• WR Greg Jennings a Fin WR Greg Jennings a Fin Jennings deal is reportedly a 2 year deal worth $8 million
  • OC Mike Pouncey signs contract extension OC Mike Pouncey signs contract extension Reports say the deal is a 5 year deal worth 44.75 million with 22 million guaranteed
  • TE Clay signs with the Bills TE Clay signs with the Bills A 5 year deal worth $38 million with $20 million guaranteed...Fins declined to match
  • WR Wallace traded to the Vikings WR Wallace traded to the Vikings Fins send Wallace and a 7th round pick to Viks for a 5th rounder

     

Miami Dolphins – Current Needs

The following table shows the classification system used to rank the current roster needs for the Miami Dolphins.

 

 

TIER 1 NEEDS LT DE CB

Looking at the pre-draft roster below, there are 3 positions that are “Tier 1 Needs” for the Miami Dolphins, they are LT, CB and DE. Some may argue that DE is not a pressing need because the Dolphins have Jared Odrick who played at RE in 2012.

My answer to this is that Jared Odrick is a natural DT and plays out of position at RE. He doesn’t have the speed to consistently bring pressure from the edge. Jared Odrick at RE severely hurts the Dolphins pass rush.

Further more the addition of blitz style 4-3 Linebackers does not diminish the need for a proper RE opposite Cam Wake. “Tier 1 Needs” should be addressed in rounds 1 and 2.

 

TIER 2 NEEDS CB WR

“Tier 2 Needs” are also at the Corner position, as well as the Wide Receiver position. This is where my view and the Dolphins Front Office view probably differ the most. The Dolphins believe in WR Brian Hartline, therefore Wide Receiver isprobablynota “Tier 2 Need” for GM Jeff Ireland.

The Dolphins have spent a considerable amount of money on the Wide Receiver position in the off-season and they seem to be comfortable with the current make-up of the Wide Receiving core.

The difference for me is that I don’t believe in WR Brian Hartline, therefore I still see the need for improvement at the Wide Receiver position opposite Mike Wallace. I am resigned to the fact that this will not be addressed this year as it is highly unlikely that a Wide Receiver will be drafted with our first 3 picks.

If it were up to me “Tier 2 Needs” should be addressed in rounds 2 and 3. But the organization may not address Wide Receiver until the 3rd round or later, because of their commitment to Brian Hartline.

 

TIER 3 NEEDS TE WR OG DT SLB CB SS FS

“Tier 3 Needs” are scattered across the roster, but the surprise here will be that I have Tight End listed as a “Tier 3 Need” instead of a “Tier 1 Need”. The fact is that the Dolphins have TE Dustin Keller on a 1-year deal. And the logic currently being used by those who want TE in the first round, is that Keller is an UFA at the end of 2013, therefore TE is a “Tier 1 Need”.

My answer to do this, is that there are a lot of players who also have 1-year remaining on their contracts. Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones, Randy Starks, Paul Soliai, Koa Misi, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Lance Louis etc… Therefore using that logic, the same “Tier 1 Need” classification will have to apply to the following positions as well: Guard, Defensive Tackle, Strong-Side Linebacker, Strong Safety and Free Safety.

So why aren’t the fans who are haggling for TE Tyler Eifert in the first round, not haggling for higher graded players such as Kenny Vaccaro, Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, Sheldon Richardson, Sylvester Williams and Jarvis Jones! Seems kinda irrational and inconsistent to me.

With the extreme lack of talent at LT, CB and DE on the roster, I cannot in anyway classify the TE position as a “Tier 1 Need”.

Overall, I expect “Tier 3 Needs” to be addressed in the 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds. If the Dolphins Front Office absolutely needs a situational RZ target at Tight End, then that can be drafted much later in the 6th round with TE Joseph Fauria.

 

TIER 4 NEEDS RB TE DE

“Tier 4 Needs” exist at positions which are filled by young players who have yet to establish themselves as full time starters. Some of these players have shown promise in the past and some have under-performed expectations. However, their development is far from complete and they will be given the opportunity to earn more playing time in 2013.

These young players represent a draft pick investment, that together with their low overall cost will secure their roster spots for 2013. Their playing time in 2013 can fluctuate much like their depth chart rank.

“Tier 4 Needs” maybe addressed late in the draft or may be ignored completely. It all depends on the belief that the Dolphins Front Office has in the young talent on the roster.

 

PRE-DRAFT ROSTER BREAKDOWN

*Fringe players such as Will Yeatman, Derrick Shelby, Nate Garner, Jason Trusnik etc were disregarded in the above roster table.

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