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2015 NFL Draft: Marcus Peters to the Dolphins at pick #14

With holes in the back half of the defense, the Dolphins add one of the top corners in the draft despite his off-the-field issues.

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The Miami Dolphins were one of the bigger spenders in free agency this year, landing Ndamukong Suh from the Lions and tight end Jordan Cameron from the Browns. They also made a play in the trade market, picking up wideout Kenny Stills to pair with Jarvis Landry.

This team has talent at several positions, but will look to the 2015 NFL Draft to address serious needs in the secondary, at linebacker, and at running back. While Landry showed he's a good possession receiver as a rookie last year, Miami might do well to add a deep threat as well in case Stills doesn't pan out.

Who are we adding to Joe Philbin's squad in the first round? Playing GM for the Dolphins this year, I am looking to the secondary. With the 14th selection in the APC Mock Draft, Miami selects...

Marcus Peters, cornerback, Washington

Height: 6 feet
Weight: 197 pounds
Combine 40 time: 4.53 seconds

In my opinion, Peters is the best cornerback in the draft, better than Waynes who went one pick earlier to New Orleans. He plays with excellent technique and contributes in run support as well, which should more than make up for the difference in straight-line speed between the two corners (not that Peters is slow, by any means). Of course, the off-the-field issues that got him tossed off the Washington Huskies squad remain, and that's what's likely dropping him below Waynes on most boards.

However, he's mended the fence between him and former head coach Chris Petersen, and I'm betting that teams are going to be willing to look past those issues in favor of his excellent cover skills. For the Dolphins, the top wideouts are off the board, and I think it's still too early for one of the running backs or linebackers. That's why Peters is my selection if Miami doesn't trade the pick.

Pick Team Player Position School
1 TB Jameis Winston QB Florida State
2 TEN Leonard Williams DT USC
3 JAX Amari Cooper WR Alabama
4 OAK Randy Gregory OLB/DE Nebraska
5 WAS Dante Fowler, Jr. OLB Florida
6 NYJ Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
7 CHI Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
8 ATL Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
9 NYG Kevin White WR West Virginia
10 STL La'el Collins OT LSU
11 MIN DeVante Parker WR Louisville
12 CLE Danny Shelton DT Washington
13 NO Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
14 MIA Marcus Peters CB Washington
15 SF