2006 Draft Preview: Cornerbacks

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 cornerback position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

There's not a whole lot of familiar faces left now that Sam Madison and Reggie Howard both have been let go. The Dolphins overhauled this position in the offseason by adding Will Allen from the Giants, Andre' Goodman from Detroit and Renaldo Hill, who could line up at cornerback or safety. Travis Daniels, a rookie starter in 2005, will be back and the Dolphins are hoping 2004 fourth-round pick Will Poole can bounce back from a torn ACL that forced him to sit out all of last season. Youngsters Art Thomas, Eddie Jackson and Shirdonya Mitchell round out the Dolphins' cornerback corps.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Travis Daniels, Round 4, 2005

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

Nick Saban has talked during the offseason about being happy to have been able to add some athleticism in the secondary, but the truth is that this unit is lacking a blue-chip player. Will Allen had his moments with the Giants, but he's not a stud and he's the closest thing the Dolphins have to that. That means the Dolphins would jump at the chance to land a blue-chip cornerback if one is available with the 16th overall pick. There are a lot of good cornerbacks in this draft, but not top 10 picks. The most physically gifted is Virginia Tech's Jimmy Williams, and there's a chance he could be there at 16 because he has turned off a lot of teams in the offseason with his attitude. So then the question would be whether Saban wants to take a chance on a talented, but perhaps selfish, player in the first round. Clemson's Tye Hill has been mentioned at times in connection with the Dolphins, but he's very short and doesn't fit the mold of a Saban cornerback. Other options could include Ohio State's Ashton Youboty or Florida State's Antonio Cromartie, who has all the physical tools but started only one game at Florida State and missed all of the 2005 season because of a knee injury. In Rounds 3 or 4, names to remember include Antonio Malone from Toledo and Josh Lay from Pitt, two guys who worked out for the Dolphins this spring.


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