Miami Dolphins way-too-early 53-man roster prediction: Defense

August is around the corner, which means that the stakes are high for many players reporting to Miami Dolphins training camp.

The Dolphins follow up the way-too-early offense roster with their final decisions on defense. In this scenario, the Dolphins kept 25 players on the offensive side of the ball: three quarterbacks, three running backs, one fullback, six receivers, three tight ends, and nine offensive linemen. 25 spots are left for defensive players, while the remaining three roster spots are reserved for specialists.

Which defensive players are projected to make the Dolphins’ 53-man roster?

Defensive linemen (6):

  • Zach Sieler
  • Neville Gallimore
  • Calais Campell
  • Da’Shawn Hand
  • Benito Jones
  • Isaiah Mack

The Dolphins look to recover after losing Christian Wilkins. Zach Sieler will be relied on heavily while Calais Campbell and Neville Gallimore have big shoes to fill in the replacement of Wilkins and Raekwon Davis. Da’Shawn Hand, Benito Jones, and Isaiah Mack round out the room.

EDGE (5):

  • Jaelan Phillips
  • Bradley Chubb
  • Chop Robinson
  • Shaquil Barrett
  • Mohamed Kamara

There’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding the edge rushers approaching the 2024 season, as starters Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb are recovering from surgery-requiring injuries. The Dolphins planned ahead, drafting Chop Robinson and bringing in Shaquil Barrett, who could be thrown into the mix early.

Inside linebackers (4):

  • David Long Jr.
  • Jordyn Brooks
  • Duke Riley
  • Anthony Walker Jr.
  • Channing Tindall

The departure of Jerome Baker was a big one, forcing David Long Jr. into a leadership position. Accompanying Long will be returners Channing Tindall and Duke Riley along with newcomers Jordyn Brooks and Anthony Walker Jr.

Cornerbacks (5):

  • Jalen Ramsey
  • Kendall Fuller
  • Kader Kohou
  • Nik Needham
  • Cam Smith

Jalen Ramsey and Co. look to move forward from the loss of Xavien Howard. Kader Kohou, Kendall Fuller, and Nik Needham could each have an opportunity to become a crucial component of Miami’s secondary.

Safeties (4):

  • Jevon Holland
  • Jordan Poyer
  • Marcus Maye
  • Patrick McMorris

Jevon Holland lines up opposite of veteran safety Jordan Poyer. Marcus Maye joins the room, and rookie Patrick McMorris is ready to learn from the experienced bunch.

Specialists (3):

  • Blake Ferguson (K)
  • Jake Bailey (P)
  • Jason Sanders (LS)

The same group of specialists return for the Dolphins in 2024.

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