This is the only place on the field where the Dolphins have a glaring hole. They need a starter at tackle, but have flexibility: Draft a left tackle and Jonathan Martin moves back to the right side; take a right tackle and he can stay at his most natural position.
The Brent Grimes signing lowered the panic meter from 10 to 6 or 7 at the position, but few will mistake the group as currently constructed for Madison and Surtain. Plus, Jeff Ireland covets young and cheap covermen.
Dee Milliner, Alabama: Miami would sprint to the podium if Milliner is still there at 12. Only reason he might be is concern over shoulder surgery performed in March.
Dustin Keller will replace Anthony Fasano as the featured target, but his one-year signing was a stop-gap measure. We’ll know if the Dolphins see Charles Clay or Michael Egnew as their long-term seam-buster by Round 3.
Cameron Wake was the league’s best 4-3 defensive end last year, according to Pro Football Focus – and by a wide margin. But the team’s other ends combined for just 8.5 sacks last year, and that includes Jared Odrick, who often rushed from inside.
Ezekiel Anseh, BYU: Despite logging just five sacks last year, “Ziggy” has zoomed to the top of the first round based on overwhelming ability. Mel Kiper has him going second overall.
Just like at tight end and cornerback, the Dolphins have a starter (Chris Clemons) with no job security beyond this year. The tandem of Clemons and Reshad Jones was solid in 2012, but combined for just six interceptions.
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