By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on March 30, 2014
There has been much discussion regarding which prospects the Miami Dolphins should target during the 2014 NFL Draft. But which players should they avoid? It's an equally urgent question considering the draft's annual disappointments are just as assured and numerous as its successes. Here are the top five players Miami should bypass this May.
The Dolphins may consider Seantrel Henderson from their own backyard to help solidify the offensive line on the draft's third day. Off-field issues and a litany of injuries plagued Henderson's stay with the Hurricanes, though, which could scare teams away. He isn't a perfect fit for Miami's zone-blocking scheme either. There are much better suitors to fill Miami's void at right tackle.
A small contingent of Dolphins faithful have been clamoring for new GM Dennis Hickey to select a quarterback at some point of the draft. Alabama's A.J. McCarron is often the suggested choice. It wouldn't hurt Miami to consider picking up a project in the sixth or seventh round, but it should steer clear of a projected mid-round selection at quarterback like McCarron with so many holes to fill.
The Dolphins could use a high-ceiling run blocker to put on the opposite side of Branden Albert, whose specialty is protecting the quarterback. Cyrus Kouandijio's may have trouble containing speed rushers at the next level, though, with a laborious kick slide in pass protection. Couple that factor with medical concerns, and the Dolphins should avoid Kouandjio during the draft's first round.
In need of young, cheap talent at linebacker, the Dolphins are expected to target one during the draft's first or second day. But Ohio State's Ryan Shazier would likely be too big of a gamble. With boom-or-bust qualities, Shazier would potentially set the Dolphins' underachieving linebacker corps back even further if his learning curve proves to be steep. He also wouldn't be much of an upgrade versus the run, which is what Miami needs the most.
Notre Dame's Zack Martin has the potential to be an effective starter from day one in the NFL. He's likely a much better fit at guard than tackle, though, making him poor value for the Dolphins at pick No. 19 overall. If the Dolphins are able to trade back into the late-first round or Martin is still on the board in the second, he wouldn't be a bad pickup. But at 19, the Dolphins would be passing up more of a difference-maker to nab him.
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