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 linebackers.

The top prospects

Shocking, perhaps the top defensive tackle prospect comes from the University of Miami. It's that kind of draft. The prospect in question in Vince Wilfork, who has been compared to a poor man's version of Warren Sapp, except that he's bigger. The other top-notch defensive tackle available in the draft is Oklahoma's Tommie Harris. Wilfork and Harris are head and shoulders above every other defensive tackle prospects, and the next group includes Darnell Dockett from Florida State, Igor Olshansky from Oregon, Dion Edwards from Oregon State, Randy Starks from Maryland, Marcus Tubbs from Texas, Tim Anderson from Ohio State and Chad Lavalais from LSU. Of those, Tubbs could shoot up in the draft because he's an ideal nose tackle for teams playing a 3-4 defense, while Dockett has some risk involved but he also has tons of talent. At defensive end, the two top names are USC's Kenechi Udeze and Ohio State's Will Smith. There are a lot of good pass rushers available, among them Florida's Bobby McCray, Alabama's Antwan Odom, LSU's Marquise Hill and Hampton University's Isaac Hilton.

The Dolphins situation

The big question at this spot concerning the Dolphins is what's going to happen with defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. He's currently unsigned and says he has no intention of playing for the one-year tender he got as a restricted free agent. The Dolphins would entertain trade offers for him, but they'd still prefer keeping him. If Ogunleye returns, the Dolphins have a lot of depth along the defensive line, with Jason Taylor, Jay Williams, David Bowens and promising youngster Otis Grigsby at end, and Tim Bowens, Larry Chester, Jeff Zgonina at tackle.

What the Dolphins might do

Again, this will depend on Ogunleye. If the Dolphins think he won't be back, they might go for a defensive end fairly early in the draft. If Ogunleye is going to come back, the Dolphins might not do much besides perhaps adding a young defensive tackle on the second day of the draft.

Next up: The linebackers.

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