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With pressing needs at wide receiver, nose tackle, outside linebacker and free safety, the Dolphins could go in several different directions with their first pick in the draft — No. 12 overall — and GM Jeff Ireland, in typical fashion, didn't tip his hand in a conversation with reporters April 8. While Ireland said his draft board has been pretty well set since February, observers have been left to speculate about whom Miami will pick on April 22.
There is talk that Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, the highest-rated receiver in the draft, could fall to the Dolphins, and Ireland said at the Combine that he felt the team needed a target who could pick up yardage in chunks. Miami ranked just 23rd in yards per pass play last season. The Dolphins' offense has been severely hampered by the lack of a field-stretching deep threat, and evaluators say Bryant has the potential to become an elite No. 1 receiver. There are concerns about Bryant's character, but Miami didn't shy away from selecting CB Vontae Davis, whose character was questioned, in the first round last year.
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