On the Dolphins' radar

In the final week leading up to the NFL draft, we offer a list -- as compiled by Scout.com -- of players who either visited or worked out for the Dolphins. This is the first of a four-part series.

Player: VINCE YOUNG

Position: Quarterback

School: Texas

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A pressure player who performs brilliantly when the game's on the line. ... Needs a tremendous amount of work from the ground up, yet a perfect choice for a franchise building for the future rather than a team expecting immediate results."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Very unlikely. Young, despite all the negative talk in the offseason, still is expected to be a top 10 pick and we just can't see the Dolphins trading up to get that high.

Player: OMAR JACOBS

Position: Quarterback

School: Bowling Green

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Far from polished, he has the physical skills to play in the NFL but must learn a pro-style offense."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Jacobs is expected to be selected around the third or fourth round, but we're thinking the Dolphins will have better options to fill bigger needs around that area of the draft.

Player: QUADTRINE HILL

Position: Fullback

School: Miami

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Lacking the size and strength to be a true lead blocker, Hill's pass-catching abilities will get him consideration on a West Coast offense."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Hill is a marginal prospect at best, and the Dolphins don't feature a West Coast offense. So make this very, very unlikely.

Player: CHAD JACKSON

Position: Wide receiver

School: Florida

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A terrific prospect with an ever-improving game, Jackson showed signs of dominance as a junior, then went on to have an outstanding combine."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: The Dolphins will only have one shot at Jackson, that being in the first round. It seems defense is the priority at this point, but they gladly would take Jackson if there weren't a defensive player worthy of their drafting position.

Player: SANTONIO HOLMES

Position: Wide receiver

School: Ohio State

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Though not explosively fast or very large, Holmes is a solid football player who finds a way to produce. Should flourish as a second receiver in the NFL "

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: The same applies as for Jackson, even though Holmes probably has been surpassed by Jackson as the No. 1 receiver in the draft. So if the Dolphins decided to go with a wide receiver in the first round and had the choice of the two, they'd likely go with Jackson.

Player: SINORICE MOSS

Position: Wide receiver

School: Miami

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A potential second wideout at the next level and would enhance his value to a team returning punts/kicks."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Moss will get drafted either late in the first round or early in the second, which means he's out of the Dolphins' range unless they make a trade. That's possible, but it's still a long shot they would go after Moss.

Player: DEVIN AROMASHODU

Position: Wide receiver

School: Auburn

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Aromashodu projects as a third receiver for a vertical offense. Needs to fine-tune his game and work harder to reach the level of expectation NFL scouts have for him."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: This is the type of guy the Dolphins could take a flyer on in, say, the fourth round. The Dolphins definitely have a vertical offense and they clearly need help at wide receiver.

Player: JOSH HUSTON

Position: Kicker

School: Ohio State

Dolphin Digest Player analysis: "Among the better kicking prospects in the draft, Huston is very accurate from short and medium range and also has done good work on kickoffs."

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: It's been well publicized this offseason that the Dolphins have tried to restructure Olindo Mare's contract, and published reports suggested the kicker was balking at the request. The truth is Mare makes a lot of money for a kicker, and we're getting the feeling his job security might not be that great. Do not be surprised to see the Dolphins spend one of their three seventh-round picks on a kicker, and Huston just might be the guy.


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