Miami Dolphins Have Five Options With First Pick


The Miami Dolphins have already begun another active off season, highlighted thus far by the release of WR Brian Hartline, WR Brandon Gibson, CB Cortland Finnegan and OT Nate Garner.  While they are far from done in Free Agency, the Dolphins will look to fill their multiple holes in the 2015 NFL Draft.  They will have options with their first round selection at 14th overall.  The way I see it, the Dolphins have five realistic and logical options when they pick in the first round at 14th overall. These options are not in order of what I think will happen or what is the best move.

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1. Defensive Line – The Dolphins are supposedly interested in the Detroit Lions’ FA DT Ndamukong Suh.  While Suh would instantly fill a starting role on the ‘Phins’ D-Line, he would not be cheap, and the Dolphins’ cap would take a hit.  Therefore, it is not unlikely that Miami may go with a big defensive linemen at 14th overall, especially if by some miraculous chance Washington’s Danny Shelton is still available. But then again, this move depends on Miami’s moves in FA before the draft.

2. Wide Receiver – While I think both releases were necessary, the Dolphins receiving corps took a hit when the team released Hartline and Gibson.  There is still a small chance Charles Clay could leave for another team too, which would greatly hinder Ryan Tannehill‘s continuing improvement next season.  With still no verdict on Mike Wallace, the Dolphins may have no other choice but to look at an Amari Cooper, Kevin White, Devante Parker or Dorial Green-Beckham at 14th overall in the draft.  There really aren’t too many options at WR in Free Agency that would fit Miami’s needs.

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  • 3. Linebacker/Secondary – The release of Cortland Finnegan and the terribly inconsistent play of all Miami’s linebackers last season (sans Jelani Jenkins) makes a defensive back or linebacker a real possibility for the ‘Fins at 14.  A guy like Shaq Thompson, who is listed as a safety but can play linebacker too may be a smart choice.  Other drafts have Miami taking Michigan State’s CB Trae Waynes. The point is, Miami has glaring needs at both of these positions, but may choose to wait into the later rounds to avoid reaching.

    4. Offensive Linemen – Nobody likes the unsexy pick of taking a linemen first round, but after last year’s injury ridden offensive line struggles, Miami may have to take a big guy at 14.  This option is probably the least likely, given that Miami has two bookend tackles and could find a formidable guard in FA.  But then again, a versatile prospect like La’el Collins, who can play tackle and guard, may be too enticing and logical to pass up.

    5. Trade Up/Down, or Draft BPA – Miami is lucky in that the best player available at 14 in this year’s draft will likely fill a team need.  That being said, I wouldn’t mind seeing the team take the BPA even if it didn’t fill a need, especially if that player is explosive and can make plays on offense or defense.  The Dolphins other option would be to trade up or down.  I don’t think there is any way the team trades up, but trading down could make a lot of sense, especially the Dolphins gained another second or third rounder.

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