2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Miami Dolphins’ 5 Biggest Needs

Updating the Miami Dolphins' 5 Biggest Draft Needs

Dennis Hickey
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Now that the free agency market is mostly dry, the Miami Dolphins have set their sights on May's draft. Rookie GM Dennis Hickey did his best to remain frugal while attempting to address most of the club's needs with veterans. However, voids remain. Here are Miami's top five needs a month out from the draft.

5. Running Back

Terrance West
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5. Running Back

Terrance West
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The Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno and hope Lamar Miller makes big strides in his third season. But the club's stable of backs is still missing long-term assurance. Miami will reportedly target a tough, between-the-tackles type runner during the fourth or fifth round. Towson's Terrance West and LSU's Jeremy Hill are two prospects who would fit that description.

4. Pass Catcher

Eric Ebron
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4. Pass Catcher

Eric Ebron
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Whether it's at tight end or receiver, the Dolphins' array of pass catchers could use another set of hands. Charles Clay had a breakout campaign in 2013, but plays smaller than his 6-foot-3 frame. At receiver, meanwhile, the Dolphins have some depth but a murky future. A tight end like Eric Ebron or Austin Seferian-Jenkins could do wonders for Miami's passing game and potential No. 1 receivers will be attainable on all three days.

3. Guard

UCLA Football
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3. Guard

UCLA Football
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It's still unclear if Shelley Smith will play left or right guard in Miami. Regardless, the opposite spot will be a position of need in the draft. There's a chance an in-house candidate like Dallas Thomas or Sam Brenner could rise to the occasion, but Miami should at least bolster its depth. UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo headlines the class, but quality options like Alabama's Anthony Steen and Notre Dame's Chris Watt can be had on Day 3.

2. Middle Linebacker

C.J. Mosley
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2. Middle Linebacker

C.J. Mosley
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Linebacker was one of the first positions the Dolphins tried to address this offseason. After D'Qwell Jackson chose Indianapolis over Miami though, they've essentially neglected it. That's because the Dolphins will likely nab a young linebacker in May's draft. It's not a necessary deep inside linebacker group, however, which could make Alabama's C.J. Mosley the only surefire upgrade. Snagging Mosley will likely require the No. 19 overall pick.

1. Right Tackle

Zack Martin
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1. Right Tackle

Zack Martin
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I don't think I need to support my argument with any statistics, quotes or rumors. By now, it's common knowledge that the Dolphins must and will draft a right tackle on the first or second day. Notre Dame's Zack Martin remains a likely target at pick No. 19 overall, but experienced right tackles like Virginia's Morgan Moses and Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James are candidates as well.


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