CAREY GETS THE CALL

The Dolphins filled their biggest need in the first round of the draft when they selected University of Miami offensive lineman Vernon Carey. The Dolphins made Carey the 19th overall selection after moving up one spot in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

To move up one spot, the Dolphins gave Minnesota their fourth-round pick. That leaves Miami with only its third-round pick in the first five rounds.

Carey, who played both guard and tackle at UM, was the fifth of six Hurricanes player selected in the first round.

Carey was a starter the last two seasons at Miami. He played at right tackle in 2002 and started at left guard in 2003, earning third-team All-American honors from The Associated Press.

A 6-4, 335-pound lineman, Carey will fulfill a dream of playing for his hometown team.

Carey becomes the second offensive lineman selected on the first day in the last two years, following tackle Wade Smith last year.


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