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Miami Dolphins Need To Move Up In NFL Draft

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

It was a surprising rookie year for Ryan Tannehill with the Miami Dolphins. Tannehill was able to lead Miami to a 7-9 record even though he only threw for 3,294 yards. The Dolphins are going to need to get some help protecting Tannehill however, with the departure of Jake Long.

Miami has a chance to move up in the AFC East next season, but may need to move up from their current No. 12 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft to get it done.

There are basically three major left tackle prospects in this draft: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson. It is expected that all three won’t be available by the 12th pick.

Miami has two picks in the second round and may need to trade one of those along with their first-round pick to move up enough positions to get one of those other tackle prospects. I would believe that Johnson has to be the target since Joeckel and Fisher will probably be gone with the first two picks.

Johnson is a massive 6-foot-6 monster at left tackle and with him on the roster, Tannehill could improve this coming season. The Dolphins might be one of the surprise teams in 2013 if they can improve their passing game, and that means protecting Tannehill. You can’t do that without a gifted prospect.

Long was great during his time in Miami, and the Dolphins may be forced to move up just to get the player they want to replace him. It is going to be a busy next two weeks for the Miami organization.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.