Likelihood of the Dolphins using a pick at the position: Very strong. The Dolphins need to protect themselves in case something happens to Ferguson because his backup last season, Paul Soliai, didn't get the job done. In fact, Soliai now is listed as a defensive end on the roster. This position will be addressed, and very well could be addressed early in the draft.
The top prospects: 1. B.J. Raji, Boston College; 2. Jeria Perry, Mississippi; 3. Evander "Ziggy" Hood, Missouri; 4. Ron Brace, Boston College; 5. Fili Moala, USC; 6. Sen'Derrick Marks, Auburn; 7. Vance Walker, Georgia Tech; 8. Dorell Scott, Clemson; 9. Corey Irvin, Georgia; 10. Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU.
Summary: The list of top prospects includes both prospects who project for a 3-4 defense and a 4-3. For the Dolphins' purposes, you can eliminate from consideration the No. 2 guy on the list, Jerry, who fits in a 4-3 system. In fact, the only prospects among the top 10 who look like prototypical nose tackles are the two BC guys, Raji and Brace and perhaps Scott. Others who could interest the Dolphins at nose tackle include Terrance Knighton from Temple and Chris Baker from Hampton by way of Penn State.
Sleepers: Vaughn Martin, Western Ontario; Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman