2006 Draft Preview: Guards/centers

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 guard and center positions.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

Virtually nothing has changed since last season in the middle of the offensive line. Seth McKinney re-signed as an unrestricted free agent, rejoining the holdover cast of Rex Hadnot, Jeno James and youngsters C.J. Brooks and Joe Berger.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Rex Hadnot, Round 6, 2004

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

The Dolphins offensive line improved greatly through the course of the 2005 season, but even at the end it still wouldn't be confused with the great lines around the league. As with the tackle position, the Dolphins could use a stud around whom to build the line. Rex Hadnot has shown the potential to be that guy at times, but he also had a major problem with penalties early last season. Because of the nature of the position, it's not likely the Dolphins will spend a first-round pick on a guard unless they were to trade down to the last few picks of Round 1. In that event, perhaps someone like Oklahoma's Davin Joseph or Georgia's Max Jean-Gilles could be a possibility, even though that still might be a reach. The most likely scenario, should the Dolphins decide to bolster the interior of the line, would be a Round 3 or Round 4. Possibilities around those spots would include Minnesota center Greg Eslinger, Louisville guard/center Jason Spitz, Ohio State guard Rob Sims and USC guard Fred Matua.

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