(Sports Network) - The perception in South Florida is that the Dolphins have
gone all-in in an attempt to make things tough on the New England Patriots in
the AFC East.
The Dolphins certainly made the biggest splash early on in free agency,
signing two of the best players available in speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace
and Super Bowl winning linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
They continued the spending spree from there bringing in wide receiver Brandon
Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller of the offensive side of the ball, along
with linebacker Phillip Wheeler and cornerback Brent Grimes to help the
Here's the bad news, though. Miami had to release linebackers Kevin Burnett
and Karlos Dansby and lost a solid tight end in Anthony Fasano. The 'Phins
also have to replace their starting left tackle, Jake Long, as well as their
best cover corner, Sean Smith, and a very versatile running back in Reggie
In other words there is still plenty of work to be done.
Offensive line could be the top priority now with the 12th overall pick and
linebacker along with more depth at defensive end as well as cornerback will
Speaking at his pre-draft press conference last Thursday, Miami general
manager Jeff Ireland admitted that the Dolphins need to "add some talent on
the offensive line."
Ireland called the addition of guard Lance Louis a depth move, and although he
was comfortable with Nate Garner at right tackle he would not commit to the
expected move of Jonathan Martin from the right side to Long's spot on the
"He needs to be more consistent with some of things that he's going to see
going up against probably the best athlete per pound on the football field,"
Ireland said when talking about Martin, who will be entering his second season
in 2013. "Right defensive end, right outside linebacker, you gotta be on your
game playing left tackle in this league, so he just needs to improve his
Some league sources believe the Dolphins want Oklahoma left tackle Lane
Johnson but they will likely have to trade up from No. 12 to get him. Florida
State cornerback Xavier Rhodes would also be a nice fit in Miami. He could
replace Smith and give Miami a terrific tandem if Grimes proves to be healthy.
2012 Record: 7-9
Top Needs: OLB, OT, CB
First Three Picks: No. 12, No. 42, No. 54
Number of Selections: 11 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 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,
Auburn); 2004 - Vernon Carey (OT, Miami- Florida); 2003 - none.
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