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I recently wrote an article discussing which prospects the Dolphins might target with their first-round pick, so you can check that out for a more in-depth analysis.
Anyway, here's an abbreviated look at the players Miami will considering with the eighth (or ninth) overall selection.
Melvin Ingram: My personal favorite. He's undersized, but brings it on every play. His intensity compensates for his size. Best suited as a 4-3 defensive end and could solidify Miami's front seven as a dominant unit.
Courtney Upshaw: Fierce pass-rusher who specializes as a 3-4 pass rusher, but can step down and play defensive end in a 4-3. Depending on which defensive alignment the Dolphins use next year, Upshaw could a great fit.
Quinton Coples: Pro Bowl potential, but concerns about his consistency and motor are disheartening. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl and has a chance to soothe character concerns at the combine. If he does, he'll be high on Miami's draft board.
Jonathan Martin: Offensive tackle is Miami's second most pressing need, and Martin could fill the position for the next decade.
Riley Reiff: Like Martin, Reiff projects as a franchise offensive lineman. If he falls to the Dolphins at eight/nine, they might not be able to pass on him.