The Miami Dolphins are looking to have a turnaround year in the 2014 season after a PR disaster and bullying scandal rocked the team last year.
In 2013, the Dolphins failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight season, and much of that can be attested to the lack of help from the 2013 draft class.
The specific issues came with the draftees in the top three rounds for the Dolphins, as they simply did not produce on either side of the ball.
Second round pick, cornerback Jamar Taylor, discussed the issues with the Sun-Sentinel:
I feel like it was a learning experience for all of us. We all came here on our high horse and we got humbled real quick.
The second year players are coming into OTA’s with a chip on their shoulder and have something to prove. Head coach Joe Philbin is ready to watch the players succeed as well, and assured the media that they will get plenty of reps in to prove their worth:
We’re going to provide a ton of opportunity out here on the practice field and in the preseason for these guys to earn playing time.
The most notable top pick the Dolphins had last year was Oregon defensive end, Dion Jordan. The Dolphins traded up to the third selection in the draft last year in order to take Jordan, but he ended the season with only two sacks and 26 tackles.
Jordan struggled with injuries in his rookie season and did not get many first or second down appearances on the field. The hope is that Jordan can turn that around this year, and become a force on the defensive line opposite Cameron Wake.