Looking at the AFC East, I honestly think Buffalo and the New York Jets are a bit further along than Miami. That is hard to admit, but I don't think either is head and shoulders above the Dolphins. The return of Ryan Tannehill certainly could be huge for Miami next season. Point is, this will be a critical draft for the Dolphins to not only make up ground on New England, but to overtake the other division rivals. Gase must get the offensive ship headed the right way and fast. First the needs in my order. 1. Offensive Guard/Interior Lineman --- this is just such an obvious weakness and I certainly expect the team will not have Pouncey back. May need two interior (starting caliber) linemen. Maybe one in free agency and one in the draft. 2. Running Back --- Gase might be able to get by with a complement to Drake, but this is a good running back draft. 3. Tight End -- Thomas had his best game against the Raiders, but he hasn't looked good most of the season. In particular, he seems to have lost a step or two. 4. Linebacker --- Timmons has been a standout, but will Miami keep him? Seems likely, but even so he's on a short-term contract. Can't wait to get McMillan back. 5. Corner --- This is an interesting one. I'm a bit on the fence with Howard. Seen some good and bad with him. Also, a slot corner upgrade would be nice. 6. Pass Rusher --- Wake is 35, Suh is on the wrong side of 30. I put pass rusher because it could be a defense end, a defensive tackle or even a linebacker. 7. Wide Receiver --- The Landry contract will be resolved one way or the other. If he isn't on the team you can move wide receiver up this list. I have some concerns about Parker staying healthy. His talent is obvious. 8. Tackle --- Tunsil's season has been disappointing and James could be a free agent. Personally, I think the team keeps James and hopefully Tunsil can reach his immense potential. Some other points. The best players on defense are all guys who will need to be replaced soon. The Dolphins already started that by drafting Harris. He may be the guy to eventually take over for Wake. Godshaux is playing well, Phillips looks a little better as well. But another talented DT would be nice with Suh's contract up in a few years. A young safety to groom behind Jones would be nice. And then the question.....can Miami take the best defensive player available in round 1 and still fill all their needs on offense? I love how far the defense has come in one offseason and would love to see the Dolphins continue to build that unit up. Is that a realistic possibility? I know Miami doesn't currently have a lot to spend in free agency. Of course that can always change.