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Updating Dolphins draft needs: Safety

The NFL draft is just around the corner, and we are examining updated needs heading into this week's event. We wrap up this series by taking a look at another need on defense.

Updated need: Safety

Analysis: Miami’s safety play left a lot to be desired in 2013. Former Dolphins starter Chris Clemons recorded a lot of tackles but was average against the pass and Reshad Jones had a down year after signing a big contract extension with Miami in training camp. The Dolphins hoped they fixed the problem by letting Clemons walk in free agency and signing former Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas. Miami anticipates the hard-hitting Delmas will make for a better pairing with Jones, who needs to have a better season in 2014. But with Delmas’ durability issues, the Dolphins could look for safety insurance in this draft. A top safety prospect such as Louisville’s Calvin Pryor could be in play at No. 19 if he’s the best-available player left on the board. Otherwise, Miami could look to add depth in the position in the later rounds.

Need-O-Meter: 5.5