As the weekend of April 24-25 approaches, we preview the 2004 NFL draft with a series examining the top prospects at each position, how the Dolphins stands at each position and what the Dolphins might do at each position. We continue our series with a look at the tight ends.

The top prospects

The University of Miami might have been known as Quarterback U. for a while, but it has become incredible at producing top-notch tight end prospects in the last decade. The latest is Kellen Winslow II, who is head and shoulders above anybody else at the position this year. Winslow, who followed Bubba Franks and Jeremy Shockey at Miami, leads a group of tight end prospects that is very top-heavy. Ben Troupe of Florida and Ben Watson of Georgia also are considered potential first-round picks, but there isn't a whole to get excited about after those three guys. One interesting prospect is Arkansas' Jason Peters, who stands 6-5 and about 310 pounds and very well might find himself being switched to the offensive line in the NFL.

The Dolphins situation

This is one of the Dolphins' most solid positions. The Dolphins have a potential Pro Bowler in starter Randy McMichael, a promising backup in second-year player Donald Lee, a very good blocking in veteran John Jones (a recent free agent acquisition), not to mention long-snapping specialist Ed Perry.

What the Dolphins might do

The recent signing of Jones from the Baltimore Ravens left the Dolphins in the position of not having to do anything else at tight end. After using draft picks on McMichael and Lee the last two years, it would be a pretty big surprise if the Dolphins drafted a tight end at any point in this year's draft.

Next up: The offensive linemen.

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