2014 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins Select Offensive Tackle Ja'Wuan James

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Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A Miami Dolphins logo is seen prior to a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have a decent set of talent. Their defense is solid, they have a few playmakers on offense, and while Ryan Tanehill needs some work, he certainly has the talent to succeed in this league. But in order to take down the Patriots, they need more talent, and that is what they hope Ja’Wuan James will do for them.

Miami has done well in the first round over the last couple of years, drafting a few stars, and a few quality starters. Jake Long, Vontae Davis, Jared Ordrick, Mike Pouncey, Ryan Tannehill, and Dion Jordan are the last six first round picks the Dolphins have made.

As an objective fan (or not), I think Miami will still be battling for the number two spot in the AFC East. I really don’t see how the Pats can fumble away the division crown next year, even with Miami’s pick of James, and the Jets’ pick of Calvin Pryor.

If Tannehill wants to improve as a quarterback, he will need some protection, and that is why the Dolphins settled on James here in the first round.

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