With the Dolphins hitting the practice field exactly one week from today, essentially signaling the start of football season, major media outlets are beginning to release their season predictions and power rankings.
Pro Football Talk has followed suit by ranking every NFL team 32 to one. They’ve been revealing one team a day and haven’t begun to slot the top 20 yet, so the Dolphins’ spot hasn’t been addressed….right? Wrong.
PFT placed the Dolphins 23rd in their rankings yesterday, predicting what would be a disaster season for a franchise that has gone all-in to win in 2013.
If the Dolphins are the 23rd best team in football and the standings reflect that ranking, they would be selecting 10th overall in the 2014 draft with a likely record of only six or seven wins. The Dolphins were scheduled to pick 12th overall in this year’s draft before trading up to the No. 3 pick.
Despite the additions of Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brent Grimes and Dustin Keller in free agency and a presumably improved Ryan Tannehill under center, PFT actually thinks the Dolphins will fare worse this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who finished 2-14 in 2012, will be higher on PFT’s list, as will the Lions, Titans, Rams and Cowboys.
I’m not going to unveil my predictions for the Dolphins this season until this coming Friday. But I want to hear from our readers.
Is No. 23 entirely too low for the Dolphins? Is PFT’s outlook on Miami’s season realistic? Let me know where you think the Dolphins should rank in the comments!