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Miami’s offensive line drama stole the show last season, and the subsequent reshuffling was partially responsible for quarterback Ryan Tannehill hitting the turf more than any other passer in the league. Keeping Tannehill upright, along with developing a more complete rushing attack to help him establish rhythm, should be the focal points of this year’s draft.
1. Offensive Tackle
Miami gave up a league-leading 58 sacks in 2013, which was poor enough to set the franchise record. To make things worse, they could lose starting tackles Bryant McKinnie and Tyson Clabo to free agency, and Jonathan Martin’s future with the team remains uncertain in the wake of last season’s controversy. Ryan Tannehill has the offensive weapons to do some damage, but he needs to stay on his feet if he’s going to reach his full potential.
Offensive tackle isn’t the only position to blame for the punishment Tannehill took in 2013, as the Fins have just as bleak of a situation at the guard spots. Richie Incognito’s involvement in last season’s bullying scandal makes it relatively safe to say that the free agent won’t be returning to Miami in 2014. Fellow guard John Jerry is also set to hit free agency.
3. Running Back
It’s tough to determine whether the Dolphins’ 26th ranked rushing attack was a result of poor offensive line play, or if some of the blame falls on backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Regardless, Thomas will become a free agent after next season, and the Fins could certainly use an explosive back to complement Miller.