The Miami Dolphins (5-10) have lost five of their past six games. However, each loss gets Miami closer to a very valuable draft pick in the offseason.
Miami’s 18-12 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday improved the team’s draft stock. The Dolphins currently have the No. 6 overall pick with one week remaining in the regular season.
Will Miami finish with a top-5 pick? It’s certainly possible.
The Dolphins will host the reigning champion New England Patriots (12-3) this weekend at Sun Life Stadium in a game that could get ugly for the home team. New England, which lost last week, still has something to play for.
New England can clinch home-field advantage with a win over Miami and won’t be playing around. That likely means a 5-11 finish for the Dolphins and a chance to move into the coveted top 5 of the draft.
The Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers are all 4-11. A win by any of those teams -- coupled with a Miami loss -- would open the door for the Dolphins to move up the draft board.
Here is the current top of the NFL draft order heading into Week 17:
No. 1: Titans (3-12)
No. 2: Browns (3-12)
No. 3: Chargers (4-11)
No. 4: Cowboys (4-11)
No. 5: 49ers (4-11)
No. 6: Dolphins (5-10)
No. 7: Jaguars (5-10)
No. 8: Ravens (5-10)
Miami is in dire need of impact players. A top-5 pick provides a chance for the team to consider drafting any position, including quarterback, if it chooses. Either way, it will be an interesting offseason in South Florida.