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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Dolphins

By James Walker

The NFL draft was pushed back this year to May 8. That provides additional time for the Miami Dolphins and other teams to analyze their needs for the 2014 season.

ESPN scouting director and draft expert Todd McShay provides his latest mock draft for all 32 teams. His projection for the Dolphins may surprise you.

According to McShay , the Dolphins should select former USC receiver Marqise Lee at No. 19 overall. We reported recently that Miami hosted Lee for a visit. Therefore, Miami is already showing a certain level of interest.

However, it’s questionable whether the Dolphins need a receiver in the first round of the draft. Miami already has two solid starters in Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Any first-round receiver would be a backup or No. 3 receiver at best this season. The Dolphins have bigger needs.

Wide receiver also is arguably the deepest position in this year’s draft. There are plenty of second-, third- and fourth-round options at the receiver position who have potential to help Miami and provide depth. Lee is a good player, but he doesn’t fit Miami’s major needs.