How They Fit In

It's pretty obvious to see how new cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith fit on the Dolphins, but what about the three offensive players who were drafted in the first four rounds — Pat White, Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline?

GM Jeff Ireland said after the first day of the draft that White was coming in as a quarterback, but that he would also take snaps in the Wildcat formation.

The big question at this point is whether White will see action at wide receiver or in the slot when Chad Pennington is taking the snaps at quarterback.

And how does White's arrival affect John Beck's status on the team. ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen suggested that Beck might now be on the trading block, but the truth is Beck pretty much has been persona non grata in Miami since last summer and he would have been gone by now had any team come forth with a reasonable trade offer.

Even if no team offers anything in terms of a draft pick, it's difficult to envision the Dolphins carrying Beck on the roster along with Pennington, Chad Henne and White, even if you want count White as a wide receiver.

Speaking of that position, the additions of Turner and Hartline give the Dolphins nine wide receivers on the roster, not including White. The other seven are Brandon London, Greg Camarillo, Anthony Armstrong, Davone Bess, Ernest Wilford, Todd Lowber and Ted Ginn Jr.

The one thing that stands out about the additions of Turner and Hartline is that both are possessions receivers, and the Dolphins already had plenty of those guys on the roster with Camarillo, Bess and Wilford.

When it comes time to paring down the roster, the Dolphins will be keeping five, at most six wide receivers.

At this time, one expects Ginn, Bess and Camarillo to be three locks to make the roster, and the coaching staff is high on London.

That leaves one or two spots, and we're not including White because the feeling here is the Dolphins will just carry him as a quarterback.

For those last two spots at wide receiver, that means the competition will be between the two draft picks as well as Wilford, Armstrong and Lowber. One would think Turner almost is a lock to make the team as a third-round pick, and Hartline probably will have a good shot as well as a fourth-round choice.

That doesn't bode well for Wilford unless he wows the Dolphins in training camp and the preseason.

Going back to Turner and Hartline, we certainly would expect Turner to be used near the goal line so the Dolphins can take advantage of his size, something they didn't do last season with Wilford.

Hartline, meanwhile, figures to get his playing time mostly on special teams, although there's no guarantee he won't be a regular on the inactive list even if he makes the roster.

The additions of Turner and Hartline certainly could be viewed as overkill because neither possesses a skill set that's a lot different than what the Dolphins already have, outside of Turner's great size.

That doesn't mean they couldn't help the offense if they pan out, though.


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