2006 Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

As the 2006 NFL draft gets closer, we present a complete preview, including the Dolphins' needs and possible picks, as well as the top prospects. We begin with a look at the quarterback position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

The biggest concern heading into the offseason was upgrading the No. 1 spot and that was accomplished with the acquisition of Daunte Culpepper. Of course, it's still uncertain exactly when Culpepper will be ready to go. And that brings some importance and urgency to the No. 2 spot, which remains open as of April 12. The Dolphins would like to get their hands on Joey Harrington, but they still have to work out a trade with Detroit or wait until the Lions release him. Other possibilities for the backup quarterback spot include veteran Jamie Martin and former Pittsburgh starter Tommy Maddox, neither of whom would represent that much of an upgrade over 2005 backup Sage Rosenfels. Cleo Lemon, acquired from San Diego last year, has some potential, but he's still too raw to be counted on as more than the No. 3 guy. Former University of Miami starter Brock Berlin is back for a second go-around, but he's probably not going to stick around.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Josh Heupel, Oklahoma, 2001, Round 6

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

Given that the Dolphins gave up a second-round pick for Culpepper, it's difficult to see them spending anything other than a late-round pick on a quarterback. That said, Nick Saban has said he would like to have a young quarterback on hand to develop, although that could possibly mean Lemon or a draft pick. We're thinking if the Dolphins stay with three seventh-round picks, one of those very well could be spent on a quarterback project, and some of the candidates there would include Erik Meyer from Eastern Washington, Barrick Nealy from Texas State or Linfield's Brett Elliott, who started ahead of Alex Smith at Utah before he was injured.

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