Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), Colts.com will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The eighth installment comes today with the Miami Dolphins:
Miami Dolphins 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 7-9 regular season. Finished 2nd in the AFC East.
Key Offseason Additions: LB-Darnell Ellerbe, WR-Brandon Gibson, CB-Brent Grimes, TE-Dustin Keller, WR-Mike Wallace, LB-Philip Wheeler,
Key Offseason Losses: RB-Reggie Bush (Lions), LB-Kevin Burnett (Raiders), LB-Karlos Dansby, TE-Anthony Fasano (Chiefs), OT-Jake Long (Rams), CB-Sean Smith (Chiefs)
2013 Draft Picks: 1-12, 2-42, 2-54, 3-77, 3-82, 4-111, 5-146, 5-166, 7-217, 7-224, 7-250
Analysis: With Ryan Tannehill coming off a productive rookie campaign, the Dolphins seem to be on pretty solid ground for a strong next couple of years. Changes in the offseason were a plenty in Miami and the draft should only enhance a roster filled with new, and talented, bodies.
Even without HBO”s “Hard Knocks”, the Dolphins always seem to be in the news. The losses are significant but the additions might even be better. Miami added a dynamic receiver in Wallace and filled an empty tight end slot with Keller. The Dolphins still must replace Bush and a bookend left tackle in Long.
Defensively, Miami signed two of the big names this offseason in Ellerbe and Grimes. It will be a new look across every phase of the football for Miami but this was a team that showed flashes of challenging the Patriots for AFC East supremacy. With five picks in the first 82 selections next week, Miami will be adding even more quality faces in the immediate future.
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