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On the Clock: Miami Dolphins (#25 Overall)

Needs: WR, DL, LB

   The Dolphins were one the surprise teams of 2008, winning 11 games and the AFC East division. The Dolphins are solid at every position on offense EXCEPT wide receiver. The starting receivers? Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Camarillo. Uh-uh, ain’t gonna cut it. On defense, the Dolphins could use help at defensive line. Matt Roth led all Dolphins defensive lineman with 5.0 sacks last year. Someone other than the linebackers need to put pressure on the QB.

Choice #1: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolinanorthcarolina_hakeem_nicks

   Nicks could be the big time receiver the Dolphins hoped Ted Ginn Jr. was two years ago. In 2008, Nicks grabbed 68 balls for a whopping 1,222 yards. That’s an 18.0 yards per catch average. Nicks also added 12 receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown in 2008. One slight against Nicks could be his size. At 6 foot 1, Nicks is an average receiver as it goes for height. Which could steer the Dolphins away, seeing as they already have Ginn. Be that as it may, Nicks is a big time player and a chains-mover.

Choice #2: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois

   Not a whole lot has been said of English, perhaps because of him coming out of Northern Illinois. However, English is a DE/OLB tweener that would be a great fit for a 3-4 defense. English is quick, 4.78 forty time, which will play to his advantage in the NFL. Questions about his size may hurt his draft value though. At 6 foot 2, English only weighs 245 pounds. However, this 2008 MAC Defensive Player of the year can disrupt the backfield, with 14.5 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks. English is another player from a smaller school with great upside.