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Miami Dolphins Draft 2017: Needs and how Miami is filling them

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, we asked you for your rankings of the Miami Dolphins draft needs. We then released the results of those rankings on Thursday morning, finding that the rankings were fairly reasonable, with some room for personal opinion adjustments (i.e., should cornerback be above defensive tackle?).

As we head into day three of the Draft, nearing the halfway point of the selection process and the Dolphins’ picks, let’s see what still remains from your rankings, and what positions the Dolphins have addressed thus far:

  1. Linebacker - Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State (2nd Round)
  2. Guard
  3. Defensive end - Charles Harris, Missouri (1st Round)
  4. Defensive tackle
  5. Cornerback - Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson (3rd Round)
  6. Safety
  7. Center
  8. Offensive tackle
  9. Tight end
  10. Running back
  11. Quarterback
  12. Wide receiver

With their first three picks of the Draft, the Dolphins systematically filled three of their top needs. According to your vote, guard remains the top need to be filled, followed by defensive tackle and safety. Miami has four picks on Saturday, with three in the fifth round and one in the seventh round. They could still look to fill more needs as Saturday continues.

There have been plenty of fans worried about the team’s perceived ignoring of the offensive line this year, with no guard selected through the first three rounds. Miami’s coaching staff has said that they are comfortable with the offensive linemen they have on the roster, with Ted Larsen, Kraig Urbik, and Anthony Steen likely battling for the starting left guard position. The coaching staff earned some trust last year, so we, as fans, need to give them the trust that they are not going to set up the offense for failure and that they do truly believe guard will be fine.

That said, there are some depth offensive linemen options still on the board, though the team, as of now, will have to wait until the fifth round to be able to grab one of them.

How do you feel about your ranking of the team needs now that the Draft is through its first three rounds? How do you feel about how the Dolphins are targeting players and filling needs this year?