Miami Dolphins Initial 2014 Round-by-Round Draft Big Board

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaContributor IIJanuary 27, 2014

Miami Dolphins Initial 2014 Round-by-Round Draft Big Board

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    The Miami Dolphins finally have a general manager in tow as they have given the job to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, per Omar Kelly of The Sun-Sentinel

    This means it's officially time to go full-speed ahead into the draft. 

    Hickey will have full control over the draft and all personnel matters, so this is for him: a round-by-round draft big board. 

    What I will post is a round-by-round look at some possible draft picks for the Dolphins to make. Each round will have a list of 10 players Miami might consider at that point in the draft at various positions, based on need as well as best player available. 

    Let's move on to the list. 

Round 1

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    The goal in Round 1 for Miami will be the same as it ever was—find an immediate starter. 

    It failed in that regard last season with the Dion Jordan selection (part of that is on the coaches), but it can ill afford to fail in that aspect this season. 

    The first-round position of most need is offensive tackle, and there are plenty to choose from; however, Miami could also use this pick on a playmaking tight end or defensive tackle if it addresses the offensive line in free agency. 

    1. Greg RobinsonOTAuburn
    2. Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
    3. David YankeyGStanford
    4. Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
    5. Zach MartinOTNotre Dame
    6. Louis NixDTNotre Dame
    7. Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
    8. Stephon TuittDTNotre Dame
    9. Aaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
    10. Morgan MosesOTVirginia

Round 2

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    During the Jeff Ireland-era, Rounds 2 and 3 were problems for the Dolphins, as they couldn't seem to find a starter in either round despite the fact that you normally would want your second- and third-round picks to start off the bat. 

    This year, Round 2 boasts plenty of plug-em-in starters at Miami's main positions of need (tackle, guard, defensive tackle and running back), so there should be no excuse. 

    They have to find someone. 

    1. Morgan MosesOTVirginia
    2. Aaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
    3. Tre MasonRBAuburn
    4. Antonio RichardsonOTTennessee
    5. Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
    6. Dominique EasleyDTFlorida
    7. Will SuttonDTArizona State
    8. Ra'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
    9. Taylor LewanOTMichigan
    10. La'el CollinsOTLSU

Round 3

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    Much like Round 2, Round 3 has been an issue for the Dolphins. Last season, they had two third-round picks that failed to make an impact of any kind. 

    That can not happen this season. 

    This is also the round where the Dolphins should start thinking running back. 

    1. Gabe JacksonGMississippi State
    2. Billy TurnerOTNorth Dakota State
    3. Carlos HydeRBOhio State
    4. James HurstOTNorth Carolina
    5. DaQuan JonesDTPenn State
    6. Charles SimsRBWest Virginia
    7. Anthony SteenGAlabama
    8. Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
    9. Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
    10. Sean HickeyOTSyracuse

Round 4

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    Depth on the offensive and defensive lines, running backs and possibly a quarterback should be the focus of Round 4 for the Dolphins. 

    1. Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
    2. Xavier Su'a-FiloGUCLA
    3. Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia
    4. Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
    5. Marion GraceRBArizona State
    6. Daniel McCullersDTTennessee
    7. David FalesQBSan Jose State
    8. Morgan BreslinOLBUSC
    9. Brandon ThomasGClemson
    10. Xavier GrimbleTEUSC

Round 5

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    In Round 5, Miami should circle back to its two biggest pressing needs (offensive tackle and guard) and draft one of those two positions (unless it has done so already). 

    There is plenty of depth at both the tackle and guard positions in Round 5, so much so that it would be hard to see any of these players not wind up starting. 

    1. Seantrel HendersonOTMiami (Fla.)
    2. Brandon LinderGMiami (Fla.)
    3. Jon HalapioGFlorida
    4. Joel BitonioOTNevada
    5. Chris WattGNotre Dame
    6. Jeremy HillRBLSU
    7. Boseko LokomboOLBOregon
    8. Keith McGillCBUtah
    9. Bryan StorkCFlorida State
    10. Anthony JohnsonDTLSU

Round 6

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    Miami can—and must—use Round 6 the same way it should use Round 5: to add more depth to the offensive line. 

    The only excuse for this would be if it made a big splash in free agency or spent four out of its first five picks on the offensive line. 

    1. Wesley JohnsonOTVanderbilt
    2. James WilderRBFlorida State
    3. Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida
    4. Gabe IkardCOklahoma
    5. Danny SheltonDTWashington
    6. Jeff MathewsQBCornell
    7. Charles LenoOTBoise State
    8. Cornelius LucasOTKansas State
    9. Jonathan BrownOLBIllinois
    10. Isaiah CrowellRBArkansas State

Round 7

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    In the final round of the draft, there's a lot the Dolphins can do that would help. 

    Drafting a third-string quarterback would make sense here, as would adding depth at cornerback and along the offensive line. 

    They could also use this round to find a special teams specialist. Either way, there are a lot of options on the table for the Dolphins in this round. 

    1. Logan ThomasQBVirginia Tech
    2. Colt Lyerla TEOregon
    3. LaDarius PerkinsRBMississippi State
    4. Ricardo AllenCBPurdue
    5. Silas ReddRBUSC
    6. Beau AllenDTWisconsin
    7. Jerome SmithRBSyracuse
    8. Stephen MorrisQBMiami
    9. Donald HawkinsOTTexas
    10. Shaq RichardsonCBArizona