2006 Draft Preview: Tight ends

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 continue with a look at the tight end position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

The Dolphins are set at this position for a while after signing Randy McMichael to a contract extension last season. McMichael is among the top five tight ends in the AFC and is not far below the Pro Bowl plateau. Free agent Justin Peelle was signed as a free agent in the offseason in the hope he could help improve the blocking at the position. Also on the roster are second-year player Alex Holmes, as well as Jason Rader and former Oakland second-round pick Teyo Johnson. Johnson is a 6-7 player who was a wideout at Stanford before the Raiders moved him to tight end. He obviously has skills, but hasn't done much so far in his NFL career.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Donald Lee, Round 5, 2003

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

The Dolphins clearly could use another quality tight end to help bolster their depth at the position, but there are a lot more significant areas at a lot of different places to envision the Dolphins using a 2006 pick on a tight end. The expectation is that it would take an unusual occurrence for the Dolphins to draft a tight end this year, such as a prospect at that position being rated much higher than anybody else on the board at any position when Miami's pick arrives. But don't count on it.

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