Likelihood of the Dolphins using a pick at the position: Even with Holliday gone, the Dolphins have decent depth at the position thanks to their draft picks from last year. The Dolphins wouldn't pass on a great value at the position should one become available, but defensive end isn't a high priority heading into the draft.
The top prospects: 1. Brian Orakpo, Texas; 2. Everette Brown, Florida State; 3. Aaron Maybin, Penn State; 4. Tyson Jackson, LSU; 5. Robert Ayers, Tennessee; 6. Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State; 7. Paul Kruger, Utah; 8. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech; 11. David Veikune, Hawaii; 10. Lawrence Sidbury, Richmond
Summary: This group is loaded with speedy undersized pass rushers who could line up at outside linebacker in a 3-4 in the NFL. Some of those players include Orakpo, Brown, Maybin, Kruger, Johnson, Veikune and Sidbury. All of them could be attractive to the Dolphins, who are looking for a pass-rushing complement to Joey Porter. In terms of defensive end prospects who look like good fits for a 3-4, the two on the above list who really stand out are Jackson and Gilbert. For those not aware, Gilbert became a YouTube sensation with a video of him jumping clear out of a pool from the shallow end.