It’s time for the Dolphins to draft help for Ndamukong Suh

Miami's run defense has graded progressively worse in recent years. PFF premium stats show why the Dolphins should use the draft to fortify the unit.

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It’s time for the Dolphins to draft help for Ndamukong Suh

  • Miami’s run defense has been on the decline the past three seasons. ranking (in terms of PFF grades) 15th in 2014, 20th in 2015, and 28th in 2016.
  • Since he’s joined the team, Ndamukong Suh has accounted for 56.9 percent of the run stops among all of the Dolphins’ defensive tackles. Suh had 62 run stops over the past two seasons; the second-most recorded by a Dolphins’ defensive tackle over that span was 19 by Earl Mitchell.
  • Jordan Phillips – Miami’s second-round draft pick in 2015 – improved in his second year, while seeing an increase in workload, but his 48.1 run-defense grade last season still ranked just 83rd among 117 qualified defensive interior players.
  • Larry Ogunjobi, PFF’s 127th overall ranked prospect, could be an option as a mid-round pick. Ogunjobi totaled 77 run stops in two seasons and had a 14.2 run-stop percentage last season, first among draft-eligible interior defenders. He was also fourth among all defensive interior FBS players last season with a 90.4 run-defense grade.


  • Tony Oliva

    Defensive tackle is perhaps the only position the Dolphins did not address in Free Agency/trade to replace a veteran that was lost (Mitchell). They did address S,LB, DE, G, & TE for the upcoming season. It is likely that Phins plan is to draft a run stopping DT somewhere in the 1st 3 rounds. Thanks for the tip on Ogunjobi.

  • gofins60

    Miami had a Top 5 Rushing Defense when Philbin took over the team. He put Coyle in charge of the defense and Coyle changed the schemes. That first season the rushing defense dropped in the rankings with mostly the same players; Coyle’s defensive schemes were terrible. Every year after that they dropped further in the rankings. Philbin and Ireland got rid of talented players because Philbin didn’t like them, and in pretty much every instance the replacement player was worse than the player they replaced. IMO, paying all of that money for Suh was a waste. Miami should have changed the defense (and the Front Office personnel) if they wanted to be successful again.

    Unfortunately, when Gase was hired he named Joseph as the DC. Joseph was a DB Coach for the Bengals (same as Coyle), and his defense looked similar to Coyle’s defense. Even if it was slightly different, the results were the same… they sucked. They ran a terrible defense with few talented players thanks to Tannenbaum’s Front Office. Philbin and Coyle changed a tough, physical defense into a finesse defense, and the results were pathetic. At present, Gase is basically keeping the same style of defense, and IMO they’re going to continue to suck until they switch from finesse to a tough, nasty, old-school smash-mouth style of defense (and the same goes for the o-line!).

    • crosseyedlemon

      If the Dolphins want to take bounties I think Greg Williams is available.