Countdown: The Most Valuable Dolphins, 51-60

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 this installment, we take a look at numbers 51 to 60.

60. G/C ANDY ALLEMAN — Alleman is a former third-round pick of the Saints who was let go before the start of last season and quickly picked up by the Dolphins. He has ability and versatility, but he didn't take part in the offseason because of a back problem.

59. T ANDREW GARDNER — Because the contact doesn't start until training camp, we don't quite know yet what the Dolphins have in Gardner, but the sixth-round pick was a four-year starter at Georgia Tech, so he obviously has some ability.

58. P BRANDON FIELDS — Unless a punter is special (see Shane Lechler or Mike Scifres), it's difficult for one to make a difference. Fields has a big leg, but needs to become more consistent.

57. WR ERNEST WILFORD — Yes, this is awfully low for a guy who was one of the team's biggest offseason acquisitions last year, but Wilford did nothing in his first year in Miami. Now, the Dolphins are trying to see if he can play tight end or H-back. Not good.

56. CB JOEY THOMAS — Thomas has some experience as an NFL cornerback, and he deserves kudos for bouncing back in last year's St. Louis game after a horrible start. His ability to contribute on special teams might help him make the team, but he'll have to show something in camp.

55. OLB QUENTIN MOSES — It appears unlikely that Moses ever will fulfill the promise he showed in his junior season at the University of Georgia, but he remains a good athlete with pass-rushing ability. His biggest problem is that the Dolphins have a lot of young, athletic outside linebackers on the roster.

54. DE TONY McDANIEL — This is based more on potential than anything else because McDaniel has battled injuries through most of his brief NFL career. But Jacksonville thought enough of him at this time last year to sign him to a contract extension after trading stud defensive tackle Marcus Stroud to Buffalo. McDaniel was a DT in Jacksonville but will line up at DE for the Dolphins.

53. DE RODRIQUE WRIGHT — It's entirely possible that one of the last spot on the 53-man roster could come down to either McDaniel or Wright, the former seventh-round pick who has often flashes potential in the preseason but has yet to make an impact in the regular season.

52. CB JASON ALLEN — This could be a make-or-break season for the former first-round pick who has bounced around safety and cornerback since joining the Dolphins. He's at cornerback now, and he also can help on special teams, but there's no guarantee he'll even make the team.

51. WR ANTHONY ARMSTRONG — This might be a tad high for a guy who was on the practice squad last season, but he's got a lot of speed and he really looked good in the offseason practices that were open to the media. He's a dark horse to make the team at wide receiver.


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