The NFL draft is one of the most surefire ways to improve your team; the first round specifically is always a great place to find the stars of the future. The Miami Dolphins have drafted well in the past, but still need to make a good first-round pick to get to the next level.
This year, the Dolphins selected guard/center Mike Pouncey from the University of Florida. The season hasn't started yet, but he looks like he will be a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
There are still a few holes in Miami's depth chart that need to be filled. I focused specifically on quarterbacks, wide receivers, offensive tackles, running backs and safeties.
Quarterback is likely to be a problem position, as Chad Henne hasn't showed great improvement yet. I want to note that Andrew Luck, the future first overall pick, is not in this slideshow. That's because I'm optimistic about the Dolphins' 2011 season, and I would be a terrible fan if I thought they would be the worst team in the NFL.
The right tackle position is going to be a concern of the future as Miami will need somebody to compliment Jake Long. If Miami ends up in the mid-to-late first round, it could be a good place to find a dependable right tackle.
Wide receiver could also be a position of concern. Miami could decide to load up with another playmaker.
I would like to mention that I would never draft a running back in any of the first three rounds unless they had the athletic ability of Adrian Peterson; they are a dime a dozen and are made by offensive lines. With that said, general managers don't always think like I do, so I put running backs on the list.
This year Miami drafted Daniel Thomas and traded for Reggie Bush. They are hoping that they both pan out, but if not, Miami will likely grab a new back.
Long time starting strong safety Yeremiah Bell is getting older; who knows how long he will have left. At free safety, Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones are competing for the position, but if there is a top-quality starter in the draft, the Dolphins could pull the trigger.
Many of these players are projected to go in the top of the first round, but you never know what will happen. If Miami ends up picking around where they did last year, they could end up with one of these guys.
Here are all of the top prospects at the concern positions that the Dolphins could get.