The Miami Dolphins go into the draft with enough picks to field a team. Now the goal is to field a winning team.
After many months of patient maneuvering, the Dolphins accumulated 11 picks, beginning with the 12th overall selection Thursday. They have five of the first 82 selections, the most in the NFL.
So they should come out of the weekend with a bounty of new talent, a foundation for the future, and a new direction after four consecutive losing seasons -- the franchise's longest such stretch since the 1960s.
The abundance of early picks affords the Dolphins considerable leverage in trade talks. There has been speculation they'll move up in the first round, but it's also possible they'll trade the No. 12 selection for multiple lower choices.