Countdown: The Most Valuable Dolphins, 21-30

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 21-30.

30. DT JASON FERGUSON — (Retired). Ferguson's value to the Dolphins would have been diminished because of his eight-game suspension and there was reason to wonder how much he could have provided over the last two months considering he was coming back from a serious quad injury.

29. S CHRIS CLEMONS — The fifth-round pick from the 2009 draft hasn't done much so far to justify being ranked this high, but again this goes back to the Dolphins having an opening at the free safety spot. Clemons probably is first in line to win the job.

28. LB TIM DOBBINS — Tony Sparano has spoken highly of this guy from the time he was acquired in the draft-day trade with San Diego, and for good reason. Dobbins started eight games for the Chargers in 2008 and could push Channing Crowder for a starting job. At the very least, he'll help the special teams.

27. G DONALD THOMAS — Thomas looked like a future star when he won a starting job as a rookie, but his career has yet to take off, mainly because of injuries. He still looks like someone with a lot of upside.

26. K DAN CARPENTER — Carpenter probably didn't deserve to make the Pro Bowl last season after San Diego's Nate Kaeding bowed out with an injury, but the fact remains Carpenter has been terrific for the Dolphins. The only thing remaining is continued improvement on his kickoffs.

25. C JAKE GROVE — Grove turned in a strong performance in his first year with the Dolphins in 2009 before he sustained an ankle injury. There's been rumblings he might have a fight on his hands to keep his starting job, but from this vantage point he still looks like clearly the best center on this team.

24. G JOHN JERRY — We begin a run of 2010 draft picks with the massive Jerry, who has the physical tools to someday become the second-best offensive lineman on this team behind Jake Long. The question is, how long will it take him to be ready to start?

23. DE JARED ODRICK — Odrick played a 4-3 at Penn State, but his skills are perfect for a 3-4 defensive end. It really would be a major disappointment if he didn't play a major role as a rookie.

22. LB KOA MISI — Misi was picked in the second round, after Odrick, but we ranked him higher because the Dolphins have more of a need at strongside linebacker right now than they do at defensive end. The truth, though, is that Misi must make the transition from college defensive end to NFL linebacker and it probably will be more difficult for him than Odrick to make a quick impact.

21. WR GREG CAMARILLO — Sometimes we get too hung up on a player's shortcomings and fail to appreciate what that player can do. That is the case with Camarillo, who lacks the speed necessary to ever become an elite wide receiver but who does nothing but produce and catch everything thrown in his direction.


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