2011 Dolphins Draft: Linebacker

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 linebackers.

The major acquisition on defense last offseason was linebacker Karlos Dansby, and he proved as good as advertised. Cameron Wake also developed into a bona fide star, giving the Dolphins two big-time players at linebacker.

Koa Misi played well enough as the strongside linebacker to earn All-Rookie honors and he should only get better. The other starter is Channing Crowder, who remains a solid player.

There's also depth in this group with guys like Tim Dobbins, Ikaika Alama-Francis and Quentin Moses, and the Dolphins have high hopes for 2010 fourth-round pick A.J. Edds once he returns from last year's knee injury.

If there's anything missing from the linebacking corps, it's another explosive playmaker because the 3-4 defense is driven by this group. So even though the team's priorities clearly should be on offense, the Dolphins would have to give some thought to using a high pick — perhaps even the first-rounder — on a big-play linebacker.

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