NFL Draft 2014 Big Board for Miami Dolphins - 1st round prospects

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are searching for a new General Manager, installing a new offense, and getting ready for free agency in March. The team is also looking toward May's NFL Draft, including this week's Senior Bowl practices and game. To get ready, we start building a Dolphins-centric Big Board today.

The 2014 NFL Draft may be four months away, but the teams around the league are already starting to build their ratings of the draft prospects and prepare for the selection process.  As we get ready here on the Phinsider, we will spend the next four months analyzing mock drafts, doing our own mocks, scouting prospects, and building big boards.  We will cover ever potential draft pick for the Miami Dolphins in May's draft, and then probably be surprised by who they actually pick.

Sounds about right.

This afternoon, we take a look at our first horizontal big board for the year.  The board lays out the Dolphins' draft needs (at least as I see them; I know many of you will have the order differently) across the top, with the players listed in order of draft rank below.  The idea is you select the best player available, while still considering your own draft needs.  My board is broken in half, just to make it easier to read.

The players' overall ranking is in parenthesis.  The rankings are based on SB Nation's Mocking the Draft's Top 200 Big Board, with the top 32 serving as the players with "first round grades."  Of course, this board will change dramatically between now and then, especially when the NFL Scouting Combine rolls around next month.

But, for now, here's our very early horizontal draft board.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below.

Tackle Guard Defensive tackle Running back Fullback Tight end Safety
First Round Jake Matthews (2) Xavier Su'a-Filo (26) Ra'Shede Hageman (19) KaDeem Carey (31) Jace Amaro (15) He'Sean Clinton-Dix (9)
Greg Robinson (6) Louis Nix (27) Eric Ebron (17) Calvin Pryor (20)
Cyrus Kouandijio (16) Tom Jernigan (30) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (29)
Taylor Lewan (21)
Antonio Richardson (25)
Zack Martin (28)
Cornerback Linebacker Wide receiver Quarterback Defensive end Center
First Round Jason Verrett (18) Khalil Mack (4) Sammy Watkins (5) Teddy Bridgewater (3) Jadeveon Clowney (1)
Darqueze Dennard(22) Anthony Barr (10) Mike Evans (7) Blake Bortles (11) Kony Ealy (8)
Bradley Roby (32) C.J. Mosley (14) Marquise Lee (12) Johnny Manziel (13)
Ryan Shazier (24) Odell Bekman Jr (23)

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