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2013 Starters: SAM LB Koa Misi, MIKE LB Dannell Ellerbe, WILL LB Philip Wheeler
Projected 2014 Starters: SAM LB Koa Misi, MIKE LB C.J. Mosely (Alabama), WILL LB Dannell Ellerbe
Welp, I just gave you all my projected first-round pick for the Dolphins.
Last year's linebackers were low-key as bad as the offensive line. If there was a big play, you could point to the linebackers as the reason most of the time, as the defensive line was great at stopping the run and forcing pressure on the quarterback, and the secondary for the most part handled receivers fairly well.
Teams just loved attacking the soft and gooey middle of the Dolphins defense, which featured players who were either out of position, or at times just plain hopeless.
Drafting Alabama's C.J. Mosely fixes that. He can plug in and play middle linebacker from the start. which would slide Ellerbe to the weak side while Misi patrols the strong side (which he does do well).
Wheeler can be a rotational linebacker, but on pass-rushing plays where Miami might want to show a 3-4 look, I'd go with Dion Jordan instead of Wheeler.