19. ILB CHANNING CROWDER — This could be a big season for Crowder, who might face a challenge for his starting job from newcomer Tim Dobbins. Crowder seemingly has all the ability in the world to become a playmaker on defense and the time has come for him to do it.
18. WR BRIAN HARTLINE — Hartline was a revelation as a rookie last year and we're thinking he's the front-runner to start opposite Brandon Marshall in 2010. Hartline is sure-handed and he's got more speed and big-play ability than either Camarillo or Bess.
17. OLB CHARLIE ANDERSON — This is Anderson's big chance, and he's got to make the most of it. He has flashed big-play ability whenever he's been on the field but has been a backup. Now, with Joey Porter gone, there is a vacancy at the weakside linebacker spot and Anderson is in the running for the job.
16. G RICHIE INCOGNITO — While not on par with the acquisitions of Karlos Dansby or Marshall, this could prove to be a great offseason pick-up for the Dolphins. Nobody has ever questioned Incognito's ability; it's just a matter of reining in his temper. Regardless, he should start at right guard and don't be shocked if he becomes the second-best lineman on the team behind Jake Long.
15. CB WILL ALLEN — Allen is coming off a torn ACL, which isn't necessarily good news for a 30-year-old cornerback. But he's a guy with a tremendous amout of savvy and one would think he'll be able to contribute to the defense in a big way this season, even if he's not able to regain his starting job from young studs Vontae Davis and Sean Smith.
14. DE KENDALL LANGFORD — The Dolphins defensive line is crucial to the success of the defense, but it's always going to be overshadowed because of the nature of the 3-4. That said, Langford takes over as the most accomplished end on the roster now that Randy Starks has moved to nose tackle. Langford has been very solid in his first two seasons, even though the numbers might not show it.
13. QB CHAD PENNINGTON — Yes, he's now a backup, but don't think for a second it won't be Pennington who gets the call should something happen to Chad Henne. And if that happens, the Dolphins can feel confident they'll be in good hands at the quarterback position.
12. LB CAMERON WAKE — Jason Taylor had some glowing things to say about Wake recently, and the guy's pass-rushing ability was pretty obvious last season. Sure, he's got his limitations in coverage and against the run, but turn this guy loose and he's liable to get 15 sacks. Bottom line, he's too good a pass rusher not to be given a lot of playing time — certainly more than last year.
11. T VERNON CAREY — The Dolphins have the foundation of a tremendous offensive line, and the reason is they're so good at the tackle position. Carey plays a supporting role to Jake Long, but he's rock solid on the right side. His value also is increased by the fact the Dolphins don't have a lot of depth at either tackle spot.