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    ESPN 2013 Dolphins NFL draft guide

    Personnel needs

    OT, CB, DE, TE depth
    Major need: After losing Jake Long in free agency, the Dolphins need to fill a hole at offensive tackle. They have some flexibility because 2012 second-round pick Jonathan Martin can swing to either side of the line; if the Dolphins add a right tackle, he'd anchor the left side, and vice versa. He needs to improve his strength and pass-set anchor, but Martin has substantial long-term value.



    Quiet need: The Dolphins will get more out of Dustin Keller in the passing game than they did Anthony Fasano, but Keller is a far inferior blocker. The Dolphins now lack an above-average blocker at the tight end position, but should be able to find one in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. Protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is essential to this offense taking the next step.
    Not a need: Credit GM Jeff Ireland for building the receiving core through free agency, as it has quickly shifted from an area of focus to an area of depth. New additions Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson should team with Brian Hartline and Davone Bess to give Tannehill a diverse and explosive arsenal of targets. Wallace didn't come cheap, but few players possess his quick-strike scoring ability, something Miami desperately needed.

    Depth chart

    Jobs in jeopardy: Guard Lance Louis will spend much of his offseason rehabbing from a knee injury that ended his 2012 season while he was with the Bears, but he's a strong contender to start at right guard when he returns, which puts the pressure on incumbent starter John Jerry. While neither was a regular starter in 2012, look for second-year back Lamar Miller to leapfrog Daniel Thomas and open the season as a first-stringer.
    Don't mess with it: While the Dolphins have expressed interest in adding a veteran pass-rusher this offseason (John Abraham visited the team), the defensive line is a strength of this team. Cameron Wake is an imposing rusher from the left side, and look for Olivier Vernon to progress as a second-year player in 2013. Jared Odrick has elite run defense traits, and Randy Starks and Paul Soliai are a load to push on the interior.
    Read more:http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2013/sto...ns-draft-guide
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    Well let's see.

    They say this:

    They need to get better at tackle. Martin has talent, but the Dolphins are taking a pretty big leap of faith in assuming he can effectively fill in as the guy protecting Tannehill's blind side. I agree with Todd that a tackle such as Fisher would make sense, but if Lane Johnson is around at No. 11 I might be happy to get him; his upside is higher than Martin's.

    So they appear to think Miami is picking at # 11.

    They also say this:

    Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: He might be a bit of a reach here, but Rhodes' height, long arms and straight-line speed make him a solid fit in the Dolphins' press-man coverage schemes.

    So they seem to think Miami is running a press man scheme.

    As usual well done ESPN, your research and insight is unmatched in the world of 24 Hour Sports Networks.
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