Draft Dark Horse?

The names of Brady Quinn, Levi Brown, Alan Branch and Ted Ginn Jr. have been those connected with the Dolphins and their first overall pick in the 2007 draft, but maybe it's not such a slam dunk that Miami's pick will be one of those four guys. One thing for sure, the Dolphins are going to be checking out a lot of other top prospects, starting with one guy with local ties.

On April 4, the Dolphins will have a private workout involving University of Miami tight end Greg Olsen, one of the stars at this year's scouting combine.

Olsen was seen as a borderline first-round prospect before he went to Indianapolis and ran under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. With that performance, Olsen not only leapfrogged Arizona State's Zach Miller as the No. 1 tight end in the draft, he also pushed himself into the middle of the first round -- maybe even higher.

The truth is it would be difficult to envision Olsen going as high as No. 9 in the first round because he simply didn't have the college career to justify that kind of slot, but one never knows.

Besides, who's to say the Dolphins aren't going to trade down a few spots in the first round and pick up Olsen later.

Already there's talk that both Buffalo (picking 12th) and Green Bay (16th) are eyeing Cal running back Marshawn Lynch. So let's say the Dolphins swap first-round spots with Green Bay so the Packers can take Lynch. The Dolphins only move down to 16th, which isn't a big deal because they have so many needs, pick up an additional pick or picks and then take Olsen.

The Dolphins are high on free agent acquisition David Martin, but the truth is he's never been an impact tight end in the NFL and there are some who think Olsen could become just that type of guy.

So just keep that scenario in mind.


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