2006 Draft Preview: Safeties

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 safety position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

The Dolphins brought in veterans Tebucky Jones and Lance Schulters to handle the starting assignments, but both are gone after just one year with the team. The Dolphins did add safety Deke Cooper and cornerback/safety Renaldo Hill as free agents this offseason, but the safety corps remains a rather nondescript unit. Cooper and Hill, if you count him as a safety, are joined by 2005 free agent pick-up Travares Tillman, Yeremiah Bell and young players Jack Hunt, Norman LeJeune and Siddeeq Shabazz.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: Yeremiah Bell, Round 6, 2003

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

It's pretty clear the Dolphins need an upgrade at safety, where at this point the projected starters probably would be Deke Cooper and Renaldo Hill. In fact, upgrade this position should be at or near the top of the list of priorities. The Dolphins really should add a safety on the first day, either in the first or third round, or perhaps the second if they do some wheeling and dealing and make a trade or two. As of right now, the Dolphins are picking 16h in the first round, which will be too late to get Texas blue-chip prospect Michael Huff and probably too early to draft someone like Ohio State's Donte Whitner or Tennessee's Jason Allen. So we'll look to the third round and keep an eye on someone like Syracuse's Anthony Smith or Florida State's Pat Watkins, provided they're still around at that time.

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