- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
The Miami Dolphins own the 19th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft after an 8-8 season. The Dolphins have several glaring needs on both sides of the ball and can go in a number of directions with their first-round pick.
However, no need is bigger for Miami than offensive line. This much-maligned group set a team record for quarterback sacks allowed (58) and Miami’s rushing attack was near the bottom of the league, ranked 26th.
Outside of Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins can use upgrades at every position on the offensive line. Look for top collegiate guards and offensive tackles to be on Miami’s radar in the early rounds. Lineman prospects such as Morgan Moses of Virginia and Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama are possible names to keep an eye on. Protecting Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2014 will be paramount.
Defensively, the Dolphins also could use more help in the secondary. Cornerback Brent Grimes made the Pro Bowl this season, but he’s an unrestricted free agent. Fellow cornerback Nolan Carroll was inconsistent and Dimitri Patterson has durability issues. Starting safety Chris Clemons also is a free agent who might not return, which would create another hole in the back end of the defense.
Check out Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 to see which players he thinks the Dolphins should target with their first pick.
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