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 predict the Dolphins' 2003 draft.

It's no big secret that the Dolphins are heading into the 2003 draft hoping to get their hands on an offensive tackle who can come in and start as a rookie. The big question is whether they'll be able to do that without having a pick before the No. 49 overall selection.

Of course, that could change if the Dolphins decide to sacrifice a pick, either this year or next year, to move up in the second round or perhaps even late into the first round.

So what's going to happen? Here's our best guess.

Several mock drafts are projecting the Dolphins taking Georgia offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb at No. 49, and he makes a lot of sense. Or the Dolphins could trade up and grab his college teammate, fellow tackle George Foster. Or they could move up and grab Hawaii tackle Wayne Hunter.

Another possibility at No. 49 is Tennessee wideout Kelley Washington, who is a big-time talent but has questions because of a previous neck injury and a perceived me-first attitude problem. It also could be Florida State's Anquan Boldin, who has everything to be a high pick except ideal speed.

Or the Dolphins could go for a ball-hawking safety such as Bethune-Cookman's Rashean Mathis, a small-school gem who had a whopping 14 interceptions last season.

OK, so there are the possibilities. Here comes the prediction: The Dolphins will wind up with Stinchcomb after deciding the price to move up is too steep.

In the third round, the Dolphins will grab a wide receiver, and Boldin might still be available at that spot and it could be someone like Utah State's Kevin Curtis.

Trying to predict names for second-day picks is almost impossible to the point of being ridiculous, but we will tell you the Dolphins definitely will draft a safety at some point, they will draft a linebacker, they probably will take a tight end, and they also probably will add another young cornerback.

Don't be surprised if the Dolphins also spend a late pick on a punter to come in and join NFL Europe player Kevin Stemke to challenge veteran Mark Royals.


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