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The Miami Dolphins need upgrades in almost every other area for a feeble offense and aging defense. The following are the most important needs our team has and the players we could add to the team through free agency and the draft to solve these needs.

Quarterback - How to go about addressing the uber-muddled QB scenario that the team is faced with heading into the 2007 campaign? Culpepper could be the QB this season, but he has to keep healthy and smart in the field. Harrington is a victim of the Cap and his own inconsistency. Cleo could be a good back up, but I have not seen enough to think he is a future starter. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Jeff Garcia, PHI
2 Damon Huard, KC
3 Matt Shaub RFA 3rd, ATL
4 Tim Rattay, TB
5 Kerry Collins, TEN


Draft prospects at this position:

1 JaMarcus Russell, LSU
2 Brady Quinn, ND
3 Chris Leak, FLA
4 Troy Smith, OSU
5 Kevin Kolb, UH
6 Drew Stanton, MSU
7 Jordan Palmer, UTEP
8 James Pinkney, East Carolina
9 Josh Beck, BYU
10 Trent Edwards, Standord
11 Jared Zabransky, BSU

Runningback - If Ricky Williams is not back, and Ronnie Brown cannot remain healthy, it would be better to find some help at the HB position. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Ahman Green, GB
2 Michael Turner RFA 5th, SD
3 Chris Brown, TEN
4 T.J. Duckett, WAS
5 Ron Dayne, HOU


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Adrian Peterson, OU
2 Marshawn Lynch, Cal
3 Michael Bush, Louisville
4 Kenny Irons, Auburn
5 Antonio Pittman, OSU

Wide Receivers - We need to upgrade our receiving corps. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Drew Bennett, TEN
2 Donte Stallworth, PHI
3 Ernest Wilford RFA 4th, JAC
4 Ashley Lelie, ATL
5 Travis Taylor, MIN


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
2 Dwayne Jarret, USC
3 Ted Ginn Jr, OSU
4 Dwayne Bowe, LSU
5 Sidney Rice, South Carolina

Offensive Tackle - This team cannot make the playoffs with Damion McIntosh playing left tackle. It just can't be done. A top-notch starter would do wonders. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Jon Stinchcomb, NO
2 Max Starks RFA 3rd, PIT
3 Sean Locklear RFA 3rd, SEA
4 Tony Pashos, BAL
5 Marc Colombo, DAL


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
2 Levi Brown, PSU
3 Joe Staley, Central Michigan
4 Arron Sears, Tennessee
5 Tony Ugoh, Arkansas

Offensive Guard - Miami's shaky at both guard spots, and needs to bring in some young players to at least compete and provide depth. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Kris Dielman, SD
2 Eric Steinbach, CIN
3 Jacob Bell RFA 5th, TEN
4 Jake Scott RFA 5th, IND
5 Andre Gurode, DAL


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Justin Blalock, Texas
2 Ben Grubbs, Auburn
3 Josh Beekman, BC
4 Marshal Yanda, Iowa
5 Manuel Ramirez, Texas Tech

Defensive Tackle - Keith Traylor and Vonnie Holiday (No Signing) are on the downside of their careers. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Ian Scott, CHI
2 Vonnie Holiday, MIA (Resign)
3 Bryant Young, SF
4 Cory Redding, TEN
5 Randy Starks RFA 3rd, TEN


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas
2 Gaines Adams, Clemson
3 Adam Carriker, Nebraska
4 Victor Abiamiri, ND
5 Quentin Moses, UGA

Outside Linebacker - Donnie Spragan is not a long-term solution. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Lance Briggs, CHI
2 Shaun Phillips RFA 4th, SD
3 Adalius Thomas, BAL
4 Cato June, IND
5 Landon Johnson RFA 3rd, CIN


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Paul Posluszny, PSU
2 Lawrence Timmons, FSU
3 Jon Beason, UM
4 Stewart Bradley, Nebraska
5 Earl Evertt, UF

Middle Linebacker - Zach Thomas has started to show his age, so Miami needs to find an eventual replacement. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 London Fletcher, BUF
2 Donnie Edwards, SD
3 Kawika Mitchell, KC
4 Chris Draft, CAR
5 Randall Godfrey, SD


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Patrick Willis, Ole Miss
2 Buster Davis, FSU
3 David Harris, Michigan
4 Brandon Siler, UF
5 H.B Blades, Pittsburgh

