The Dolphins released defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh’s production will be missed as Miami is thin at the position with Jordan Phillips and 2017 late-round picks Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor.
Two consecutive years of anterior cruciate ligament injuries to Ryan Tannehill raise concerns about the future of the quarterback position. The 11th overall pick could be an option, but barring a trade up, the Dolphins are likely going to have to address the position on Day 2 in hopes of a developmental prospect.
Linebacking was not a strong suit in 2017. Getting Raekwon McMillan back helps, but look for the Dolphins tap into a deep linebacking class for a starter at one of their outside positions.
No one saw the trade that sent Jay Ajayi to the Eagles last year coming. But Kenyan Drake thrived as the lead back, bringing explosiveness to the offense. Drake assumes the starting role alongside veteran Frank Gore, but the Dolphins could look to add a power back.
Julius Thomas had the best years of his career in Denver with Adam Gase but managed 388 yards and three touchdowns with Miami last season. Releasing him saves the Dolphins $6.6 million. Miami could use a second-day tight end.
The Dolphins still lack the shutdown corner they need. From a deep cornerback class, they can still get talent early in the second round.
After trading Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins have extra money but still need to replace Landry’s 161 targets, the fourth most of any receiver. Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola were signed, but a big-bodied possession receiver would really help.