Dolphins draft plans after their Free Agency additions

 

By Miami Jules (Miami_Jules on Twitter)

March 11th 2014 marked the start of the new NFL year and also the start of the free agent signing period. Players entering the NFL draft have moved up and down in the rankings in the week preceding the free agent period, and although these rankings are only a rough guide, they will guide us through these last weeks before the actual draft takes place in May.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

It isn’t a secret to most of us that the Miami Dolphins had to virtually rebuild the offensive line. Along with the OL, the defensive line also needs new additions with the early but expected departure of nose tackle Paul Soliai. The Dolphins acted quickly to replace Soliai by signing free agent Earl Mitchell and Randy Starks has been re-signed but for only 2 years. The secondary is another area of need, which would be better addressed in the draft.

The first scenario still prioritizes the DT position especially since Randy Starks contract will be up for renewal in 2016. This scenario was actually put together before the Starks signing but I decided to still go ahead with it. The Dolphins still need help at the right offensive tackle spot, as well as offensive guards….at least for depth at those positions:

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Round 1 RaShede Hageman DT

50

Round 2 Jack Mewhort* OT/OG

81

Round 3 Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB

112

Round 4 JaWuan James OT

143

Round 5 Brandon Coleman WR

174

Round 6 Deandre Coleman DT

211

Round 7
Seantrel Henderson
OT

*Jack Mehort is a tall and rangy LT who has experience at just about every position on either side the OL.

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