Who'll Take JT's Place?

Now that Jason Taylor has been traded, it's time to shift our attention to the Dolphins and their defense, most specifically the hole that was created by the trade of number 99 to the Washington Redskins. There's no shortage of candidates to fill Taylor's spot, even though it's clear none of them are -- at this time at least -- of quite the same caliber.

The Dolphins will play a 3-4 defense in 2008, which means that Taylor -- even though he was listed as a defensive end on the roster -- was going to be lining up at outside linebacker.

So who will replace him and line up opposite Joey Porter in the starting lineup?

The candidates include:

Charlie Anderson: Signed as an unrestricted free agent from Houston in the offseason, Anderson came to Miami having spent the early part of his career playing mostly special teams. But he's got the size and the physical skills to become a solid outside linebacker.

Quentin Moses: Two years ago, Moses was one of the hottest college prospects coming off a tremendous junior season at the University of Georgia. But after struggling as a senior, he became a third-round pick with Oakland, and then was waived by the Raiders and Cardinals before he hooked up with the Dolphins. The college defensive end worked at linebacker this offseason and he showed some of the athleticism that once had him high on the radar of many an NFL scout.

Reggie Torbor: Perhaps the favorite to win the job, Torbor came to the Dolphins after helping the Giants win the Super Bowl last season. He started down the stretch after Mathias Kiwanuka was injured and did a solid job for the Giants. While he's not as good a pass-rushing prospect as either Anderson or Moses, Torbor probably is more versatile in terms of his ability to cover and that might give him the edge.

Some observers eventually might throw out the possibility of Matt Roth lining up at outside linebacker, but we just don't see him after the foot speed required to play the position.

Barring the acquisition of a veteran before the start of the regular season, it's more than likely the starter will be Anderson, Moses or Torbor.

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