2024 NFL Draft: One pivotal rookie for each team in the AFC East

These 2024 NFL Draft selections could change everything for their team's in 2024.
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Miami Dolphins – RB Jaylen Wright (Round 4, Pick 120)

The Miami Dolphins got themselves another weapon in the backfield.  At 5-foot-10, 2010 pounds, the No. 120 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft has a nice blend of size and speed that will fit right into what this AFC East squad likes to do on the ground and in the air.

Dolphins adding Jaylen Wright makes the offense more deep and dynamic

In 2023, Wright led Tennessee with 1,013 yards rushing, but it is his pass caching ability that will stand out with the Dolphins.  A big reason why Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ offense was so explosive in 2023 was the ground attack. 

Featuring veteran running back Raheem Mostert and 2023 third-round pick De’Von Archane, the Dolphins ran past defenders.  Mostert is back and Archane is expected to have a bigger role in the offense, but the addition of a talent like Wright not only adds to the running back depth chart but gives the Dolphins a dual threat back who can serve as insurance in case of injury. 

Mostert isn’t getting any younger and Archane missed some time due to injury, so having another stud in the backfield will benefit a Dolphins offense that faltered a bit as the season waned forward in 2023. By the end of the season and into the playoffs, they were a pretty battered group. Mostert is playing the role of the veteran leader, but by mid-season, defenses around the NFL may be game-planing to slow down the duo of Archane and Wright.