5 Players Miami Dolphins Should Target in 2nd Round of 2014 NFL Draft
The first round of the 2014 NFL draft is behind us, and the Miami Dolphins were only noteworthy in that they made a rather un-noteworthy pick with offensive tackle Ju'Wuan James (I called it, for the most part).
The Tennessee stalwart was a four-year starter on the ride side and should be able to step into Miami's line seamlessly from the start. But the Dolphins still have some needs to address in the second round, and although a lot of it depends on the how the board falls, things look good for them right now.
It's simply impossible to predict who will be available in the third, so let's just focus on Miami's pick at No. 50 overall in the second. Here are five players they need to target there.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
ASJ is hardly a new name to throw around, but he's still on the board along with fellow top tight ends Jace Amaro and Troy Niklas, and therefore I'm confident the Dolphins will have a shot at him.
I like ASJ the best of the three remaining tight ends, and he fits best with Miami's offense as well. He can develop into a legitimate all-around player with his combination of size and speed.
They'll need to be patient with him, as he's still somewhat of a raw product, but Ryan Tannehill would get a much needed big presence up the middle in Seferian-Jenkins.
Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
While this would not be a sexy pick, it makes more and more sense after the Dolphins addressed right tackle with their first-rounder.
Borland is not an elite athlete by any means, but he's got enough quickness and more than enough strength and tenacity to be a quality starter in a 4-3 system like Miami's.
While there are questions about his limitations in coverage, he would give Miami a good leader and tough presence at inside linebacker and free them up to rotate around Jelani Jenkins, Philip Wheeler, Dannell Ellerbe and Koa Misi as needed.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
While five receivers in the first round is still a lot, teams have to be salivating over the remaining talent at wideout left on the board heading into Day Two.
Marqise Lee will get snapped up quickly. Then others like Allen Robinson and Davante Adams will also be considered, but Matthews is the best of the bunch and Miami would do well to get him at No. 50.
At 6'3", 212 pounds, Matthews is a physical force who also has a smoothness and intelligence that allows him to get open frequently and put himself in positions to make plays.
He is not a burner, but the Dolphins already have Mike Wallace for that. Miami should instead opt to get a consistent, reliable performer, which they would get in Matthews, the SEC's all-time leader in receptions and yards.
Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
Another pick that wouldn't exactly grab headlines but would fortify the offensive line for now and the future, Jackson would really be a tremendous second-round selection.
A true mauler on the inside, Jackson would bring 334 pounds of wallop to the Dolphins' line. He was an outstanding player at Mississippi State and could play at either right or left guard.
There's no telling how Joel Bitonio would fare after a move to the inside, and he very well may not get to the Dolphins anyway. Xavier Su'a-Filo will also definitely not still be around. Jackson would be a solid consolation prize.
Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State
At 5'8", 184 pounds, Joyner is not exactly a physical force in the secondary. But he's a fantastic athlete who excelled at both safety and cornerback at Florida State and would be a great pickup for Miami.
The Dolphins are pretty thin at both safety and corner right now, and Joyner would be a guy who could step in right away and play the nickel spot while being groomed, however, Miami sees fit.
He's an instinctive playmaker with a great pedigree who had 41 consecutive starts at Florida State and would bring some needed durability, athleticism and competitiveness to the secondary.