As the draft approaches, we're taking a closer look at Patriots rivals within the AFC East and the directions in which they may turn with their selections.
We've already taken care of the Jets and the Bills. Today we tackle the Dolphins.
2013 record: 8-8
Top-three 2014 picks: first round (19 overall); second round (50 overall); third round (81 overall).
Holes: OL; RB; CB
How's the offensive line group looking in Miami? In a word: messy. With Richie Incognito and Joanathan Martin out of the picture, first-year GM Dennis Hickey has done a good job of starting to rebuild, but there are still openings for starting roles in front of Ryan Tannehill, especially on the right side.
Top-three 2013 picks: DE Dion Jordan (3 overall); CB Jamar Taylor (54 overall); G Dallas Thomas (77 overall).
Not a whole lot of production coming out of the 2013 class for the 'Phins. Jordan was taken as a project with a load of upside, however, and could make a leap in his second season to be a disruptive presence on the edge. Taylor played in just nine games and made only three tackles last season while Thomas saw action in six contests.
So far in 2014 . . .
The Dolphins have been active in free agency, addressing various areas of need with proven talent. On the line, Hickey has signed tackle Branden Albert and guard Shelley Smith. He also locked up one of the game's best corners when he inked Brent Grimes to afour-year, $32 million deal, but the team is still lacking a legitimate No. 2 corner after Taylor struggled in his rookie season.
No. 19 pick mocked up
Pro Football Talk: Xavier Su’a-Filo, guard, UCLA
Rotoworld: Taylor Lewan, offensive tackle, Michigan