2011 NFL Mock Draft: Miami Dolphins' Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Miami Dolphins' Draft Take
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The Miami Dolphins didn’t have a good season last year, as they really struggled to score points on the offensive side of the football.  They finished 30th in the league in scoring last year, and that can be attributed to the struggles of Chad Henne at the quarterback position.  Look for the Dolphins to draft a lot of offensive players in the draft this season.

Chad Henne was thought to be the starting quarterback of the present and future, but he really took a step backwards in 2010.  His long-term potential is now in doubt, and it’s entirely possible that they look for another solution in this offseason. 

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are a solid duo at running back, but I don’t think that either of them will be back next season.  Even if one of them returns, the Dolphins will need to find a complement either in free agency or through the draft. 

Brandon Marshall had a solid season, but it wasn’t really the impact that the Dolphins were expecting.  His lack of production could be attributed to the struggles of Henne, but he needs to have a better season in 2011.  The Dolphins lack a real No. 2 option, but the overall depth of this unit isn’t that bad.  Anthony Fasano had a good season by his standards last year, but the depth is an issue that needs to be looked at. 

Jake Long is one of the best young tackles in the league, and he makes an excellent tackle pairing with Vernon Carey.  John Jerry struggled a bit at guard, but he will get every opportunity to start again next season.  Richie Incognito is solid, but it remains to be seen if he plays either guard or center next season.

The defensive line is one of the strengths of the team, with both quality starters and depth.  Kendall Langford and Phillip Merling are very solid starters at defensive end.  Randy Starks and 2010 first-round pick Jared Odrick will provide excellent depth.  Paul Sollai had a very good season at nose tackle, but the depth behind him could be an issue. 

The outside linebackers are very impressive, with Pro Bowler Cameron Wake leading the way.  Koa Misi played well as a rookie and he gives the Dolphins another nice pass rusher.  Channing Crowder and 2010 free-agent pickup Karlos Dansby are both very solid at middle linebacker.  This position seems set for the next few seasons. 

The cornerbacks are solid with Vontae Davis and Sean Smith as the starters.  Benny Sapp and Nolan Carroll provide depth, but the Dolphins need to find a better option for the nickel position.  Yeremiah Bell is a solid strong safety, and Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons give the Dolphins two young options at the free safety position.  The starters on this defensive unit are all very solid.

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