These 8 teams improved the most in their divisions this offseason
The Eagles, led by their selection of QB Carson Wentz, are among the teams that improved the most within their divisions.
AFC East: Miami Dolphins
Free agency grade: C-
Key additions: CB Byron Maxwell, DE Mario Williams, LB Kiko Alonso, OT Jermon Bushrod, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, DE Andre Branch
Key losses: DE Olivier Vernon, CB Brent Grimes, RB Lamar Miller, DE Derrick Shelby, CB Brice McCain, WR Rishard Matthews, DE Quinton Coples
Draft grade: A-
Key additions: OT Laremy Tunsil, CB Xavien Howard, RB Kenyan Drake, WR Leonte Carroo, WR Jakeem Grant, S Jordan Lucas, QB Brandon Doughty, WR Thomas Duarte
After adding several defensive players through trade and free agency, the Dolphins clearly went into the draft looking to address their offense, as six of their eight selections were offensive players. Due to off-field concerns, the Dolphins were able to draft Laremy Tunsil, arguably the best player in the draft, at 13th overall. Tunsil will instantly make the Dolphins’ offensive line more athletic and effective in protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins also placed several new weapons around Tannehill in pass-catching running back Kenyan Drake, very underrated and highly productive wide receiver Leonte Carroo, a flex tight end in Thomas Duarte, and the speedy Jakeem Grant. Tannehill ranked just No. 25 in our quarterback grades in 2015, and needs to have a better 2016 if the Dolphins are going to make a playoff push. The Dolphins also added a potential backup quarterback in Brandon Doughty, who was highly accurate and highly productive in college, finishing as our No. 3-graded quarterback in the draft class.
While the Patriots are still the elite team in the AFC East, the Dolphins gained more ground on the Patriots than the Jets or Bills did during free agency and the draft.