Safety - Spent last year's first round pick on oft-injured Jason Allen, but could use more talent at the other safety spot (and to back-up Allen in 2007). These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Ken Hamlin, SEA
2 Gibril Wilson RFA 5th, NYG
3 Michael Lewis, PHI
4 Deon Grant, JAC
5 Mike Doss, IND


Draft prospects at this position:

1 LaRon Landry, LSU
2 Reggie Nelson, UF
3 Michael Griffin, Texas
4 Eric Weddle, Utah
5 Brandon Meriweather, UM

Cornerback - Miami's corners have been routinely beat this season, and it's still unclear if they have anyone on the roster who can serviceably replace Sam Madison or Patrick Surtain. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Nate Clements, BUF
2 Asante Samuel, NE
3 Ricky Manning Jr., CHI
4 Tory James, CIN
5 Nick Harper, IND


Draft prospects at this position:

1 Leon Hall, Michigan
2 Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh
3 Marcus McCauley, Fresno St.
4 Aaron Ross, Texas
5 Daymeion Hughes, Cal

Kicker - Olindo Mare is old and average; Miami could be one of the few teams this year interested in taking a kicker in the middle rounds. These are the best available free agents at this position:

1 Josh Brown, SEA
2 Jay Feely, NYG
3 Josh Scobee, JAC
4 Rian Lindell, BUF
5 Lawrence Tynes, KC

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Mason Crosby, Colorado
2 Justin Medlock, UCLA
3 Nick Folk
4 Brandon Pace, VT
5 Jesse Ainsworth, Arizona St.
 

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Excellent thread, interesting you don't say who YOU would prefer in any of the spots. Would be interested in your opinions there. 5 stars for a well thought out thread.
 

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I agree, great thread, very helpul and informative. I can see you put a lot of work into it.
 

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question, why is Chris Leak in your top 5 QB prospects? he sucks, should be placed at the very bottom of your list
 

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"Ronnie brown can't remain healthy"

Where did this garbage come from? He broke his finger this year! thats not a 'nagging injury.' Thats not an injury that hangs around, nor one that usually happens every year. And he only missed one game his rookie season. This is one of my biggest pet peeves, people who question his durability.
 

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I will bold my favorite scenarios at each category:
Quarterback -

1 Jeff Garcia, PHI
2 Damon Huard, KC
3 Matt Shaub RFA 3rd, ATL
4 Tim Rattay, TB
5 Kerry Collins, TEN

Draft prospects at this position:

1 JaMarcus Russell, LSU
2 Brady Quinn, ND
3 Chris Leak, FLA
4 Troy Smith, OSU
5 Kevin Kolb, UH
6 Drew Stanton, MSU
7 Jordan Palmer, UTEP
8 James Pinkney, East Carolina
9 Josh Beck, BYU
10 Trent Edwards, Standord
11 Jared Zabransky, BSU

Runningback

1 Ahman Green, GB
2 Michael Turner RFA 5th, SD
3 Chris Brown, TEN
4 T.J. Duckett, WAS
5 Ron Dayne, HOU

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Adrian Peterson, OU
2 Marshawn Lynch, Cal
3 Michael Bush, Louisville
4 Kenny Irons, Auburn
5 Antonio Pittman, OSU

Wide Receivers

1 Drew Bennett, TEN
2 Donte Stallworth, PHI
3 Ernest Wilford RFA 4th, JAC
4 Ashley Lelie, ATL
5 Travis Taylor, MIN

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (but since he will be gone at 9)
2 Dwayne Jarret, USC
3 Ted Ginn Jr, OSU
4 Dwayne Bowe, LSU
5 Sidney Rice, South Carolina

Offensive Tackle

1 Jon Stinchcomb, NO
2 Max Starks RFA 3rd, PIT
3 Sean Locklear RFA 3rd, SEA
4 Tony Pashos, BAL
5 Marc Colombo, DAL

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
2 Levi Brown, PSU
3 Joe Staley, Central Michigan
4 Arron Sears, Tennessee
5 Tony Ugoh, Arkansas

Offensive Guard

1 Kris Dielman, SD
2 Eric Steinbach, CIN
3 Jacob Bell RFA 5th, TEN
4 Jake Scott RFA 5th, IND
5 Andre Gurode, DAL

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Justin Blalock, Texas
2 Ben Grubbs, Auburn
3 Josh Beekman, BC
4 Marshal Yanda, Iowa
5 Manuel Ramirez, Texas Tech

