Countdown: The Most Valuable Dolphins, 31-40

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 31-40.

40. LB A.J. EDDS — The Dolphins had their issues at inside linebacker last season, particularly in coverage, and that's where Edds can really help. He had five picks last season at Iowa, which is an incredible number for a linebacker. Edds is a super smart guy who might be a better athlete than he's been given credit for.

39. DE PHILLIP MERLING — As the 32nd overall pick (remember, New England had forfeited its No. 1 because of Spygate), Merling pretty much was the equivalent of a first-round choice. Sadly, he hasn't played anywhere near that level and time might be running out on him, particularly in light of the legal issues he's facing.

38. QB TYLER THIGPEN — Thigpen is an interesting player because he flashes impressive skills at times, but then tries to force something and makes a big mistake. The bottom line is he looks like someone who can be a serviceable backup.

37. G/C JOE BERGER — Berger is one of those many guys the Dolphins have who can play guard or center. That kind of versatility should keep him on the team even if he doesn't start.

36. LB QUENTIN MOSES — This might seem awfully high for a player who has done little since joining the Dolphins. But Moses showed flashes late last season and he's got a legitimate chance to win the starting strongside linebacker job this summer.

35. LS JOHN DENNEY — The fact that fans hardly know this guy exists is good news, given his job description. The Dolphins have recognized the fact Denney is good at what he does, signing him to a contract extension in the offseason.

34. RB PATRICK COBBS — Mr. Versatility is back after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. If he's fully recovered, once again expect him to fill a lot of different roles.

33. FB LOUSAKA POLITE — Polite plays an unheralded position, but he found a way to make himself relevant last year to becoming such a force on third-and-short and fourth-and-short. He's also a solid blocker.

32. S TYRONE CULVER — This ranking is too high for him based on production alone, but because he might wind up starting at free safety we'll put him up there anyway. Culver does have ability, he needs to be more consistent.

31. TE ANTHONY FASANO — Fasano followed a great 2008 season with a disappointing 2009 effort, so it will be interesting to see which one shows up in 2010. If he can become reliable again, he can make the Dolphins offense that much better.


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