2006 Draft Preview: Defensive tackles

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 defensive tackle position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

The Dolphins list seven defensive tackles on their current roster, which would seem like a lot of bodies, but there really are two different kinds. There's the run-plugger who is most like a nose tackle, and the only guys like that on the roster are veteran Keith Traylor and youngster Howard Green. The other tackles on the roster are more like 3-4 ends who line up at tackle in the 4-3. Those guys include Vonnie Holliday, Jeff Zgonina, Josh Shaw and youngsters Manuel Wright and Kevin Vickerson.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Kevin Vickerson, Round 7, 2005

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

The Dolphins hosted veteran free agents Sam Adams, Ron Edwards and Lional Dalton in the offseason, so it's pretty obvious they're in the market for a big run stuffer to take some pressure off Traylor, who remains very effective but wears down more easily after 16 seasons in the NFL. That said, the Dolphins might not have anybody on the roster capable of filling that role because the only other DTs with the weight to handle the job are Wright, who is young and unproven, and Green, who is ... well ... green. That's the type of defensive tackle the Dolphins would draft if they picked one this year. It's not likely to happen at No. 16 in the first round because there's no one good enough to justify that spot. On talent alone, Michigan's Gabe Watson would merit that spot but there are too many questions about his intensity. Other big bodies who could interest the Dolphins in the third or fourth round would be Tennessee's Jesse Mahelona, Louisville's Montavious Stanley and Michigan State's Domata Peko.

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