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.