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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Names Miami Dolphins Fans Need to Know

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Names Miami Dolphins Fans Need to Know

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The Miami Dolphins finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season in 2013. In addition, they made national headlines with a bullying scandal that raised questions about the competence of the entire organization. Making the playoffs this year will help to put the events of last season behind them. To do so, Miami will need to address several needs through the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are five prospects Dolphins fans need to know.

5. Zack Martin, OG/T, Notre Dame

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5. Zack Martin, OG/T, Notre Dame

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This offseason, the Dolphins signed Brandon Albert and Shelley Smith to help rebuild their offensive line. Still, Miami must address holes at right tackle and guard. Zack Martin would be an excellent selection for the Dolphins with the 19th pick. Martin is one of the draft's top linemen and could be plugged in as Miami's starting right tackle from day one. He is also versatile enough to play guard if needed.

4. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

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4. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

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Xavier Su'a-Filo is arguably the best offensive guard prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. He started 40 games at UCLA and was named First-Team All-Pac 12 as a junior. Su'a-Filo is an athletic guard who excels as a pass-blocker and is solid in the running game. If Martin is gone, Su'a-Filo is another offensive line option the Dolphins could pursue in the first round.

3. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

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3. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

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The Dolphins missed out on signing linebacker D'Qwell Jackson in free agency. Miami now must use the draft to bring in more talent to the linebacker position. Chris Borland is an option for the Dolphins in the second-round. Despite Borland's small stature, he is a force at middle linebacker. He recorded 50 tackles for loss and 14 forced fumbles during his time at Wisconsin. Borland would be a great addition for Miami.

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

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2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

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The Dolphins need quarterback Ryan Tannehill to continue his development in 2014. Bringing in another offensive weapon would help him do just that. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has the size and athleticism to be an elite NFL tight end. Seferian-Jenkins is especially effective in the red zone, where he uses his basketball background to box out defenders and snag jump-balls. Seferian-Jenkins and Charles Clay would form a dynamic duo at tight end.

1. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

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1. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

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If the Dolphins fail to land a linebacker in the first three rounds of the draft, Shayne Skov would be a solid option in the fourth round. Skov played one of the middle linebacker spots in Stanford's 3-4 scheme. He is a fiery leader who plays with tremendous passion and intensity. Not only could Skov contribute as a rotational linebacker and on special teams, but he would also bring leadership to Miami.