Draft Preview - Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have been very aggressive this off-season. With 11 draft picks including five of the top 82, they can afford to be once again in this upcoming NFL Draft.

Follow JamieNewberg on Twitter

NFL Draft Story Central

Miami Dolphins
2013 draft picks:
1st round (12), 2(42, 54), 3(77, 82), 4(111), 5(146, 166), 7 (217, 224, 250)

The Dolphins have been very aggressive this off-season in free agency and they could once again by very assertive in the upcoming NFL Draft. They have 11 picks including five of the first 82.

First things first, Jeff Ireland and Miami made a big splash early in free agency. They spent some big bucks in landing for Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace. They hope he can bring the same explosive plays to South Florida. The fish also landed wide receiver Brandon Gibson and tight ends Dustin Keller and Anthony Fasano. Those are three pretty steady players.

There were two significant losses for Miami on offense because of free agency in running back Reggie Bush and offensive tackle Jake Long. The Dolphins have to find Long's replacement because those guys don't grow on trees.

Defensively, the Dolphins are getting some pretty good help for the back seven in linebackers Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe and cornerback Brent Grimes. Meanwhile, Miami lost cornerback Sean Smith.

Draft Needs
1) Offensive Tackle
Now it's time to address the Miami offensive line, especially with the loss of Long to the Rams. It's very doubtful Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel or Lane Johnson fall to their spot at No. 12. Therefore, if the Dolphins want one of the three elite tackles they will have to make a move.

They certainly have enough ammunition in the draft to make that jump, anywhere from one to five would be ideal for the player they covet. It just depends on which one. The thought is they favor Johnson from Oklahoma, who has played right tackle. They could move last year's second round pick, Jonathan Martin, to the left side. Miami coach also package picks to the Chiefs and claim the one they want. If Miami goes in another direction they could draft a tackle in the second. Terron Armstead could possibly be there with their first of two second round selections. Do they view him as that guy that high? Or they could hope that a player like Menelik Watson is theirs with that second pick.

If they do nothing there's always the chance that they just draft Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker at No. 12.

2) Cornerback
Another food for thought is Miami moving up in the first round to draft Dee Milliner, although tackle is the primary concern at this point. But cornerback is deeper and the Dolphins could claim a good one with either one of their second round picks or even the third round. They have four selections between picks 42 and 82. You can bet for sure that one of those will be at corner. Keep a close eye on players like Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Jonathan Banks, D.J. Hayden, Leon McFadden, Robert Alford, Tyran Mathieu, Darius Slay, B.W. Webb, David Amerson and Jordan Poyer. Despite the signing of Grimes they will likely draft at least one corner, perhaps even two. Remember, he's coming off a torn Achilles.

3) Defensive End
Miami could love to find a pass rusher to compliment Cameron Wake. Again, is this the position they covet in the first round? Could like move up to draft a player like Ezekiel Ansah? They could stand pat and get defensive end Bjoern Werner. Or, they can simply wait to address this need with one of the four picks in the second and third round. Sam Montgomery, Alex Okafor, Cornelius Carradine and Damontre Moore could possibly all be around with their first spot in the second round.

4) Wide Receiver
Despite the additions of Wallace and Gibson at this position it wouldn't shock me to see Miami take a flier on Tavon Austin with their first selection. He would supercharge their offense and kick return game. Then again, if they are looking for a sparkplug guys like Ace Sanders, Ryan Swope and Marquise Goodwin could be had later in the draft. The only way I see them taking a guy like Austin is if they hold on to their No. 12 spot.

5) Tight End
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill now has some weapons in the passing game. The Dolphins are even bringing in tight end help with a guy like Keller, who's solid when healthy. Look for the fish to go after a tight end at some point in this draft. They would love to find their young quarterback a good solid outlet at tight end for their passing game.

6) Running Back
The Dolphins will have to add a running back with their draft class. They don't have much of a depth chart at this stand point and they can't forget about the running game.

Key Acquisitions
Mike Wallace (WR)
Brandon Gibson (WR)
Anthony Fasano (TE)
Dustin Keller (TE)
Lance Louis (OG)
Vaughn Martin (DT)
Phillip Wheeler (OLB)
Dannell Ellerbee (LB)
Brent Grimes (CB)

No Longer With The Team
Marlon Moore (WR)
Reggie Bush (RB)
Jake Long (OT)
Tony McDaniel (DT)
Karlos Dansby (OLB)
Kevin Burnett (OLB)
Jonathan Amaya (S)
Sean Smith (CB)
Nate Kaeding (K)

NFL Draft Story Central

Scout NFL Network Top Stories