Miami has the luxury of having one of the best pass-rushers in the league. Cameron Wake has proven that he can get to the quarterback on nearly every snap with his great speed off the edge, his strength and his relentless motor. However, it's a tough task to ask one person to get to the quarterback on every down. He needs help.
This draft has a lot of great pass-rushers that can contribute immediately. Depending on whether Pro Bowler Randy Starks decides to re-sign, Miami might be forced to move Jared Odrick inside. Even though Miami drafted Olivier Vernon last year, he projects more as a linebacker than an every-down pass-rusher.
The top two defensive ends in this draft (Damontre Moore, Bjoern Werner) will most likely be gone by the time the Dolphins pick. However, there is still plenty of talent to go around.
Dion Jordan has been climbing up the draft boards lately and projects to be a top-15 pick. He has great speed off the edge, but he could be better suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Alex Okafor is also a great prospect, but No. 12 seems a bit high for him. If Miami were picking in the middle-to-late first round, he would be a great value pick, but not this early.
Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo are also great prospects. They are both great pass-rushers that will help take some of the attention away from Wake. Mingo is more of a raw prospect, but he has a lot of potential. Montgomery is more NFL-ready, but some people believe he is as good now as he'll ever be.
Ezekiel Ansah is a mysterious prospect. He hasn't been playing football for too long, but his productivity has increased as he has gained experience. He has great athleticism and a lot of upside. With the proper coaching, he can become something special. If Miami is willing to take a risk on Ansah, the first round is when they have to take it because he'll be long gone when the second round begins.
Other prospects the Dolphins might be interested in if they decide to go with a different position in the first round are Corey Lemonier, Margus Hunt, Tank Carradine and Trent Murphy.