- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The offseason is in full swing with the Miami Dolphins. They have made a lot of changes on their roster, which has led to questions.
Let’s open the Twitter mailbag and see what’s on the minds of Dolphins fans.
@JamesWalkerNFL Based on need, what's the bigger priority, WR, CB or GU?
— Margarito (@MargaritoHuerta) March 25, 2015
James Walker: Many would argue cornerback, but I disagree. My take is Miami should coach up the two young corners they have in Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, and hope that one develops into a starter. They know the playbook and the system, and the Dolphins would be better off using their top remaining resource (a first-round pick) on another position where they don't have as many options. Wide receiver is the biggest need after Miami traded or released three of last year's top four receivers. Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are all gone. The Dolphins added Kenny Stills, but he can't replace all that lost production alone. Miami needs more targets for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins showed interest in Michael Crabtree but things remain in the flirtation stage. This is a strong draft for wide receivers and Miami has a chance to land one early in the draft.
@JamesWalkerNFL is there a downside to drafting parker #14 overall if we add a veteran receiver before draft?
— jordan thompson (@dannielmarino) March 25, 2015
Walker: The question is relative to the amount of resources the Dolphins spend on the position. For example, should the Dolphins use a first-round pick on a receiver (DeVante Parker? Amari Cooper?) and sign Crabtree or Greg Jennings to a multi-year contract worth $25 million or more? Absolutely not. But if a quality veteran is willing to sign a team-friendly deal and the Dolphins spend a first- or second-round pick on a receiver to double up, that would be a wiser approach. I don't expect Miami to overpay for a veteran, especially with the quality receivers available in the draft.
— Ansley (@anweezy79) March 25, 2015
Walker: Yes. Everything new Dolphins vice president Mike Tannanbaum has said since his hire is in support of Tannehill. Keep in mind, Tannenbaum put his New York Jets' tenure on the line for quarterback Mark Sanchez. So he has to be feeling optimistic about his chances with Tannehill, who is a better player. Tannehill should get paid this offseason, either via a fifth-year option or contract extension.
Thanks for the good questions, Dolphins fans. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach me via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.