Pre-Draft Needs: Miami Dolphins
Brandon Marshall (Getty Images)
Brandon Marshall (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Apr 14, 2010


The Dolphins knew they had to help develop QB Chad Henne by adding more talent at the receiver position. They did that with Brandon Marshall. However, it shouldn't stop there. They still need to add more passing options in order to help their talented signal caller.

Players Added

Brandon Marshall/WR - They have landed the kind of impact receiver that has been missing in their passing game. If Marshall stays out of trouble, he'll be worth what they gave up for him.

Richie Incognito/G - With starting G Justin Smiley's future with the team up in the air, Incognito will have another chance to resurrect his career.

Karlos Dansby/LB - What's really interesting about Dansby is that you can move him around. He'll fit in quite well in Miami's 3-4 defensive scheme.


Players Lost

Joey Porter/LB - While he got under the coach staff's skin, Porter still is a quality pass rusher. Whether the Cardinals are expecting him to participate in 50-60 plays a game remains to be seen.

Akin Ayodele/LB - Dansby will take his place.

Jason Taylor/LB - It remains to be seen if he'll be back, but if he's not, the team will need to add a pass rusher or two out of this year's draft. Cameron Wake will undoubtedly see more than the 16 percent of the defensive snaps he saw last season. But is he ready for a major role?

Nathan Jones/CB - He filled in capably in a nickel role and played in over 43 percent of the defensive snaps.

Gibril Wilson/S - His inconsistent play and high base salary got him jettisoned.


Pre-Draft Team Needs

Outside Linebacker - With Porter out of the picture and possibly Taylor, the Dolphins need major pass-rushing help.

Wide Receiver - Despite getting Marshall in the fold, the team still needs to find an upgrade on the other side.

Free Safety - With Wilson gone, the team must find his replacement.


Other Issues to Address

Safety Depth

Inside Linebacker Depth

Defensive Tackle Depth

Guard Depth

Right Tackle Depth

Left Tackle Depth



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