2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the Miami Dolphins Must Target

5 Day 3 Prospects the Miami Dolphins Must Target

Devin Street
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Prospects selected on Day 3 of the NFL Draft -- during the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds -- likely won't garner many headlines with their respective teams upon their arrivals, but key contributors, starters and Pro Bowlers turn up late in the draft year in and year out.

Here are five Day 3 prospects the Miami Dolphins should consider this May.

5. Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville

Preston Brown
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5. Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville

Preston Brown
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If the Dolphins don't pick up C.J. Mosley in the first round and pass on prospects like Chris Borland and Shayne Skov on Day 2, landing Louisville's Preston Brown could be a nice consolation prize on Day 3. Unlike some of the aforementioned players, Brown might not be an immediate contributor, but could offer some depth at middle linebacker in Miami.

4. Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama

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4. Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama

Anthony Steen
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The Dolphins, still in need of a starting guard to pair with Shelley Smith, should take a long look at Alabama's Anthony Steen on Day 3. Few guards fit Miami's zone-blocking scheme as well as Steen, who consistently exhibits impressive quickness off the snap and plays with more power than his size suggests.

3. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

Devin Street
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3. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

Devin Street
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An immensely deep draft class at receiver could push a talented pass catcher like Devin Street out of Day 2 contention. Street has good size and is a fluid athlete. There are some questions about his top-end speed, but Street seemingly catches everything in his general vicinity and isn't afraid make difficult receptions over the middle in traffic.

2. Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College

Matt Patchan
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2. Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College

Matt Patchan
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Matt Patchan looks the part of a first or second day pick at tackle when he's on the field -- the key word being when. Some freak off-field accidents, as well as some on-field injuries, assured Patchan only started 21 games in his six-year collegiate career. He would be a high upside pick late in the draft, though.

1. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

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1. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

Jeremy Hill LSU
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The Dolphins are said to be targeting a running back in the fourth or fifth round who is capable of gaining tough yards between the tackles to eat clock late in games. Said description epitomizes what LSU's Jeremy Hill would bring to the table. A Day 2 talent, character concerns could ensure Hill doesn't hear his name called until Day 3. Hill's punishing running style is exactly what Miami is missing.


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