LINEBACKER IS FIRST PICK

The Dolphins surprised many observers when they made their first pick of the 2003 draft and selected Tennessee outside linebacker Eddie Moore.

Moore, a 6-foot, 235-pound prospect from Tennessee, was the sixth linebacker taken in the draft after Oregon State's Nick Barnett, Georgia's Boss Bailey, Maryland's E.J. Henderson, Hawaii's Pisa Tinoisamoa and South Florida's Kawika Mitchell.

It was also the highest the Dolphins have drafted a linebacker since they selected Marco Coleman 12th overall in 1992. Coleman, you may remember, eventually was switched to defensive end.

Moore was a second-team All-SEC selection last season when he recorded 101 tackles, including eight for loss, with three sacks and six passes broken up.

Moore did not work out at the scouting combine because he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. He also underwent shoulder surgery after his junior but says he's now 100 percent.


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