Rotoworld: Post-draft NFL lineup rankings

Joel Auerbach

Earlier today, Evan Silva from Rotoworld ranked all 32 teams based on their projected starting lineups. Here's what he had to say about the Miami Dolphins.

With the 2013 NFL Draft complete, NFL rosters are nearly complete. There will be a few changes as veteran free agents are cut after June 1st, or as position battles take shape in training camp, but as a whole, most starting lineups can be predicted now. With that in mind, Rotoworld's Evan Silva ranked the 32 teams based on the lineuphe projects. Here's a look at his Miami Dolphins writeup:

18. Miami Dolphins

QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB: Lamar Miller
FB: Jorvorskie Lane
WR: Mike Wallace*
WR: Brian Hartline
TE: Dustin Keller*
LT: Jonathan Martin
LG: Richie Incognito
C: Mike Pouncey
RG: Lance Louis*
RT: Tyson Clabo*

Offensive Overview: The Dolphins did well to upgrade Tannehill's pass-catching corps with weapons like Wallace and Keller who can create separation from defensive backs. Miami did not have that last year. The biggest remaining concern is line play, where at least three positions are unsettled. Martin's rookie-year performance was indicative of a player that should be vying simply to keep his starting job, not sliding from right tackle to his young franchise quarterback's blindside. Louis is coming off a late-season ACL tear. Going on age 32, Clabo is a late-career power blocker the Dolphins will attempt to shoehorn into their zone-blocking scheme. Incognito is another misfit power blocker. Theoretically, the Fins have enough pieces in place to field a somewhat explosive offense. Whether they have opportunities to play in space and Tannehill receives time to throw deep to Wallace will depend on a front five littered with question marks.

LE: Cameron Wake
RE: Dion Jordan*
DT: Paul Soliai
DT: Randy Starks
MLB: Dannell Ellerbe*
WLB: Philip Wheeler*
SLB: Koa Misi
LCB: Brent Grimes*
RCB: Jamar Taylor*
FS: Chris Clemons
SS: Reshad Jones

Defensive Overview: For the past two years, the Dolphins have played stingy run defense while struggling versus the pass. GM Jeff Ireland took steps to fix the latter by trading up to draft versatile edge presence Jordan, picking Taylor in the second round, and signing onetime Falcons top corner Grimes. Jordan needs a lot of technique work as an outside rusher. Taylor faces a huge jump in competition coming from Boise State, and Grimes is trying to come back from an Achilles' tear. Predecessors Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby were excellent run defenders, so the Ellerbe and Wheeler additions did little more than make the team younger at linebacker while pouring guaranteed money onto Miami's future salary cap. Ellerbe is poor in pass coverage. This defense should be a bit better this season, but not by much unless Jordan makes a major rookie-year impact and Grimes rediscovers pre-injury form, which may be a long shot.

I question two of his projected starters at this point, with Lance Louis still having to show he can come back from his injury and Dion Jordan as the starting right defensive end. I still see John Jerry and Jared Odrick in those slots, respectively, simply because I am not sure how healthy Louis will be and I think the Dolphins are going to look to bring on Jordan slowly, and in multiple spots, rather than slot him as the every down defensive end.

What do you think of his projected lineups? What about his overviews? Are you worried about the defense as he is? Let us know in the comments.

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