Originally written on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 11/10/14

MIAMI - 2009: Jeff Ireland of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida. (Photo by NFL Photos)
2013 NFL Draft Miami Dolphins team needs The Dolphins spent wildly in free agency in the 2013 off season in order for Jeff Ireland to give himself a shot at retaining his job past the 2013 season. Well, ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers how well that works?  Winning free agency does not guarantee short term success, no matter how much your team spends. However, drafting well can often put teams on the right track in terms of building, and help teams that are close, like the Dolphins, in turning the corner. What are the 2013 NFL Draft Miami Dolphins team needs? Who are some of the players they can find throughout the draft that can fill those needs? Tight End- Tyler Eifert (12), Travis Kelce (42), Gavin Escobar (42/54), Vance McDonald (54) The Dolphins did a great job of getting Ryan Tannehill some weapons, but adding a pass catching tight end would give them another dimension. Cornerback- Xavier Rhodes (12), Jamar Taylor (42), Jordan Poyer (42), Darius Slay (54), Robert Alford (77), Will Davis (82) Dolphins did a nice job getting some secondary help, but adding another piece, a young piece, to the puzzle would be huge. Offensive Tackle- Lane Johnson (12), Menelik Watson (42), Terron Armstead (42), Kyle Long (54), Chris Faulk (111) They lost Jake Long, but he was a shell of what he once was.  Getting some help in round two, or taking advantage if Johnson falls in round one would be optimal. Safety- DJ Swearinger (42/54), Shamarko Thomas (77), JJ Wilcox (111), Ray Ray Armstrong (146) The Dolphins signed Chris Clemons, but only to a one year deal, and adding some young competition to the mix would be ideal. Defensive End- Malliciah Goodman (77), Devin Taylor (111), John Simon (146) The Giants have proven you can never have too many pass rushers, and with all their picks adding another weapon to rush the passer, would be a good idea. Those are the 2013 NFL Draft Miami Dolphins team needs in my eyes.  I could see a wide receiver or guard coming into play as well, but that is how I would list the Dolphins needs come draft day.
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