NFL.com Around the League (ATL) writer Chris Wesseling this afternoon published an article analyzing the Miami Dolphins' top needs following their free agency shopping spree, and the team's best options in the upcoming NFL Draft.
"Before Ireland's spending spree (in free agency), early mock drafts often had Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson or West Virginia's penciled in to Miami with the 12th overall pick," Wesseling wrote in the article. "Even if slot receiver Davone Bess is traded or released, the depth chart at wideout doesn't necessitate early-round attention.
Instead, Wesseling believes the Dolphins will look to find a pass rusher or cornerback with their first-round pick, namely a prospect such as Alabama's Dee Milliner or Florida State's Xavier Rhodes.
"Don't be surprised, however, if the scouting department can't pass up Alabama's Chance Warmack or North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper—two elite guard prospects," Wesseling wrote. "The top three offensive tackles likely will be off the board at No. 12."
Wesseling notes that Ireland is "positioned well" on the day two of the draft, with extra second- and third-round picks, and writes that finding a right tackle in the second round is a priority because the team plans to flip second-year tackle Jonathan Martin to the blindside on a permanent basis.
"I would look for the Dolphins to come away with two cornerbacks, two offensive linemen and a pass rusher with their draft largesse," Wesseling said. "Successful NFL franchises aren't built through free agency, so this will be the most important draft of Ireland's six-year run as general manager."
Be sure to check out the related NFL Network video posted above Wesseling's article.