Countdown: The Most Valuable Dolphins, 41-50

With the start of training camp 2010 fast approaching, we set the stage by ranking the 80 players on the Dolphins roster. 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 41-50.

50. RB LEX HILLIARD — It was a bit of a surprise that Hilliard made the 53-man roster last year because of the presence of Ronnie, Ricky and Patrick Cobbs on the roster, but Hilliard justified his presence in spot duty last year. Hilliard is a tough back who can get extra yards; he just lacks the explosiveness to reach elite status.

49. QB PAT WHITE — This ranking is based on potential and certainly not on what White showed last year. Dolphins coaches and players have been highly complimentary of White's work in the offseason, but keep in mind the same thing was said about Ted Ginn Jr. last year. We still want to see White do it in a game.

48. WR RYAN GRICE-MULLEN — The first four spots in the receiving corps appear to be set with Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline, but Grice-Mullen could be the front-runner for the fifth spot. He played with Bess at Hawaii and put up similar numbers, which tells you he knows how to get open. He also has kick return ability.

47. S RESHAD JONES — Jones might have been one of the most intriguing draft picks this year because he was expected to go earlier and because he plays a position where there's no clear starter. With a strong camp and preseason, it's not even out of the question to think this guy could start as a rookie.

46. LB ERIK WALDEN — We've always liked Walden because he's very good on special teams and he always flashes pass-rushing potential on defense in the preseason. In short, he's a good guy to have on the team.

45. CB JASON ALLEN — OK, Jason Allen will never be a difference-maker on defense. That much is obvious by now, and it's also obvious he never should have been drafted in the first round. But what Allen most definitely is — and that can't be denied — is a very good special teams player. That should be enough to keep him on the team.

44. DT PAUL SOLIAI — Perhaps the most enigmatic and frustrating player on the team. You look at Soliai at times and he looks like he should dominate the line of scrimmage, yet he never seems to do it. He might be running out of chances.

43. CB NOLAN CARROLL — If he can stay healthy, Carroll will prove to be a steal as a fifth-round pick. He's got great speed, is a good athlete and he's also a high-character guy. That said, he probably won't contribute much as a rookie.

42. T NATE GARNER — Garner became somewhat of a folk hero last year when he lined up at four different spots along the offensive line in the Thursday night victory at Carolina. There is no doubt he's valuable because of his versatiliy. The question is whether he's good enough at any spot to put in the starting lineup.

41. TE JOEY HAYNOS — At 6-8, one can't help but get the feeling Haynos should be a bigger factor in the passing game because of the size mismatches he can provide. The truth is the guy remains a work in progress. For now, he's solid as a backup.


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