2011 Dolphins Draft: Offensive Line

With the draft fast approaching, we break down the Dolphins roster by position and examine the likelihood the team will spend a pick or more at that spot on the weekend of April 28-30. We continue this series by looking at the offensive linemen.

The Dolphins continued to do a lot of mixing and matching last season in order to find the right combination in the middle of the offensive line, but the results were mixed at best.

Jake Long and Vernon Carey are mainstays at tackle, even though there have been whispers about Carey moving to guard if a can't-miss tackle is drafted — even though we have to say we're not crazy about the idea. As was the case last year, there's not much depth at tackle between Long and Carey.

In the interior of the line, the Dolphins took care of two issues by re-signing Richie Incognito and tendering Nate Garner.

Guard John Jerry should get better after an up-and-down rookie season and there are other young prospects on the team. But the Dolphins need more sure things in the middle.

The emphasis in this draft should be on adding playmakers, particularly guys with speed, but it wouldn't be a shock to see a pick — perhaps even a high pick — spent on an offensive lineman who could take this group to the next level.

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