafting Davis?
2) How will his game translate onto the NFL field when the season starts for his new team in the future?