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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Miami Dolphins

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Miami Dolphins rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

New Year's resolution: Support Tua!

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has spent four top-90 picks on offensive linemen since 2019 -- and they still own the worst pass-blocking offensive line in 2021. With nearly $80 million of projected cap space this offseason, it's time to stop throwing draft picks at this problem and start spending serious money on it. While he's at it, draft an impact running back on the second day of the draft; Grier's preference is to wait until Day 3, and it shows on the field. Miami has a decision to make when it comes to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after next season. It needs to either put a supporting cast around him that can help him succeed or put the pieces in place for Tagovailoa's successor if the team decides to move on. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

NFL.com -- Rank: 17

The Dolphins had the chance to show the doubters their seven-game winning streak wasn't merely the product of a soft schedule -- then delivered a flat performance against the Titans that validated all those naysayers. The defense was bullied by a Tennessee running game missing Derrick Henry, while Tua Tagovailoa struggled through a poor performance that featured two turnovers and nary an impact play when the outcome remained in doubt. When the Dolphins decision-makers need to decide what to do at the QB position this offseason, one can imagine Week 17 sticking in their heads.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

They were eliminated from the playoffs in losing to the Titans. Tua Tagovailoa was not good in a big moment, which means he might not be their long-term guy.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Welp, they couldn't stay on the junior varsity circuit forever.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Future MVP: Xavien Howard has been the Dolphins' most important (non-quarterback) player for a few years, and he'll remain so in 2022. Howard has four interceptions and two forced fumbles this season, and while that's a drop in production from his 10-pick season in 2020, he is an invaluable presence in the Miami backfield. Howard's ability to shut down opposing receivers, especially in man coverage, gives coach Brian Flores a perfect piece to continue building around.

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