AFC East Draft Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Bills & Pats

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With the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, teams are putting the final touches on their draft boards. While this draft will be different, being conducted virtually, there’s still the same intrigue. Here’s a look at some of the AFC East Draft Notes. 

Draft Notes: Miami Dolphins

  • Dolphins enter the 2020 NFL Draft with the most picks (14), including three in the first round and six in the top-70.
  • Miami spent $235 million on 10 free agents recently, most on the defensive side of the ball. Dolphins surrendered a franchise-record 494 points in 2019. They registered the fewest sacks and allowed the most touchdown passes. Despite, the money spent on free agents, Miami will still look for help on defense early in the draft. 
  • Dolphins will make a Top-5 pick for only the fifth time since 1967. Team history is spotty that high. Picks include Dion Jordan (3rd in 2013), Jake Long (1st in 2008), Ronnie Brown (2nd in 2005) and Bob Griese (4th in 1967). 
  • Miami needs: QB, OT, IOL, DT, S

Draft Notes: New York Jets 

Draft Notes: Buffalo Bills

  • Bills addressed major need at wide receiver with the trade for Stefon Diggs. They surrendered four picks in the deal, including No. 22 overall in 2020. 
  • Buffalo signed DE Mario Addison, DT Vernon Butler, LB A.J. Klein and DB Josh Norman in free agency. All had ties to head coach Sean McDermott from time in Carolina. 
  • Bills offense scored 21 or more points only six times in 2019, so draft focus could look to add offensive weapons.
  • Needs: LB, DB, DE, RB; Picks: 54, 86, 128, 167, 188, 207, 239

Draft Notes: New England Patriots

  • For the first time in 20 years, Patriots have no clear starting quarterback thanks to Tom Brady‘s free agency departure to Tampa Bay. 23-year-old Jarrett Stidham sits atop depth chart. Team signed veteran Brian Hoyer as well.
  • Bill Belichick has made 77 draft-day trades with Patriots. 
  • Belichick called 2020 quarterbacks an “interesting group and probably one that has decent depth.”
  • Patriots lost LBs Kyle Van Noy (Miami), Jamie Collins (Detroit) and Elandon Roberts (Detroit) in free agency. Could target LSU LB Patrick Queen.
  • Needs: QB, LB, TE, WR, DL, OL; 12 picks, including No. 23, three third rounders, four sixth rounders.

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