Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) waits for the snap against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Draft Preview: D’Line


The Miami Dolphins will put a lot of rumors to bed one week and around five to six hours from now.  That is when the NFL Draft get’s under way.  Depending on the speed of the early rounds, Miami should come on the clock between nine and ten.  We have covered the offensive side of the ball and will now focus on the defensive side.

The Dolphins on paper last year had one of the best front seven in the NFL but they came far short of that expectation.  This year a key member, Paul Soliai left for a larger contract via free agency.  The Dolphins added DT Earl Mitchell.  The team also retained the services of their own free agent Randy Starks and have Jared Odrick returning and hopefully improving on a solid 2013 season.

To be quite honest with you, this isn’t going to be a long drawn out article simply because the Dolphins have no glaring needs at the positions.  At DE the team has now sophomore Dion Jordan who is expected to be far more integral on the defense, Pro-Bowler Cameron Wake and an impressive Olivier Vernon from last season as well.

With so many needs on the team it’s very unlikely that the Dolphins will look to add defensive lineman via the draft in 2014.  The team does however need far better talent in the middle of the LB’ing corp and it’s possible they may look at outside help as well but whether that player is a true OLB or another hybrid LB/DE is another question entirely.  Reality however tells us that with the number of picks they have and the needs at other positions, the Dolphins could pass on an upfront defender.  Maybe, the might draft one late.

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