Dolphins draft primer: Offensive line needs to be addressed
The biggest area of need for the Miami Dolphins? Offensive line, offensive line, offensive line. And the NFL Draft offers the Dolphins plenty of options.
Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio is one of the offensive linemen that the Dolphins are evaluating in this week's NFL Draft.
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By Charlie McCarthy
The Miami Dolphins head into the 2014 NFL Draft with glaring holes on the offensive line and other slightly lesser needs.
The Dolphins own one pick in each round, highlighted by the 19th overall selection in Thursday night's first round. Miami also has picks Nos. 50 (second round), 81 (third), 116 (fourth), 155 (fifth), 190 (sixth) and 234 (seventh).
Last year, the Fins traded up to third overall from No. 12 and took edge rusher Dion Jordan from Oregon. That was under former general manager Jeff Ireland, who was let go after the season.
Miami very well could be involved in a first-round trade this year, too, for a couple of reasons.
The Dolphins might try to move up to secure one of the elite linemen, or, if none of the four are available, trade back for additional picks.
Another reason Miami might be open to dealing is new GM Dennis Hickey's penchant for wanting as many draft picks as possible.
Other Dolphins needs likely include linebacker, safety and, perhaps tight end and running back.
''We want to get good players and the starting element, that plays itself out,'' Hickey said recently. ''We want to build a competitive environments, bring guys in, but again that plays itself out. We just want to get good players in here that fit the criteria that we are looking for.''
Assuming Miami keeps the No. 19 selection, here are a few possible first-round selections.