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The Dolphins could have a shot at playmaker Marqise Lee
Pick No. 50
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
An ideal fit in Miami’s west-coast-type offense; Lee makes dynamic plays seem routine using extreme quickness and acceleration. At USC, he was able to impact the game on offense as a No. 1 wide receiver and as a return man, both areas where the Dolphins need help. If Lee is on the board at pick No. 50, this is an easy decision.
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St
Robinson was able to produce huge numbers at Penn State, despite very little talent around to take pressure off him. Robinson has an impressive blend of speed, size and hands to ascend the Dolphins' depth chart early in his career. He creates well after the catch because he’s a smooth runner in space and is tough to bring down.
Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
Although defensive line isn’t a major need, it is a position that always can use a great talent. I’m shocked Hageman wasn’t drafted in Round 1. He’s one of the best pure athletes in this draft, and now needs proper coaching to become an elite player at his position. With Kacy Rodgers being an expert defensive line coach, Hageman would be a great investment.
Pick No. 81
Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State
Since Miami missed out on a similar weak-side linebacker in Ryan Shazier, why not look at a player who is similar, at a much-reduced cost. Smith could become the next Lavonte David, whom Dennis Hickey helped select in Tampa Bay. Smith allows Miami to have a solid coverage linebacker who compliments the current group and doesn’t interfere with Miami’s plans with former first-round pick Dion Jordan.
Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Gaines is a solid athlete who uses his length to be terrific cover cornerback in zone defense. With great ball skills and anticipation, Gaines could be the steal of the draft. He may not last this long, but it is a deep cornerback class, so a talented player will be available at No. 81.
Billy Turner, OG, North Dakota St
Billy “the bully” Turner is a nasty, run-blocking guard that can impact Miami as a rookie. He is fearless when blocking and has the athleticism to match his motor. If developing a deep, talented offensive line is a priority, Turner needs to be considered here.