With so many needs the Dolphins have a lot of options of what to do with their first and second round draft picks in this years NFL draft. While most experts will tell you that it is always important to draft the best player available over need, the Dolphins will most likely be put in the position to fit both.
The Dolphins greatest needs is the same need they have had for the past decade and that’s to find their new franchise QB. With Luck and Griffin both set to be off the board at 8, the Dolphins most likely will have Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill and OK State QB Brandon Weeden to choose between. That being said it isn’t even a lock that Tannehill will be on the board at 8 as the Browns are also speculated to have interest.
Jeff Ireland and Coach Philbin recently visited Ryan at his pro day however it isn’t 100% known whether the Dolphins truly are that high on Tannehill. Two other big needs for the Dolphins are to find a pass rusher after failing to land one in free agency, and wide receiver after trading Brandon Marshall.
There is no shortage of either in the draft however it is essential the Dolphins find the right player and not have another draft day miss. Justin Blackmon (most likely to be off the board) is the number 1 WR in this year’s draft, with Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright right behind him.
All 3 WR’s are set to be top 20 picks with other talents like Stephen Hill, Rueben Randal, Alshon Jeffery, Mohamed Sanu going in the late 1st or early second.
Colby Fleener and Dwanye Allen are also options for the Dolphins, both are play making TE’s that should go late first or the 2nd round. While I believe the Dolphins NEED to find their guy at QB, if it’s not Tannehill or Weeden, I say PASS. The big guy Osweiler who the Dolphins also visited is not the solution and would just be another John Beck, Chad Henne solution.
It would be very nice if the Dolphins can leave the draft with Tannehill and one of these young play makers so that he has someone to throw the ball too.
On the other side of the ball while I believe it very important to find a pass rusher to go on the opposite side of Wake, I believe the priority of this team should 100% be placed on the offence. That being said a pass rusher still most likely will be given heavy attention.
Quinton Coples, Ingram, Upshaw, Perry, are all names that could be connected to the Dolphins in the first round, with more likely second round options Vinny Curry, Chandler Jones, and Andre Branch could be the solution for the Dolphins.
This draft has a lot of depth, and if the Dolphins can trade down and get good value back, I think it is definitely something that would be worth their while.
My heart tells me Ryan Tannehill and Vinny Curry, and maybe a trade getting them a WR late or mid 2nd however my brain tells me that Tannehill will be a Brown, leaving the untrustworthy Jeff Ireland having to re-shift his draft board.
Dolfan’s what needs are you hoping will be filled in this years draft?
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