2006 Draft Preview: Defensive 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 defensive end position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

This could be one of the Dolphins' deepest positions, thanks to Jason Taylor, Kevin Carter, David Bowens, Matt Roth and Vonnie Holliday, who also sometimes is listed as a defensive tackle. If anything is missing, it's another guy like Jason Taylor, who can line up as an outside linebacker when the Dolphins use the 3-4.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Matt Roth, Round 2, 2005

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

Nick Saban mentioned in his pre-draft press conference that he's looking to add to the team's front seven, pointing out the ability to "affect the quarterback." As mentioned before, the biggest priority would be an outside linebacker. The Dolphins already have two quality 3-4 ends in Carter and Holliday, although age will become a factor with either at some point. If the Dolphins go with a defensive end at No. 16, which we don't think is likely, the two names at that spot would be Kamerion Wimbley of Florida State and Manny Lawson of N.C. State. Both are speed rushers who project as 4-3 ends and perhaps 3-4 outside linebackers. Names to remember for later rounds include Parys Haralson of Tennessee, Charles Bennett of Clemson and Purdue's Rob Ninkovich, who the Dolphins brought in for a visit on April 12.


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