(SportsNetwork.com) – The recent Greg Jennings signing alleviates things a bit
for the Miami Dolphins at the wide receiver position but it hardly cures the
team’s need for a deep threat at the position.
It does give the Dolphins more options, however, because Ryan Tannehill still
needs more help on the interior of the offensive line, while a complement to
Ndamukong Suh on the inside of the defensive line is also a need.
The receiver position is very deep in this draft and if Louisville’s DeVante
Parker drops to No. 14 overall Miami will likely sprint to the podium. That
position could be a bit rich for other potential first-round receivers like
Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong or Central Florida’s Breshad Perriman, however.
In that’s the case LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins, who could project
inside at guard, or interior defenders like Washington’s Danny Shelton and
Florida State’s Eddie Goldman may be considered.
“We always look at things in short-term value and long-term. It’s a balance,”
Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said. “Obviously, some guys have more payoff in
dividends in the longer term and others in the short term. You weigh that with
every prospect and that’s how you place them on the board.”
2013 Record: 8-8
Top Needs: WR, OL, RB, DL, CB
First Three Picks: No. 14, No. 47, No. 114
Number of Selections: 6 (1, 2, 4, 5, 5, 6)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2014 – Ja’Wuan James (OT, Tennessee); 2013 – Dion
Jordan (DE, Oregon); 2012 – Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M); 2011 – Mike
Pouncey (C, Florida); 2010 – Jared Odrick (DE, Penn State); 2009 – Vontae
Davis (CB, Illinois); 2008 – Jake Long (OT, Michigan); 2007 – Ted Ginn (WR,
Ohio State); 2006 – Jason Allen (DB, Tennessee); 2005 – Ronnie Brown (RB,