Defensive Tackle

1 Ian Scott, CHI
2 Vonnie Holiday, MIA (Resign)
3 Bryant Young, SF
4 Cory Redding, TEN
5 Randy Starks RFA 3rd, TEN

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas
2 Gaines Adams, Clemson
3 Adam Carriker, Nebraska
4 Victor Abiamiri, ND
5 Quentin Moses, UGA

Outside Linebacker

1 Lance Briggs, CHI
2 Shaun Phillips RFA 4th, SD
3 Adalius Thomas, BAL
4 Cato June, IND
5 Landon Johnson RFA 3rd, CIN

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Paul Posluszny, PSU
2 Lawrence Timmons, FSU
3 Jon Beason, UM
4 Stewart Bradley, Nebraska
5 Earl Evertt, UF

Middle Linebacker

1 London Fletcher, BUF
2 Donnie Edwards, SD
3 Kawika Mitchell, KC
4 Chris Draft, CAR
5 Randall Godfrey, SD

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Patrick Willis, Ole Miss
2 Buster Davis, FSU
3 David Harris, Michigan
4 Brandon Siler, UF
5 H.B Blades, Pittsburgh

Safety

1 Ken Hamlin, SEA
2 Gibril Wilson RFA 5th, NYG
3 Michael Lewis, PHI
4 Deon Grant, JAC
5 Mike Doss, IND

Draft prospects at this position:

1 LaRon Landry, LSU
2 Reggie Nelson, UF
3 Michael Griffin, Texas
4 Eric Weddle, Utah
5 Brandon Meriweather, UM

Cornerback

1 Nate Clements, BUF
2 Asante Samuel, NE
3 Ricky Manning Jr., CHI
4 Tory James, CIN
5 Nick Harper, IND

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Leon Hall, Michigan
2 Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh
3 Marcus McCauley, Fresno St.
4 Aaron Ross, Texas
5 Daymeion Hughes, Cal

Kicker

1 Josh Brown, SEA
2 Jay Feely, NYG
3 Josh Scobee, JAC
4 Rian Lindell, BUF
5 Lawrence Tynes, KC

Draft prospects at this position:

1 Mason Crosby, Colorado
2 Justin Medlock, UCLA
3 Nick Folk
4 Brandon Pace, VT
5 Jesse Ainsworth, Arizona St.
 

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The dolphins have a future replacement for Thomas already...Channing Crowder came up as a MLB, and i think when Thomas retires he will move back
 

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"Ronnie brown can't remain healthy"

Where did this garbage come from? He broke his finger this year! thats not a 'nagging injury.' Thats not an injury that hangs around, nor one that usually happens every year. And he only missed one game his rookie season. This is one of my biggest pet peeves, people who question his durability.
He had a shoulder and ankle/knee injury in 2005. This year, he had a groin injury, and then his hand. Check it out:

http://foxsports.foxnews.com/nfl/playerInjuries?categoryId=300051
 

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Real good post. However, I would consider center to be one of our biggest needs, it would have been nice if you included that. Also, why isn't Derrick Dockery on the guards list, did Washington recently re-sign him? I'd love to bring him in if we can't get Dielman or Steinbach.
 

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Nice thread, but the comment about Zach Thomas showing his age is ridiculous; he led the league in tackles; AGAIN!!
 

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Yeah, if we dont get quinn, i think we take garrett or ginn, and then stanton in round 2. Stanton will surprise alot of people, he may be as good, or even better than russell and quinn once its all said and done.
 

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Yeah, if we dont get quinn, i think we take garrett or ginn, and then stanton in round 2. Stanton will surprise alot of people, he may be as good, or even better than russell and quinn once its all said and done.

I like him but he's too inconsistent, he has alot of work to do. needs at least 2-3 years on the bench, unlike Quinn who could start right away. Russel needs almost as much work as Stanton does though
 

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Excellent thread, interesting you don't say who YOU would prefer in any of the spots. Would be interested in your opinions there. 5 stars for a well thought out thread.

i agree wit u, but the only problem i have wit this is donnie edwards replacein thomas, he is much older then thomas
 

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I like him but he's too inconsistent, he has alot of work to do. needs at least 2-3 years on the bench, unlike Quinn who could start right away. Russel needs almost as much work as Stanton does though

What has quinn done to prove that? Every big game he has played in he has failed. He buckles under pressure, and gets that deer in headlights look about him, that worries me. YOu would be surprised with stanton my man.
 
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