Left Tackle Already Here

Coach Cam Cameron said Saturday night the Dolphins weren't shopping for tackles in this draft because he already felt "good" about the position. And the reason he feels good is his belief that Vernon Carey will be able to make the switch from right to left tackle.

"Vernon Carey is going to come into the next minicamp as the left tackle," Cameron said. "The young man has a lot of ability."

Carey has played at right tackle since joining the Dolphins as their first-round pick in 2004, but the Dolphins apparently feel confident he has the athletic ability to get the job done on the left side.

After an up-and-down first season, Carey has really come on strong the last couple of years and he might have been the team's best offensive lineman last year.

With Carey moving from right to left tackle, the logical candidate to replace Carey on the right side would be third-year player Anthony Alabi, although veteran Mike Rosenthal also could be a possibility.

Cameron insisted that heading into the draft the Dolphins' target along the offensive line was guys who could play both guard and center, which is what they got in second-round pick Samson Satele from Hawaii.


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