Dolphins 2013 NFL Draft Positional Big Board

Steve Dykes

The NFL Draft is just over three weeks away. Here's a look at some of the top players available this year at each position for the Dolphins as we build a "big board" for Miami.

The 2013 NFL Draft is 24 days away. As we hit the month of April, it's time to build a positional big board for the Miami Dolphins this year. The positions are listed in the order that I feel they are needs for the team. However, this is not necessarily the order in which they will be drafted.

Offensive Tackles:

  • This may be the biggest need for the Dolphins heading into the draft, but if the draft goes as everyone seems to think it will, the top tackles will all be off the board when it rolls around to Miami. That means the team will likely put off making a selection here until at least the second round.
  1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
  2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
  3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
  4. Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
  5. D.J. Fluker, Alabama
  6. Justin Pugh, Syracuse
  7. Menelik Watson, Florida State
  8. Oday Aboushi, Virginia
  9. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
  10. Barrett Jones, Alabama

Pass Rushers (Defensive End/Outside Linebacker):

  • The Dolphins need pass rushing help opposite Cameron Wake. The draft has plenty of options available in the first and second round.
  1. Dion Jordan, Oregon
  2. Barkevious Mingo, LSU
  3. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
  4. Jarvis Jones, Georgia
  5. Bjoern Warner, Florida State
  6. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
  7. Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi
  8. Sam Montgomery, LSU
  9. Tank Carradine, Florida State
  10. Alex Okafor, Texas

Cornerbacks:

  • The Dolphins signed Brent Grimes over the weekend, bringing the need for a cornerback in the draft from "glaring" to "pressing." The team will likely look at the position early, though the Grimes signing could move the position out of the first round.
  1. Dee Milliner, Alabama
  2. Desmond Trufant, Washington
  3. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
  4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
  5. Jamar Taylor, Boise State
  6. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
  7. Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana
  8. B.W. Webb, William and Mary
  9. Leon McFadden, San Diego State
  10. David Amerson, NC State

Wide Receivers:

  • Miami seems to have shored up their wide receiver needs with the signings of Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson, but they could still be looking to add to the weapons around Ryan Tannehill with another pass catcher.
  1. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
  2. Codarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
  3. Keenan Allen, California
  4. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
  5. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
  6. Robert Woods, USC
  7. Terrance Williams, Baylor
  8. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
  9. Justin Hunters, Tennessee
  10. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

Tight Ends:

  • Dustin Keller was signed to a one year deal, so either the Dolphins will have to re-sign him at the end of the season, or they can add another tight end in the draft, and hope some combination of the rookie, Michael Egnew, and Charles Clay develop this year into something that can serve in the roll at a cheaper price.
  1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
  2. Zach Ertz, Stanford
  3. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
  4. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
  5. Jordan Reed, Florida
  6. Vance McDonald, Rice
  7. Michael Williams, Alabama
  8. Dion Simms, Michigan State
  9. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn
  10. Levine Toilolo, Stanford

Guard:

  • The interior of the offensive line could be an area the Dolphins look, even as early as the first round. The signing of Lance Louis makes it less likely that it will be the top priority in the draft, but the team has reservations about John Jerry and his weight, and Richie Incognito is a free agent after this season. The Dolphins could address the guard position this year, knocking out a need for next year.
  1. Chance Warmack, Alabama
  2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
  3. Kyle Long, Oregon
  4. Larry Warford, Kentucky
  5. Barrett Jones, Alabama
  6. Matt Summers-Gavin, California
  7. Brian Winters, Kent State
  8. Hugh Thornton, Illinois
  9. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
  10. Patrick Omameh, Michigan

Safeties:

  • We are moving further down the Dolphins' positional needs, but safety could be another position the team addresses this year, with an eye toward next year. Miami is looking to build the secondary around Reshad Jones, and a young safety to pair with him could be a great addition to the team. Veteran Chris Clemons was re-signed this year to a one year deal, so he is likely on his way out after the season.
  1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
  2. Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International
  3. Eric Reid, LSU
  4. Matt Elam, Florida
  5. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
  6. Philip Thomas, Fresno State
  7. J.J Wilcox, Georgia Southern
  8. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
  9. Zeke Motta, Notre Dame
  10. Shawn Williams, Georgia

Place Kickers

  • Obviously, the team will not address the kicker position early in the draft, but don't be surprised if they use a late pick on a kicker that can come in and challenge Dan Carpenter during training camp
  1. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
  2. Caleb Sturgis, Florida
  3. Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
  4. Dan Conroy, Michigan State
  5. Brett Maher, Nebraska

Running Backs:

  • Miami is happy with the combination of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas heading into the season, but the idea of upgrading the running back position, especially with a power running back, makes sense.
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  1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
  2. Joesph Randle, Oklahoma State
  3. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
  4. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
  5. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
  6. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
  7. Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
  8. Christine Michael, Texas A&M
  9. Kenjon Barner, Oregon
  10. Knile Davis, Arkansas

Linebackers

  • The team has overhauled their linebacker position this offseason with the signing of Dannell Ellerbeand Philip Wheeler while releasing Karlos Dansbyand Kevin Burnett. Adding a linebacker has to be one of the lowest priorities in the draft, but that doesn't rule out the team looking to replace Koa Misi, who could be moved to a defensive end position.
  1. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
  2. Arthur Brown, Kansas State
  3. Alec Ogletree, Georgia
  4. Kevin Minter, LSU
  5. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
  6. Keith Pough, Howard
  7. Michael Mauti, Penn State
  8. Gerald Hodges, Penn State
  9. Sean Porter, Texas A&M
  10. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

Quarterback

  • The Dolphins could look to grab a late round quarterback and either stash him on the practice squad, or see if he is good enough to allow the team to trade Matt Moore to a team that loses a quarterback early in training camp/preseason.
  1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
  2. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
  3. Matt Barkley, USC
  4. Mike Glennon, NC State
  5. Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
  6. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
  7. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
  8. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
  9. Tyler Bray, Tennessee
  10. Collin Klein, Kansas State
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