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2014 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins’ Top 5 Best-Case Scenarios In First Round

2014 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins' 5 Best-Case Scenarios In First Round

Odell Beckham Jr.
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After a long wait, draft day is finally here. Here are the Miami Dolphins' top five best-case scenarios for the first round, according, of course, to my rankings for the class.

5. Zack Martin Falling to Pick No. 19

Zack Martin
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5. Zack Martin Falling to Pick No. 19

Zack Martin
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Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin was a favorite to land in Miami until it became more and more apparent that he's likely too talented to slip through the first 18 picks. He's not the prototypical tackle that the Dolphins prefer, but Hickey and company should make an exception to those standards if a tough, sound technician like Martin is somehow available.

4. Trade Down, Still Nab Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier
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4. Trade Down, Still Nab Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier
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There has been a lot of buzz this week about Ryan Shazier. The Dolphins reportedly love him. With blazing speed, Shazier's upside is remarkably high. But there are reasons to believe he might not be the complete player that the Dolphins need at the linebacker position. Still, given his immense talent and supposed high character, the Dolphins should pounce on him if he's still attainable after a trade down.

3. Trade Down, Still Nab C.J. Mosley

C.J. Mosley
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3. Trade Down, Still Nab C.J. Mosley

C.J. Mosley
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It might not be a popular opinion, but I still prefer C.J. Mosley to Ryan Shazier. That doesn't mean I don't think Shazier has a lot of potential; I'm just convinced Mosley is a sure thing (if he can stay healthy) who would instantly improve Miami's defense in many different ways. His medical file may scare away some teams in the draft's first round. If he's still on the board after a trade down, he would be quite the coup for the Dolphins.

2. Odell Beckham Jr. Falling to Pick No. 19

Odell Beckham Jr.
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2. Odell Beckham Jr. Falling to Pick No. 19

Odell Beckham Jr.
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There are some, like myself, who rank Odell Beckham Jr. as the second best receiver of the class. He's a dynamic playmaker who has the speed, route-running prowess and clean hands to thrive on the perimeter or in the slot at the next level. There is a small chance 18 teams pass on him, though. In the unlikely scenario he's still for the taking, the Dolphins shouldn't hesitate to acquire Mike Wallace's eventual replacement.

1. Eric Ebron Falling to Pick No. 19

Eric Ebron
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1. Eric Ebron Falling to Pick No. 19

Eric Ebron
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Tight end Eric Ebron has been frequently mocked as a top 10 pick whose floor is thought to be the Ravens' No. 17 overall selection. Although it's unlikely, don't completely rule out Ebron falling to the Dolphins in an incredibly unpredictable first round. He has the speed to routinely separate from linebackers and the large-catch radius to upgrade the Dolphins' red zone offense. Simply put, he would make Ryan Tannehill a better quarterback.