Reviewing the Draft: Miami Dolphins

Even before the loss of Todd Wade in free agency the Miami Dolphins had big problems on the offensive line, hence their draft strategy focused on rebuilding that. In the middle of the process Miami was able to add a promising young cornerback to an already talented secondary. Here's a look at the Dolphins draft.

The Dolphins started off the day by immediately moving up one spot in the first round to get offensive lineman Vernon Carey. Carey gives the Dolphins a punishing presence at right tackle and has the ability to slide inside to guard should the team need him there. Since Carey played better at tackle as a junior in college and it is highly unlikely that he will be asked to move inside especially considering the Dolphins needs. Miami, who had traded away their second and fourth round picks, moved out of the third frame and possibly added one of the drafts best values at the top of round four. 

Will Poole ran slower than expected prior to the draft and has had serious off-the-field troubles several times throughout his career but he is undeniably one of the drafts best cover cornerback's. With three established veterans ahead of Poole on the depth chart it is likely that he will be afforded time to mature before the team counts on him for anything other than spot duty and special teams play. 

Keeping with a special teams theme Miami later selected Tony Bua and Derrick Pope. Both played linebacker in college, though the former projects to safety in the NFL. While neither is ever likely to stake a permanent place as a starter in the line-up both have a chance to excel on special teams. 

The second offensive linemen the Dolphins selected was Rex Hadnot a unheralded center from Houston that could cause a stir in training camp. 

Miami's next pick sparked some attention. Tony Pape was wrongly considered a first day selection by many scouts heading into the season. While Pape's ability was somewhat overestimated he is undeniably a great value in the seventh round. Pape is a solid technician that does not have the foot speed to play left tackle yet projects well as an offensive guard at the next level.

While the Dolphins filled holes along the offensive line and continued to add young talent to their defense they ignored the wide receiver position, a primary need for the team. Yet at the same time Miami was aggressive, trading several times throughout the draft. For the Dolphins this draft could be remembered as the final piece to get them over the hump and fill needs. Otherwise it could be the end of Dave Wandstedt's career as Miami's head coach.

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