NFL teams are allowed to host 30 non-local players before the draft, and while this list includes many players who have arrived at Miami's Davie facility, there have been visits that the Dolphins have been able to keep secret. At the same time, Miami can host an unlimited amount of players who either attended a university or high school in the local "metropolitan" area.
Here are the 35 known players who have visited the Miami Dolphins' facility for interviews and physical examinations with their projected draft round, according to CBS Sports:
- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU (1)
- Marqise Lee, WR, USC (1)
- Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee (1-2)
- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama (1-2)
- Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi (1-2)
- Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (2)
- Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (2)
- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (2)
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (2)
- Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State (2-3)
- Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State (2-3)
- Dri Archer, WR/RB, Kent State (3)
- Terrance West, RB, Towson (3)
- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming (3-4)
- Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State (4)
- Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (4)
- Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (Canada) (4-5)
- James White, RB, Wisconsin (4-5)
- Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (5)
- Jon Halapio, OG, Florida (6)
- Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue (6)
- Cornelius Lucas, OT, Kansas State (6-7)
- Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona (6-7)
- Marquis Flowers, OLB, Arizona (7-Undrafted)
- Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska (7-Undrafted)
- Stephen Morris, QB, Miami (7-Undrafted)
- Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall (7-Undrafted)
- Kerry Wynn, DE, Richmond (7-Undrafted)
- Terrence Fede, DE, Marist (Undrafted)
- Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State (Undrafted)
- Keon Lyn, CB, Syracuse (Undrafted)
- Jordan McCray, OG, UCF (Undrafted)
- Justin McCray, OG, UCF (Undrafted)
- Eric Pinkins, SS, San Diego State (Undrafted)
- Sammy Seamster, CB, Middle Tennessee State (Undrafted)
The list includes nine offensive tackles, five wide receivers, five running backs (including Dri Archer), four guards, four cornerbacks, two outside linebackers, two quarterbacks, two defensive ends, one tight end and a strong safety.
There is no doubt that Miami's greatest need is a starting right tackle. With no need to disguise this fact, more than 25% of the Dolphins' known pre-draft visits were from offensive tackles, easily the position with the most visits. The visits also indicate that Miami may choose to wait on a tackle beyond the first round as top lineman such as Taylor Lewan and Zack Martin did not meet with team. The Dolphins did meet with Cyrus Kouandjio, Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner, tackles that may be available in the second and third rounds.
Based on these visits, it appears Miami is seriously considering a wide receiver in the first round, as the only players who are worthy of the 19th overall selection in the group are Marqise Lee and Odell Beckham. An impact receiver appears to be so important to the Dolphins that they also have prepared to fall back on receivers like Donte Moncrief and Martavis Bryant in the second round if they decide to draft a different position in the first. Despite team denials, Mike Wallace may be out of favor with new general manager, Dennis Hickey, as reported by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, who insisted that Wallace was on the trade block. Miami may be searching for a top-tier receiver more desperately than first believed.
Miami appears to be looking for Knowshon Moreno's new tag team partner, as it has brought in a slew of running backs to include Tre Mason, Dri Archer, Terrance West, Devonta Freeman and James White. This is more evidence that Daniel Thomas is on his way out and Lamar Miller is not in favorable standing with the Dolphins. If Hickey and Joe Philbin were content with Moreno and Miller as their running back tandem then the large number of running back visits, of mostly high and mid-round prospects, would not make sense.
This appears to be another position of need but based on Miami's known visits, the Dolphins either intended on drafting a guard late or are satisfied with their current roster. Currently, Shelley Smith is expected to be the Dolphins' left guard. Without the addition of another impact guard, the right guard battle will be between Dallas Thomas, Michael Ola, Nate Garner and Sam Brenner.
With the loss of Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll and the team's intention of keeping Jimmy Wilson as a safety, Miami needs to add a cornerback. The question is how much do they trust Jamar Taylor as their starting slot corner? If a cornerback is drafted in the first three rounds, Hickey may be showing his lack of faith in his second-year cornerbacks, Will Davis and Taylor. If drafted, Rice's Phillip Gaines qualifies as a threat to start immediately. On the other side of the argument, Gaines was the only top-tier cornerback or safety interviewed so everything may be fine in Miami's defensive backfield.
The Dolphins may be content with moving Koa Misi to the middle, as no inside linebacker is on the list and only two outside linebackers met with the team. Hickey may not perceive his linebackers to be a problem despite last year's subpar performance.
Based on these 35 aforementioned visits, the Miami Dolphins appear to be positioning themselves to draft a wide receiver, an offensive tackle and a running back in the first three rounds.
Of course, Dennis Hickey, can simply be creating a smokescreen.