The first round of the 2013 NFL draft is in the books.
With the first 32 picks off the board, teams believe they have improved and are looking at a bright future (or so they believe). Watching a player walk across the stage and shake the commissioner's hand indicates a new beginning.
The Miami Dolphins came into this draft with big needs at right tackle, cornerback and pass-rusher as well as needs at running back, guard and safety.
After the first round, they addressed their need at pass-rusher by trading up to the No. 3 spot and selecting Dion Jordan. They will now look to fill their other needs with three picks during the second day of the draft. Some players have slipped, some are right where they were projected and others will entice a team to reach.
Here are a few players that should be on Miami's radar during the draft's second day.
With the depth at cornerback this year, the Dolphins should think about doubling up at corner. Their top two corners—Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall—are coming off season-ending injuries so their impact next season is up in the air.
Jordan Poyer gives them somebody that is able to compete for the No. 1 spot, play the No. 2 spot or line up at nickel. He is at his best playing zone coverage and can contribute right away since he has plenty of experience playing zone.
Poyer may not fall to the Dolphins at pick No. 54, but they shouldn't hesitate to take him if he's there.
Will Jonathan Martin play left tackle? Will Miami trade for Branden Albert? These are questions that are still unanswered. When Miami traded up to the third pick, many believed Lane Johnson would be the pick. However, the Dolphins surprised everybody and took the best pass-rusher in the draft.
For now, Miami still needs to fill one of the tackle spots, whether it's left tackle or right tackle. If the Albert trade falls through, Miami should draft a right tackle early. There's nobody that Miami can take at 54, but Brennan Williams would be a solid pick in the third round.
Williams is a raw prospect, but he has a lot of upside. He only has a season-and-a-half of starting experience, but he can compete for the starting right tackle spot right away. If Miami decides to keep Martin at left tackle, Williams would be a great pick.
Like I said, the Dolphins should really think about doubling up at corner. With Poyer, the Dolphins would get a player that has a lot of experience playing zone, but they could still add some more depth.
Blidi-Wreh Wilson is 6'1" and would give the Dolphins some size at the position and a player with the ability to play on the outside. Wilson played both man and zone at Connecticut and would be able to contribute right away. I don't think he would compete for the top corner spot, but he can develop into a very solid prospect.
With two third-round picks, the Dolphins may target Wilson and they would get some good value if they select him.
Miami's Reshad Jones had a breakout season last year. He was one of the best safeties in the league and solidified himself as a starter on the team.
On the other hand, Chris Clemons had a decent season. He could've played better, but he didn't have a Gibril Wilson type of season. He signed a one-year deal this offseason and will have a chance to prove he's capable of starting opposite Jones.
If Clemons doesn't pan out as the starting free safety, the Dolphins need someone that can take over. This is a deep class of safeties, so there are a lot of options available. One of those options is South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger.
Swearinger is one of the top safeties in this class and would give the Dolphins the starter they need. His physicality and passion are at a level I haven't seen from a Dolphins safety in a long time. Pairing him with Jones would give the Dolphins an improved safety duo.
He can come in and compete for the starting free safety spot right away. He would give Clemons a run for his money, and I think Swearinger could be the starter in Week 1.
The Dolphins lost Anthony Fasano to free agency but managed to sign Dustin Keller. However, Keller is only signed for one year, which means the tight end position is still wide open.
Miami still needs to strengthen the position as Charles Clay hasn't really shown much and Michael Egnew has been a disappointment thus far. If Travis Kelce is on the board when the Dolphins are on the clock in either slot in the third round, they should take a long, hard look at him.
Kelce would give Miami a true tight end with the ability to block and be used as a seam threat. He could come in and compete from day one and challenge Keller for the starting tight end spot.
It wasn't a surprise when reports came out that the Dolphins were willing to shop Davone Bess. Bess has been Miami's slot receiver for the last few years, but with Miami's plan to get younger and faster, it appears Bess is on the way out.
If Miami does in fact deal Bess (or plan to), it should look to replace him. There are a few options such as Stedman Bailey, Markus Wheaton, Ace Sanders and Marquise Goodwin, however, the best fit has to be Ryan Swope.
Not only is Swope fast and a good route-runner with solid hands, but he already has chemistry with Ryan Tannehill and knows the offense. He could come in and contribute right away without needing much time to learn the playbook.