It was thought all along the Dolphins' top target in Saturday's draft was Arkansas offensive tackle Shawn Andrews. They weren't able to get him, but the need was filled nonetheless.

Vernon Carey represented a solid selection for the Dolphins, who entered the draft with a shaky right side of the offensive line.

The hope is that Carey can make a difference, whether it be at guard or tackle.

Carey was projected as both a guard or a tackle in the NFL depending on which team looked at him, but Coach Dave Wannstedt said Carey would begin his Dolphins career at right tackle.

He will be lining up against free agent pick-up John St. Clair to see who can win the starting job.

It's entirely possible the loser of that battle could wind up sliding inside to right guard, where the two current competitors are Taylor Whitley and Greg Jerman.

Any way this shakes out, the Dolphins need to strengthen their offensive line, and they have done that with Carey.

Giving up a fourth-round pick to make sure they got him was a small price to pay.

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