USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Mock draft - Amen­dola

De­fen­sive tackle

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.

Run­ning back

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.

Tight end

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.

Wide re­ceiver

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.

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