Dolphins Countdown: The Most Valuable Players

With the start of training camp 2009 fast approaching, we set the stage by ranking the 82 players on the roster (the roster limit is 80 players under contract, so unsigned draft picks don't count). The countdown is based as much on value to the team as it is on ability. In the first installment, we take a look at numbers 71 to 82.

82. WR CHRIS WILLIAMS — The diminutive wideout was highly productive at New Mexico State, earning All-American honors twice, but he looks like he's got absolute no shot at making the roster at a position where the Dolphins have a lot of young talented.

81. DE RYAN BAKER — Like Williams, Baker was signed as a rookie free agent after the draft. Also like Williams, he finds himself facing very long odds to make the team at the position where there are just too many worthy candidates ahead of him.

80. T SIRVINCENT ROGERS — Same story as Williams Baker. Signed as a rookie free agent. The Dolphins don't appear to have a lot of openings on the offensive line, and sixth-round pick Andrew Gardner and second-year player Nate Garner clearly rank above Rogers.

79. G MARK LEWIS — Lewis wasn't considered a great prospect after a solid, not great, career at Oregon, and he might have been fortunate just to get to experience NFL life after being signed as a rookie free agent.

78. WR BRENNAN MARION — Marion averaged a ridiculous 31.9 yards per catch at Tulsa as a junior in 2007, but he's also trying to come back from a major knee injury, which pretty much has wiped away any chance he might have had to make the roster. He's somewhat he might have a shot in the future, but not this year.

77. RB ANTHONY KIMBLE — Kimble is a versatile athlete who perhaps might have had a shot on a different team, but clearly won't make this roster with Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and Patrick Cobbs already around.

76. FB CHRIS BROWN — Brown was signed after spending time on the practice squad last season, but he's got no shot at making the roster as long as Lousaka Polite is around.

75. ILB ORION MARTIN — A defensive end in college, Martin is being asked to make the transition to inside linebacker in the 3-4. It's a lot to ask for a prospect who went undrafted.

74. G J.D. QUINN — A checkered past contributed as much as anything else to Quinn not getting drafted, but he's still not likely to be able to earn a roster spot at a position where the Dolphins have a lot of bodies.

73. RB LEX HILLIARD — A sixth-round draft pick last year, Hilliard didn't make the roster last summer and spent the season on the practice squad. He has some ability and some flebility with his ability to take snaps at fullback, but he's not beating out any of the guys in front of him.

72. TE JARED BRONSON — Bronson was a good-looking prospect coming out of Division I-AA Central Washington, but coming in the same year as another tight end who was drafted (John Nalbone) is going to make his path to the roster even more difficult.

71. CB WILL BILLINGSLEY — Billingsley is a raw but athletic cornerback who was in camp last year before spending time on the practice squad. It's difficult to envision him showing enough in camp to beat out any of the more established cornerbacks on the roster.


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