Season Summary:

The Dolphins had a year fans want to forget. Some fans wanted to do better and by the end of it all some wished they did worse. They ended up 6-10, finding themselves out of the playoffs and out of the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes. They finished the season strong, with a 6-3 record in the last nine games, but lost a coach in the process.



2011 Record:

Regular Season: 6-10 (4th in AFC East)
Playoffs: Missed


Positions of Need:

Quarterback: After missing out on both Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, and Robert Griffin III, the Dolphins NEED a quarterback. The fans are getting sick and tired of the front office swinging and missing on potential franchise quarterbacks. They have to find one.

Wide Receiver: The Dolphins created this need themselves by trading Brandon Marshall to the Bears. They need to make up for it somehow. There is no way they go into the season with Davone Bess and Brian Hartline as their number one and two receivers. This is a pretty deep wideout class so I expect Miami to pick up a couple receivers somewhere in rounds two to four.

RT/RG: The right side of the Miami Dolphins' line needs a big upgrade. There aren't any offensive linemen worthy of taking at the No. 8 spot in my opinion. One exception is Matt Kalil, but he won't be there.

OLB/DE: The Dolphins need a pass rusher to complement Cameron Wake. Wake took a step back last season and it's an obvious need for their defense. There are plenty of options at pass rusher from where they sit in this Draft.


First Round Targets:

Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill will be the only quarterback left worthy of taking at the No. 8 spot, and if not selected, fans may go into a frenzy. Fans are starting to get impatient with the Front Office and are calling for Jeff Ireland's head. Tannehill is 6'4'', has a good arm, is fast, and his former coach is currently our offensive coordinator. I foresee great things by taking him.

Melvin Ingram: If the Dolphins fail to land Tannehill, they will look for one of the most important pieces to any defense, a pass rusher. Ingram is a very versatile player, something the Dolphins will need since they are claiming to be running some sort of a hybrid defense next season. The guy has a high motor and is less of a risky pick than his fellow top-15 pass rusher Quinton Coples.

Justin Blackmon: If Blackmon falls to No. 8 it's going to be very hard to pass him up. With Marshall gone, it's clearly a huge need for the Dolphins. He's also the prototypical-type receiver  in a Joe Philbin offense like in Green Bay.



Vultures: Teams To Keep an Eye On:

Cleveland Browns: If the Browns like Tannehill enough, they could easily take him at the No. 4 spot.

Kansas City Chiefs: They may trade ahead of the Dolphins to snake Tannhehill away.


Trade Winds:

The Dolphins may have to trade up if they want to secure Ryan Tannehill. While I believe this is unlikely, it's possible. There is also the option of trading back. If a big name player like Trent Richardson or Justin Blackmon is still on the board when the Dolphins select, teams will be calling. I can see Cincinnati being very interested in Richardson and would try and take both their first-rounders somehow.


Draft History:

2011: 1:15 - Mike Pouncey, C (Florida)
2010: 1:28 - Jared Odrick, DT  (Penn St)
2009: 1:25 - Vontae Davis, CB (Illinois)
2008: 1:01 - Jake Long, OT (Michigan)
2007: 1:09 - Ted Ginn Jr. (Ohio St.)