The Next Pick

When the draft resumes on Sunday, it once again will be the Dolphins holding the first pick. But unlike Saturday, we won't know in advance who they will pick. We can, however, offer a look at the possibilities based on the team's needs and best prospects still available.

Quarterback: After taking Chad Henne in the second round, it's likely the Dolphins are done at that position.

Running back: This one could be interesting. The trade of Lorenzo Booker to Philadelphia leaves the Dolphins will little depth behind Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. And we all know that it's probably not wise to totally depend on Ricky for too long. The best prospects left: Jamaal Charles, Texas; Kevin Smith, UCF; Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech.

Wide receiver: The Dolphins added Ernest Wilford, Tab Perry and David Kircus in the offseason, but it's obvious they still could use more help here. The best prospects left: Andre Caldwell, Florida; Mario Manningham, Michigan; Early Doucet, LSU; Harry Douglas, Louisville.

Tight end: The acquisition of Anthony Fasano in a trade probably took care of that.

Tackle: Even after drafting Jake Long first overall, the Dolphins still have little depth at this position. The best prospects left: Carl Nicks, Nebraska; Anthony Collins, Kansas; Brandon Keith, Northern Iowa.

Guard: The Dolphins clearly are in the market for someone who could challenge for the starting job at left guard. The best prospects left: John Greco, Toledo; Mike McGlynn, Pittsburgh; Oniel Cousins, UTEP.

Center: The Dolphins are pretty set here with Samson Satele, although the possibility of drafting a center and moving Satele to guard does exist. The best prospects left: Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green; Steve Justice, Wake Forest.

Nose tackle: The Dolphins clearly could use a young player here to develop as Jason Ferguson's eventual successor. The best prospects left: Marcus Harrison, Arkansas; Frank Okam, Texas.

Defensive end: The drafting of Phillip Merling at the top of the second round probably takes care of that position for the time being.

Outside linebacker: The acquisition of Akin Ayodele in a trade added to the depth inside and shoud allow Reggie Torbor to play at his most natural spot outside. The Dolphins also have Joey Porter and still have Jason Taylor (at least for the time being). This is not a high-priority area at this point. The best prospects left: Dan Connor, Penn State; Shawn Crable, Michigan; Tavares Gooden, Miami (Fla.).

Inside linebacker: Ayodele and Channing Crowder probably will be the starter, but the Dolphins still could use more help here. The best prospects left: Beau Bell, UNLV; Erin Henderson, Maryland.

Safety: The Dolphins have too many bodies at this position to spend a draft pick there.

Cornerback: The Dolphins have three decent players in Andre Goodman, Will Allen and Michael Lehan, but lack that shut-down guy. The best prospects left: Tyvon Branch, UConn; Justin King, Penn State; Orlando Scandrick, Boise State; Charles Godfrey, Iowa.

THE VERDICT

So who will the Dolphins take with the 64th overall pick, the first selection of the third round? Here are our five best guesses:

1. CB Justin King, Penn State

2. WR Andre Caldwell, Florida

3. DT Marcus Harrison, Arkansas

4. G John Greco, Toledo

5. RB Jamaal Charles, Texas


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