By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 30, 2014
The Miami Dolphins have had what many would consider a good offseason. But with a few holes left to fill, the Dolphins are going to need a productive draft in order to finish the offseason strong and feel confident heading into the season. Miami is going to need to find a few diamonds in the rough, and here are five sleepers from the 2014 NFL Draft who would fit perfectly with the team.
The Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno in the offseason but only to a one-year contract. If Moreno doesn't stay in Miami long term, the Dolphins will need a plan for 2015, and Crowell could be a fit. He has some character and durability issues, but he has the talent of a Day 2 running back and is a sleeper who could be a big steal if he slips to Round 6 or 7.
He's not an elite athlete like some of the top tight ends available, but Lynch is an experienced pass catcher and the kind of safety valve tight end quarterbacks like throwing to. He'll be available on Day 3 and could give the Dolphins some size over the middle, becoming an immediate asset to the passing game.
Patchan is an injury risk, which is why he'll be available on Day 3, but if the Dolphins can look past those concerns they'll find someone who has the size and skills to be a starting tackle in the NFL, possibly even a left tackle. Even after signing Branden Albert, Miami has some work to do on the offensive line, and if he stays healthy, Patchan is a sleeper pick who could really help the Dolphins.
Miami needs to add as much depth as possible along the offensive line. Leno is someone who can back up multiple positions as a rookie and then grow into a starter for the Dolphins a few years down the line.
Miami will try to add a linebacker early in the draft, but if they can't, Smallwood will be a nice sleeper in the later rounds. He's more athletic than most of the middle linebackers likely to be chosen on Day 2 or Day 3, and while he's small for a middle linebacker, he's good in pass coverage, making him a valuable and useful player in the pass-heavy NFL.
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