What holes remain for Dolphins?


The Miami Dolphins got off to a successful start in free agency. New Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert, safety Louis Delmas and defensive linemen Earl Mitchell and Randy Starks all filled holes. Miami even got compensation in a trade for embattled right tackle Jonathan Martin. Overall it's a good start.

But there remains well-defined needs that remain for Miami. Here are several areas the the Dolphins must still address:

No. 1: Right tackle

Analysis: Despite having two Pro Bowlers in the fold in Albert and center Mike Pouncey, there are still holes on the offensive line. The biggest right now is at right tackle, where the Dolphins don't have a legitimate starter on their roster. Dallas Thomas is a 2013 third-round pick who is a major project. Based on last year's performance, Thomas appears too raw to fill that role. The Dolphins may wait to fill this position in the draft, where a player like Notre Dame's Zack Martin could be available at No. 19 overall.

No. 2: Guards

Analysis: Miami's two guard positions are wide open. Richie Incognito and John Jerry were the Dolphins' two starters last year. Both are unrestricted free agents who will not return after being involved in the bullying scandal. Currently Nate Garner and Sam Brenner are the two replacements on the roster. Both are backups. The Dolphins need to find quality starters via the draft or free agency to build around Albert and Pouncey.

No. 3: Cornerback

Analysis: The Dolphins lost seven interceptions from their cornerback position last season when they cut Dimitri Patterson and let Nolan Carroll go in free agency. That leaves a big hole to fill opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. The Dolphins may rely on 2013 draft picks Jamar Taylor and/or Will Davis to step up in Year 2. Both players have potential but didn't get on the field much last season due to injuries. Miami could add another veteran to the mix to push its young corners and challenge for a starting job in training camp.