This means it's officially time to go full-speed ahead into the draft.
Hickey will have full control over the draft and all personnel matters, so this is for him: a round-by-round draft big board.
What I will post is a round-by-round look at some possible draft picks for the Dolphins to make. Each round will have a list of 10 players Miami might consider at that point in the draft at various positions, based on need as well as best player available.
Let's move on to the list.
The goal in Round 1 for Miami will be the same as it ever was—find an immediate starter.
It failed in that regard last season with the Dion Jordan selection (part of that is on the coaches), but it can ill afford to fail in that aspect this season.
The first-round position of most need is offensive tackle, and there are plenty to choose from; however, Miami could also use this pick on a playmaking tight end or defensive tackle if it addresses the offensive line in free agency.
|1. Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn|
|2. Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina|
|3. David Yankey||G||Stanford|
|4. Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|5. Zach Martin||OT||Notre Dame|
|6. Louis Nix||DT||Notre Dame|
|7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins||TE||Washington|
|8. Stephon Tuitt||DT||Notre Dame|
|9. Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh|
|10. Morgan Moses||OT||Virginia|
During the Jeff Ireland-era, Rounds 2 and 3 were problems for the Dolphins, as they couldn't seem to find a starter in either round despite the fact that you normally would want your second- and third-round picks to start off the bat.
This year, Round 2 boasts plenty of plug-em-in starters at Miami's main positions of need (tackle, guard, defensive tackle and running back), so there should be no excuse.
They have to find someone.
|1. Morgan Moses||OT||Virginia|
|2. Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh|
|3. Tre Mason||RB||Auburn|
|4. Antonio Richardson||OT||Tennessee|
|5. Cyril Richardson||OG||Baylor|
|6. Dominique Easley||DT||Florida|
|7. Will Sutton||DT||Arizona State|
|8. Ra'Shede Hageman||DT||Minnesota|
|9. Taylor Lewan||OT||Michigan|
|10. La'el Collins||OT||LSU|
Much like Round 2, Round 3 has been an issue for the Dolphins. Last season, they had two third-round picks that failed to make an impact of any kind.
That can not happen this season.
This is also the round where the Dolphins should start thinking running back.
|1. Gabe Jackson||G||Mississippi State|
|2. Billy Turner||OT||North Dakota State|
|3. Carlos Hyde||RB||Ohio State|
|4. James Hurst||OT||North Carolina|
|5. DaQuan Jones||DT||Penn State|
|6. Charles Sims||RB||West Virginia|
|7. Anthony Steen||G||Alabama|
|8. Lache Seastrunk||RB||Baylor|
|9. Ka'Deem Carey||RB||Arizona|
|10. Sean Hickey||OT||Syracuse|
Depth on the offensive and defensive lines, running backs and possibly a quarterback should be the focus of Round 4 for the Dolphins.
|1. Andre Williams||RB||Boston College|
|2. Xavier Su'a-Filo||G||UCLA|
|3. Aaron Murray||QB||Georgia|
|4. Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State|
|5. Marion Grace||RB||Arizona State|
|6. Daniel McCullers||DT||Tennessee|
|7. David Fales||QB||San Jose State|
|8. Morgan Breslin||OLB||USC|
|9. Brandon Thomas||G||Clemson|
|10. Xavier Grimble||TE||USC|
In Round 5, Miami should circle back to its two biggest pressing needs (offensive tackle and guard) and draft one of those two positions (unless it has done so already).
There is plenty of depth at both the tackle and guard positions in Round 5, so much so that it would be hard to see any of these players not wind up starting.
|1. Seantrel Henderson||OT||Miami (Fla.)|
|2. Brandon Linder||G||Miami (Fla.)|
|3. Jon Halapio||G||Florida|
|4. Joel Bitonio||OT||Nevada|
|5. Chris Watt||G||Notre Dame|
|6. Jeremy Hill||RB||LSU|
|7. Boseko Lokombo||OLB||Oregon|
|8. Keith McGill||CB||Utah|
|9. Bryan Stork||C||Florida State|
|10. Anthony Johnson||DT||LSU|
Miami can—and must—use Round 6 the same way it should use Round 5: to add more depth to the offensive line.
The only excuse for this would be if it made a big splash in free agency or spent four out of its first five picks on the offensive line.
|1. Wesley Johnson||OT||Vanderbilt|
|2. James Wilder||RB||Florida State|
|3. Storm Johnson||RB||Central Florida|
|4. Gabe Ikard||C||Oklahoma|
|5. Danny Shelton||DT||Washington|
|6. Jeff Mathews||QB||Cornell|
|7. Charles Leno||OT||Boise State|
|8. Cornelius Lucas||OT||Kansas State|
|9. Jonathan Brown||OLB||Illinois|
|10. Isaiah Crowell||RB||Arkansas State|
In the final round of the draft, there's a lot the Dolphins can do that would help.
Drafting a third-string quarterback would make sense here, as would adding depth at cornerback and along the offensive line.
They could also use this round to find a special teams specialist. Either way, there are a lot of options on the table for the Dolphins in this round.
|1. Logan Thomas||QB||Virginia Tech|
|2. Colt Lyerla||TE||Oregon|
|3. LaDarius Perkins||RB||Mississippi State|
|4. Ricardo Allen||CB||Purdue|
|5. Silas Redd||RB||USC|
|6. Beau Allen||DT||Wisconsin|
|7. Jerome Smith||RB||Syracuse|
|8. Stephen Morris||QB||Miami|
|9. Donald Hawkins||OT||Texas|
|10. Shaq Richardson||CB||Arizona|