Dolphins pre-draft needs: QB, WR, OT, DE, S, CB
First Round, Pick 8: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
If it pans out, this is a LeBron James slam dunk. If it falls flat, Jeff Ireland is going to be swimming with the fishes in the dunk tank. Tannehill has the potential to be the Dolphins next quarterback of the future, but he comes with warning labels from draft pundits across the Web regarding his developmental nature.
Second Round, Pick 42: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Offensive tackle was a need, though not the biggest one, but Jonathan Martin gives the Dolphins a player they can plug in and start from Week 1. He'll have the fate of the franchise in his hands protecting Tannehill (at some point, we think) but he has plenty of experience protecting highly valuable quarterbacks (see: Luck, Andrew).
Third Round, Pick 72: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami
Put Vernon opposite Cameron Wake and let the two get after the quarterback. He needs some work on the fundamentals, but he's explosive off the snap, has quickness around the edge and has a good ceiling.
Third Round, Pick 78: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Pass-catching tight ends are more valuable than ever with the emergence of Aaron Hernandez and Jermichael Finley. Egnew is in a similar mold to those two, but the Dolphins already had Charles Clay on the roster. Egnew is an upgrade there, but the Dolphins could have targeted one of the many available wide receivers here.
Fourth Round, Pick No. 97: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
The Dolphins could use the depth at running back, but Lamar Miller is far too similar to Reggie Bush for my taste. I understand the positional target, but the prospect is a bit of a head scratcher. Why would you willingly take snaps away from Reggie Bush, after the season he had last year?
Fifth Round, Pick 155: Josh Kaddu, LB, Oregon
A physical specimen and a versatile linebacker for depth in the fifth round. Can't knock this pick.
Sixth Round, Pick 183: B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Would have liked to see wide receiver come out as a higher priority, but at least they took a guy with height. Perhaps he can find a role in the Dolphins new offense.
Seventh Round, Pick 215: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas
A defensive tackle without a true position in a defense without a true alignment. The Dolphins probably don't care how they get him on the field, just that they get him on the field.
Seventh Round, Pick 227: Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
Another big target for whoever the Dolphins quarterback may be
Overall Draft Grade: B-
Almost all the needs were addressed at one point or another, and although many of them may seem unspectacular now, remember that this is a new coaching staff looking for fits in their scheme. All in all, this was a good start in my book, but this draft class will only go as far as Ryan Tannehill takes them.