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The AFC East blog continues this week's series on ranking team needs entering free agency and the NFL draft.
Next up is the Miami Dolphins, who finished 6-10 last season.
No. 1 need: Quarterback
Analysis: This has been talked about for months now. The Dolphins need a franchise quarterback who can get them to the next level. Matt Moore did a solid job for Miami last year and had a 6-6 record as the starter, including six wins in his last nine games. He's 13-12 as a starter for his career. If the Dolphins want to go 8-8 every year, Moore is the guy. But Miami has bigger aspiration of building a championship team. That is why the team is expected to explore options like Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn.
No. 2 need: Right tackle
Analysis: In addition to all the quarterback questions, Miami also will need someone to protect that player's front side. Starting right tackle Marc Colombo struggled last year and will be an unrestricted free agent. He was a favorite of former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and is not expected to return to Miami. The Dolphins also need to decide what to do with veteran guard Vernon Carey, another unrestricted free agent. But finding a quality replacement at offensive tackle is more difficult than finding a good guard. Fortunately for the Dolphins, this is a good draft class for offensive tackles.
No. 3 need: Safety
Analysis: The Dolphins are mostly set in the secondary. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith are two young corners approaching their primes, and safety Yeremiah Bell recorded his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season in 2011. But there is one missing piece at safety in Miami's secondary. Reshad Jones, 24, showed some promise filling in during the second half of the season, but he's not a game-changer or the long-term solution. The Dolphins could use a playmaker on the back end of the defense.
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The AFC East blog continues this week's series on ranking team needs entering free agency and the NFL draft.Next up is the Miami Dolphins, who finished 6-10 last season.