By Kevin Major @KevinMajor_Rant on April 29, 2014
The Miami Dolphins will pick nineteenth in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Dolphins will look to draft a player in the first-round who can help the team improve upon their 8-8 record from a year ago. With needs at offensive tackle, guard, linebacker and safety, the Dolphins have plenty of options at pick 19. Miami will hope to avoid these five worst-case scenarios with the first-round pick.
The Dolphins are in need of linebacker help in the 2014 NFL draft. At pick 19 in the first-round, Miami would be thrilled to select Alabama's C.J. Mosley. If Mosley is gone by Miami's selection, the Dolphins may be tempted to select Ryan Shazier. While Shazier is a talented prospect, he would be a bit of a reach in this spot. Miami would be better off waiting until the second-round to draft a player like Chris Borland.
Even though Darqueze Dennard is one of the top cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft, he may still be available when the Dolphins pick at No. 19. Regardless of Dennard's availability, Miami should not take a cornerback in the first-round. The Dolphins have too many other needs to fill before they draft a corner.
Eric Ebron has the potential to be a difference-maker at the tight end position in the NFL. However, the Dolphins already have Charles Clay at the position, making drafting another tight end a luxury at this point. If the Dolphins do wish to add another weapon for quarterback Ryan Tannehill at this position, they would benefit from waiting until the second or third-round and taking a player like Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
The Dolphins desperately need to upgrade the right side of their offensive line. Ideally, Miami would land Zack Martin, an offensive tackle from Notre Dame who has the ability to slide in and play guard. If Martin is gone, the Dolphins may wind up selecting Morgan Moses. Moses is a talented prospect, but he lacks the versatility Martin has. If needed, Miami could trade-up to guarantee landing Martin.
Ra'Shede Hageman is quickly rising up draft boards due to his freakish size and physical ability. With the No. 19 pick, the Dolphins could find Hageman's potential too much to pass on. However, Miami would be wise to resist the temptation of drafting Hageman and instead focus on rebuilding their offensive line. Hageman flashes brilliance, but he appears to be a boom-or-bust type player.
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