THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we dream a little and ponder what would happen if the Dolphins had the first overall pick in this year's draft.

Let's see now, we certainly don't think the Dolphins would go the Bengals route and pick Carson Palmer, the quarterback from USC.

First of all, we're not sold on just how good a quarterback he's going to become. Second, the Dolphins have more pressing needs than getting a quarterback of the future.

OK then, if not Palmer, then who?

The first step is to consider the Dolphins' main needs. Those would include, in order, a left tackle, a safety, an outside linebacker, a wide receiver and maybe another cornerback.

You can immediately rule out safety and outside linebacker because there's nobody at those positions considered nearly good enough to be picked first overall.

So now you have to look at the best prospects at each of the other positions and they would be, respectively, left tackle Jordan Gross of Utah, wide receiver Charles Rogers of Michigan State and cornerback Terence Newman of Kansas State.

The feeling here is if you're going to pick an offensive tackle first overall, he'd better be awesome. Gross, from all accounts, should be a very, very good NFL player. But awesome? Don't think so.

So scratch him. That leaves Rogers or Newman. Since the Dolphins can get by with Madison, Surtain and Buckley at cornerback this season, we're thinking Rogers would have the most immediate impact and there are some who have compared him to Randy Moss.

Except he doesn't bring the baggage.

So there you have it. With the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, the Miami Dolphins select Charles Rogers, wide receiver, Michigan State.

Hey, it's nice to dream once in a while.


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