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:
- Average ranking: 14.4 (T-13th)
- Best ranking: 11th (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 16th (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 16
This is low-hanging fruit, sure, but Tagovailoa is absolutely under pressure to perform in his second NFL season. The team around him is built for success, and although Miami's offensive line still has room for improvement, the Dolphins expect to see a more confident, aggressive quarterback in 2021. He gets somewhat of a pass for last season, coming off a debilitating hip injury and entering the league in a pandemic-ravaged offseason. But in a year when the Dolphins should expect to make the playoffs, Tagovailoa must rise to the occasion. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques
NFL.com -- Rank: 14
CBS Sports -- Rank: 15
USA Today -- Rank: 11
The Athletic -- Rank: 16
One big question: Can they protect Tua? The Dolphins' offensive line is far from settled. Miami traded for two linemen in recent weeks (tackle Greg Little from Carolina, and guard Greg Mancz from Baltimore) as it tries to figure out the five best players to put in front of its new starting quarterback. Tagovailoa is far enough removed from his college hip injury to worry about his health, but he's going to need competent and consistent play from that line, both to establish a running game and to give him time to actually throw downfield. That was missing from the Dolphins' passing attack once Tagovailoa became the starter in the second half of last season.
More Miami Dolphins pages:
- Miami Dolphins Mock Draft Roundup
- Miami Dolphins Snap Counts
- Miami Dolphins Franchise Leaders
- Miami Dolphins Draft History
- Miami Dolphins Schedule
- Miami Dolphins Tickets
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