The lockout will end eventually. When it does, every team will have a number of items to check off on their to-do list. Without much else to write about, we’ll take a crack at each team’s post-lockout priorities.
Up now: The Miami Dolphins
1. Pair a running back with Daniel Thomas.
The Dolphins plan to use Thomas, their second round pick, in tandem with a running back to be named later. With only Lex Hilliard and Kory Sheets behind Thomas, Miami may add two running backs to the roster.
There has been a lot of DeAngelo Williams speculation, but will the Dolphins pay top dollar when they just gave up so many picks for Thomas? Ronnie Brown could return if he doesn’t get a better deal elsewhere.
It makes more sense for Miami to target third-down back types. They could be darkhorses for Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles. Jason Snelling might be a nice, versatile fit.
2. Find competition for Chad Henne.
The Dolphins are talking up Henne as the likely starter, but they have to bring in another veteran. The question is how good that veteran will be. We think they make sense as suitors for Kyle Orton or Vince Young, if Carson Palmer isn’t available. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Miami aim lower with someone like Billy Volek or Rex Grossman.
3. Quickly establish offensive identity.
The lockout hurts new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s ability to implement his system. Based on Tony Sparano’s words this offseason, the Dolphins may double up on their ground and pound approach. Perhaps simplifying things in a shortened offseason won’t be that bad for them.
4. Find depth at guard.
Grabbing Mike Pouncey will help the interior offensive line, but this team still needs more competition at guard.
5. Pick up depth at outside linebacker.
We only listed offensive positions on Miami’s team needs before the draft, and that’s basically all they selected. Now that we look at the depth chart, it’s worth noting they are very thin at outside linebacker. Only three players are sure to be back.