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The Dolphins will likely be starting two rookies (Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner) and two free agents (Branden Albert and Shelley Smith) on their offensive line this season. The lack of continuity is a major concern, but the Dolphins desperately needed to improve their talent there, and they clearly have. If the group is established as the starting line at the start of training camp and stays together throughout the preseason, chemistry can be created. If that happens, the biggest hole on the Dolphins roster will be on the defensive side of the ball.
While the Dolphins have some new faces projected to play roles in their secondary, that wasn't the main problem for the unit this past season. The Dolphins ranked 12th against the pass last year and were the 29th-worst run defense in DVOA. Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Walt Aikens, Cortland Finnegan and Louis Delmas could improve the secondary, but the defense will still be dragged down by a problematic trio of starting linebackers.
Unless multiple backups surprise in training camp, Koa Misi, Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler will start for the Dolphins again this season. Misi is a converted defensive end who has never lived up to his potential on the field, no matter where he lined up. Jeff Ireland gave both Ellerbe and Wheeler big contracts last year, but both proved to be undisciplined and technically deficient as starters. Regardless of the revamped secondary and hope that Cameron Wake will be fully healthy this year, the Dolphins simply can't feel good about their projected starters at the linebacker position.