DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Dennis Hickey says he's well prepared for his first NFL draft as a general manager, and when the Miami Dolphins begin picking players Thursday night, he wants a calm atmosphere at team headquarters.
Not that the Dolphins' recent drafts have been anything to get excited about.
Too many poor picks were a big reason for the departure of Hickey's predecessor, Jeff Ireland, whose unpopularity among fans grew with each draft during his six years in Miami.
Not one of Ireland's nine picks a year ago cracked the starting lineup, and that included overall No. 3 choice Dion Jordan. Trying to avoid the mistakes of the past, Hickey will be in the market this week for help in the offensive line and at linebacker.
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