The season is over for the Miami Dolphins, and that means it's time for all of the draft gurus out there to start making their evaluations for who the team should draft with their first pick. The NFL draft has been a spectacle for football fans everywhere for quite some time, and this year should be no exception. For the teams that won't be going to the playoffs, their draft positions are sealed.
The team with the first overall pick is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a miserable 2-14 record, that team is in dire need of a quarterback as Josh McCown couldn't recreate the magic he made in Chicago, and Mike Glennon couldn't put together anything special despite having players like Vincent Jackson and rookies Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. So, the first pick will likely either be Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, or Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
As for the Miami Dolphins, they will have the 14th overall pick in the draft, which isn't too bad. Looking back, general manager Dennis Hickey managed to hit a homerun by drafting tackle Ja'Wuan James with the 19th overall pick, and now Hickey will have more to work with by moving up five spots from last year.
The last time the Dolphins held the 14th overall pick was in 1984, when the team drafted linebacker Jackie Shipp. That pick turned out to be less than the team hoped for to say the least. But if there's one thing that Dennis Hickey has shown he knows how to do, it's evaluate talent. He found James, Billy Turner, Walt Aikens, and Terrence Fede to name a few names that weren't expected to be that great, but they're clearly talented young men with promising futures.
Whether the Dolphins decide to go with an offensive lineman in hopes of solidifying the line for Ryan Tannehill, or they go the wide receiver route and draft a big weapon for Tannehill to throw to, we can all rest easy knowing that Dennis Hickey, the Silver Fox, is on the lookout for great talent.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter @FLSportDebater
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