Updating Dolphins draft needs: Guard

May, 6, 2014
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The NFL draft is two days away, and ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page continues to examine the team’s needs heading into this big week.

Let's take a look at a second need on the offensive line.

Updated need: Guard

Analysis: The Dolphins lost both starting guards from 2013 -- Richie Incognito and John Jerry -- due to last year’s high-profile bullying scandal. Both were allowed to walk in free agency as Miami looks to move forward. The Dolphins signed former St. Louis Rams guard Shelley Smith in free agency, and he is expected to be one replacement. But Miami is still searching for their second guard. Holdovers on the roster include career backup Nate Garner and Sam Brenner, who was a surprise contributor last year. But the Dolphins could take a guard fairly high in this draft in order to compete for a starting job. UCLA’s Xavier Su'a-Filo could be a first-round option for Miami. Other guards such as Trai Turner of LSU and Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State are more second- and third-round prospects.

Need-O-meter (Scale of 1-to-10): 7.5

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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