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Aug 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) huddles with teammates during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins

2012 Record: 7-9; 2nd Place

2013 Prediction: 9-7

Confidence in Pick: 20%

Losses: Reggie Bush, Jake Long, Dustin Keller (ACL), Karlos Dansby, Davone Bess

Pickups: Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brent Grimes, Dion Jordan

Reasons for Optimism:

Ryan Tannehill – In only his 3rd year playing QB (he was a WR his first two years in college), Tannehill had a respectable rookie campaign (3,294 yards, 13 TDs and 7 wins). If you believe in his potential, he has a lot of room for growth and a lot of promise.

Lamar Miller – He is a good and promising young back, and while Miller is a step down from Reggie Bush, I like Miller and think he will have a good year.

Cameron Wake – This guy is a stud. 15.0 sacks in 2012 and now he will be paired with Dion Jordan. When these two are on the field together, it could be very exciting to watch…unless you are the opposing QB.

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