NFL Draft 2011: Who Will The Miami Dolphins Draft at 15th Overall?

Justin EisenbandCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2011

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies passes against the Stanford Cardinal on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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In the 2010 season, the Miami Dolphins won only seven games and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Rumors of replacing coach Tony Sparano swirled last week as former Stanford and now San Francisco 49ers coach John Harbaugh was rumored to be a possible replacement in Miami.

However, owner Stephen Ross decided to give Sparano an extension instead, although clearly Sparano remains on the coaching hot seat. The Dolphins have a talented roster, especially on defense, but Miami was unable to execute on the field winning just one game at Sun Life Stadium this year.

The Dolphins will have a lot to accomplish in this year's NFL Draft. While a team can never have enough depth and talent at any position, there are definitely certain areas of need for the Dolphins.

The first and most obvious need is at the quarterback position. The general consensus in Miami is that Chad Henne is not the long-term solution at the quarterback position. Henne truly struggled this season, and while he may have a strong arm, his decision making and accuracy are at best questionable.

Chad Pennington may be done for his career, and Tyler Thigpen did not prove anything in limited playing time this year for the Dolphins. Therefore, the answer at quarterback is most likely not on the roster.

There are several intriguing options at quarterback for Miami through the draft. At the 15th pick, the Dolphins may be able to catch a falling Cameron Newton or Blaine Gabbert. Also, while Ryan Mallett's draft stock continues to fall, he may still be a viable option by trading back. Even other names like Jake Locker could be thrown around.

Another possibility for Miami could be to go after a running back. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are likely to depart this offseason leaving Miami without its top two rushers from 2010. The best option at running back is Mark Ingram, but the 15th pick may be a reach for the Alabama running back.

Of course, Miami could always go with a safe pick on the defensive side. Akeem Ayers and Ryan Kerrigan should be available when Miami picks.

Miami should go with either a running back or quarterback since they are the areas of biggest needs. However, it may make sense for the Dolphins to trade down considering the lack of top talent at these positions in the draft.