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Michael Vick’s 7 Most Electric Non QBs in the NFL

The NFL is filled with electric players who make a huge impact on Sundays.

Heading into the 2022 NFL season, here are my top-seven most electric non-quarterbacks for the 2022 season – in no particular order.

Aaron Donald (DT Los Angeles Rams)

After winning the Super Bowl this past season, Donald returns to Los Angeles hungry for another championship. He changed the dynamic of how defense was played and the addition of Bobby Wagner this offseason will help the chase of a championship. I fully expect Donald to dominate and the Rams to be a contender in the 2022 season.

Justin Jefferson (WR Minnesota Vikings)

Jefferson is emerging as a true number one receiver. He knows how to play above the rim and it makes covering him a nightmare. After coming 16 yards shy of Randy Moss’ record, I expect him to get better and be even more of that defensive nightmare than he was in 2021.

Tyrann Mathieu (DB New Orleans Saints)

Returning home to Louisiana, Mathieu joins a defense that was already a top-five unit in 2021. Joining Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis, the addition of Mathieu gives them a great defender on every level of the defense. He adds Super Bowl experience to a group of veterans that are primed to make a run.

 Travis Kelce (TE Kansas City Chiefs)

I know how to use a tight end. From Alge Crumpler to Brent Celek, they helped make my job easier. Kelce, like my former teammates, is a defensive nightmare. He is a massive matchup problem for any S or LB because he can make them look foolish. Now that Tyreek Hill has moved on, Kelce will be Patrick Mahomes top option and will be a top target in the 2022 season.

Micah Parsons (LB Dallas Cowboys)

It’s hard to live up to comparisons of Lawrence Taylor, but that’s the position that Parsons is in. He has the ability to play every position in the front seven and is an explosive play waiting to happen. I respect what he can do at both the linebacker and defensive line positions.

Derwin James (S Los Angeles Chargers)

Despite his injury history, James is an exciting and electric player. He is big, fast, and strong who can both cover and tackle in space. With Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack at both edge rushers and JC Jackson and Asante Samuel Jr on the outside, James is primed for a breakout season roaming the middle of the field.

Tyreek Hill (WR Miami Dolphins)

If you make a list like this, Hill should be at the top. The biggest question with him is with his new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Can he do it? Can he do enough of what Patrick Mahomes did creatively? Hill is so explosive on all levels of the field and can take it to the house from anywhere. If Tua can get the ball to Hill and be creative, the Dolphins offense can take a major step.

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If Tua Succeeds, The Dolphins Won’t Miss the Draft Picks

Losing a draft pick isn’t as big of a deal as not knowing who your starting quarterback is going to be.

The NFL handed down its punishment to the Miami Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross earlier today. The Dolphins lost their 2022 first-round pick, their 2024 third-round pick and Ross was fined.

However, I don’t think the loss of picks is a big deal for Miami—that is, unless quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggles this season. If Tua can succeed, I believe this team is still in a good spot to have a successful season. If Tua struggles, they are going to wish they had that draft pick in a hurry.

What this means for Miami’s future

Miami still has the 49ers’ 2023 first-round pick. So, losing its own pick only matters if the team needs to trade up in the draft for a top quarterback prospect or cobble together a package for a star quarterback next offseason. I wouldn’t be worried about the loss of picks affecting the team’s on-field performance this season.

Miami’s long-term future always depended on the young quarterback’s success. Now the safety net of additional draft capital has been taken away, and that would absolutely worry me as a general manager.

The Dolphins set themselves up to have a backup plan if Tagovialoa didn’t improve this coming season. Instead, they’ll hope Tagovailoa stays healthy and proves their selection of him in the 2020 draft was the right one

Supporting Tua

The Dolphins did a lot of good things this offseason like hiring Mike McDaniel, trading for Tyreek Hill and signing Terron Armstead. The punishment was directed at owner Stephen Ross more than the team itself. To get the best out of Tagovialoa, I would lean on Hill and Armstead.

Hill’s separation makes him a dynamic target at any level of the field. Armstead is a veteran leader, with who I would feel comfortable both protecting and guiding my potential franchise quarterback.

Those additions will go a long way in helping Tagovailoa reach his ceiling as a player too. If that happens, Miami won’t be too worried they’re missing an extra pick. They’ll have found their franchise quarterback.

Additionally, since the Dolphins are relying on the 49ers to have a poor season, their Dec. 4 matchup with the team will have extra intrigue. Also, McDaniel can prove he can be a successful head coach in the league by beating his former boss.

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