Expectations were low for the Miami Dolphins entering the 2012 season. The franchise was starting anew after trading star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, drafting quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 pick and hiring Joe Philbin to be the head coach.
So when the Dolphins started out 1-3, no one batted an eyelash. A funny thing happened along the way, though: The team began to play to its strengths, however few there might have been, and carved out a solid 7-9 season.
In the AFC East, where only the New England Patriots are a threat, that 7-9 record was good enough to give the Dolphins a second-place finish. It was the team's highest finish in the division since 2008, though it still isn't good enough.
But the fact that there does appear to be a foundation in place gives hope that this franchise isn't as far away from competing as it seemed six months ago.
As the Dolphins look ahead to the NFL draft, their needs are plentiful and they are in a good spot with the No. 12 overall pick.
Now we are going to go through each area of the Dolphins' roster and take a look at the positions they need to target.