With the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine today, the perception of this year's draft selections became a bit more crystallized. Some players surprised, others disappointed and still many sat right in the middle.
The Miami Dolphins, and their 55-man roster that was in attendance, understand the importance of the combine. For a team like Miami, which has nine picks overall and five in the first 82, nailing this draft is the difference between playoff contention and another half-decade wallowing in mediocrity.
With a multitude of needs, the Dolphins have a lot of holes to fill. The combine showed that there's a lot of depth in this year's draft class, so the Dolphins should be licking their proverbial chops.
Before we dive into our first post-combine mock draft, let's lay out a few assumptions this article has made:
- Miami hits on one of the big free-agent receivers; whether it was Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings or even Dwayne Bowe is unimportant.
- Sean Smith stays put in Miami, finally re-signing a deal that's more in line with his performance.
- Jake Long and Reggie Bush are out.
- Randy Starks is franchise tagged.
- Brian Hartline, Anthony Fasano and Chris Clemons are re-signed.
With those assumptions out of the way, let's dive right in.
Note: All Combine statistics courtesy of NFL.com