Pre-Draft Team Needs: Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins, who are coming off of a brutally tough 1-15 season, have gone through a ton of coaching and player changes this year. What does the team need to do to get back to respectability? Details inside...

Players Added

Josh McCown/QB - He'll be given a chance to compete for the starting job against John Beck.

Ernest Wilford/WR - Wilford will give the passing game some badly needed size--especially in the red zone area.

David Kircus/WR - He has decent size and speed and will provide some depth to the position.

Sean Ryan/TE - He's a decent blocker and another player who is familiar with what the new regime is looking for at tight end.

Tab Perry/WR - The former Cincinnati Bengal offers good size and ability but needs to stay healthy for a change if he's to help his new team.

Justin Smiley/G - He'll take over at right guard for the foreseeable future.

Jason Ferguson/DT - If healthy, Ferguson could be a big boost to their run defense.

Randy Starks/DT - The plan is for him to play end in their 3-4 defense.

Reggie Torbor/LB - He's slated to start on the strong-side.

Charlie Anderson/LB - He'll play on special teams and probably back up on the strong-side.

Keith Davis/S - He'll instantly upgrade their special teams coverage.

Chris Crocker/S - He'll compete for playing time against Jason Allen.

Nathan Jones/CB - The special teams player will vie for a role in their dime defense.
 

Players Lost

Trent Green/QB - McCown will replace him.

Cleo Lemon/QB - He'll take over the No. 2 job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jesse Chatman/RB - He'll compete for playing time with the New York Jets.

Marty Booker/WR - He's back where he started his career with the Chicago Bears.

L.J. Shelton/OL - He's unsigned but should be able to find backup work after the draft.

Rex Hadnot/OL - He's slated to serve as a backup currently with the Cleveland Browns.

Mike Rosenthal/OL - He missed all of last season due to injury.

Chris Liwienski/OL - He could find work in August.

Keith Traylor/DT - The veteran interior lineman may retire.

Donnie Spragan/LB - He remains unsigned.

Derrick Pope/LB - The versatile linebacker will back up a few spots with the Minnesota Vikings.

Zach Thomas/LB - The team decided to part ways with him but Thomas found a home with the Dallas Cowboys, likely as a backup though.

Travares Tillman/S - He remains unsigned.

Lance Schulters/S - The journeyman safety might be able to find work by the start of training camps.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

Right Tackle - With Vernon Carey set to stay at left tackle, the right tackle position remains open. The hope is that head coach Tony Sparano and offensive line coach Mike Maser can finally get this underachieving line to play up to solid standards.

Left Guard - With Hadnot signing elsewhere, there's an opening for a starting spot at this position. They also could use a solid backup as well.

Cornerback - The team has depth at the position but they don't have a quality starter at either spot.

Wide Receiver - The additions of Wilford and Kircus aren't seen as significant and the team remains without two viable solid starters. Some would argue that Ted Ginn and Derek Hagan are still in the developmental stage.

Tight End - Veteran David Martin is coming off his best season as a professional with 34 catches yet he lacks the kind of consistency that the team needs from the position.


Other Issues to Address

Offensive Line Depth

Outside Linebacker Depth


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