2006 Draft Recap

Now that the 2006 draft is over, it's time to look back and examine just how well the Dolphins did over the weekend.

Best value pick: Not even close. You have to go with seventh-round pick Rodrique Wright, who has first-round ability but has a shoulder injury, which may have affected his performance in 2005. That performance, incidentally, was mediocre enough to drop his stock even before word of his injury but not bad enough to prevent him from being selected as a consensus All-American. Go figure.

Most intriguing pick: Fourth-round pick Joe Toledo joins an offensive line that already was crowded. Tells you the Dolphins saw something in him they really liked.

Most likely to succeed: That would be rather obvious given his first-round status, but Jason Allen really is a good football player. He will be the Dolphins' best defensive back by the middle of next season.

Unfinished business: The Dolphins didn't address their need for a run-plugging nose tackle, which Nick Saban would have liked to do with Haloti Ngata, or a backup running back or an outside linebacker.

Quick pick-by-pick analysis

Round 1, DB Jason Allen: The only question here was the hip, which the Dolphins, Allen and Allen's agent say is fine. The guy can play.

Round 3, WR Derek Hagan: Not a terribly impressive practice or workout player, which is why he fell to the third round. But he was highly productive in college and will see plenty of action as a rookie.

Round 4, T Joe Toledo: We have to admit to not being crazy about this pick because the Dolphins already have enough bodies on the O-line. Still, Toledo has some upside.

Round 7a, DT Fred Evans: Very good athlete from a small school, but he'll need to get a lot stronger or his NFL career will be very short.

Round 7b, DT Rodrique Wright: This is the stud pick. I watched him closely during the Rose Bowl because he was a high-profile guy and was totally unimpressed. But then again, if indeed he was playing with a torn rotator cuff -- as his agent has suggested -- that would explain it. This guy won't do much as a rookie, but in time he could become one of the biggest steals of this entire draft.

Round 7c, WR Devin Aromashodu: A lot better athlete than he is a receiver, Aromashodu could help out as a kickoff return, if nothing else.

Overall grade: It was difficult for the Dolphins to get all that much accomplished because they only had three picks before the seventh round, but you also have to factor in the second-round pick brought Daunte Culpepper. That makes this draft a success right away. Not counting it, you'd probably have to go with a C-plus.

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