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The Dolphins didn’t get much of a look at linebacker Raekwon McMillan during
his rookie season as the second-round pick tore his ACL while covering a punt
early in the team’s first preseason game.
McMillan’s injury came at a time when he was “about to make that move” into
the starting lineup John
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made the injury bad news for McMillan and the Dolphins, but Burke said the good
news is that McMillan’s back on track after rehabbing the injury.
“We had high hopes for him last year,” Burke said, via the Palm Beach
Post. “Nothing he’s done since then has discouraged that. … He’s been
really in-tune, been really sharp. He’s got all the leadership skills and things
that we look for, especially at that position. He’s worked his ass off to get
better. He’s rehabbed. He’s in here every day. He hasn’t shown any limitations
so far, which has been encouraging. Hopefully he’s a big piece for us.”
If all continues to go well, McMillan should be at middle linebacker and
making up for lost time when the Dolphins season starts in September.
6. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-12)
LAST SEASON: Andrew Luck missed entire season after having surgery for
partially torn labrum. Without Luck, Colts struggled. Jacoby Brissett showed
promise after being acquired in cutdown weekend trade. Pro Bowl receiver T.Y.
Hilton struggled, at times, usually because of no viable supportive deep threat.
TE Jack Doyle had breakout season and made first Pro Bowl. Defense improved
throughout season but Indy couldn't hold leads, couldn't close out
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postseason for third straight year, finished with first losing record since 2011
and coach Chuck Pagano was fired hours after season finale. Eventually, Frank
Reich took over for Pagano after winning Super Bowl ring with Philadelphia.
THEY NEED: DE, OL, LB, CB, WR, RB.
THEY DON'T NEED: QB, TE, K.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State; RB Saquon
Barkley, Penn State; G Quenton Nelson Patrick
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Roquan Smith, Georgia; LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech.
OUTLOOK: GM Chris Ballard wants to build through draft and has been looking
to acquire extra picks to speed up process. Already pulled off deal with Jets,
picking up two seconds this year and another next year. And he may not be done.
If one of top QBs is still available at No. 6 and QB-needy team is willing to
pay right price, Ballard says he could trade down again. If not, Colts are
content staying at No. 6 and filling any number of needs. Chubb is considered
best pass rusher in class and could help Colts move up from No. 31 ranking in
sacks. Barkley is special and would replace recently departed Frank Gore. Nelson
would help solidify interior offensive line and should help keep healthy Luck
upright, if QB plays. Fitzpatrick could play anywhere in secondary that has lost
both opening-day starters from 2017. Smith and Edmunds have made visits to team
headquarters and would provide help in young, thin linebacking corps.