But the foundation of any great football team has to be the offensive and defensive lines. Say all you want about Tom Brady, but the Patriots have been so successful in recent years because their offensive line and defensive line have been so good.
Now, it's not necessary to have high picks to build a strong offensive line, but it sure doesn't hurt.
That brings us to the Merling pick.
Most observers expected him to be a first-round pick, with Pittsburgh at No. 23 considered a possible destination.
There was talk that the fact he had sports hernia surgery in early March contributed to his slide, but the Steelers probably would have taken him had it not been for the availability of Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall, who filled a major need for them.
The Dolphins really needed another big body up front with the combination of pass-rushing ability and run-stopping toughness, and Merling should fit the bill.
Free agent acquisition Randy Starks really was the only other D-lineman on the team who could have fit the bill, but Merling looks like a more complete player.
It was just a smart move, clearly in the short run and probably in the long run as well.