JOE ROSE: Former Miami Dolphin breaks down Dolphins' draft day needs
PART 1: New series featuring Dolphins' broadcaster
With all talent being equal late in the first round, the No. 1 position for the Miami Dolphins should be cornerback.
Plus, the AFC East is full of potent passing attacks featuring big-play wide receivers. The Bills added Terrell Owens to a wide receiving corps that already included Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish, while the Patriots have two of the league's best in Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
With picks 25, 44 and 56 on the first day of the draft, I expect at least one corner and one wide receiver to be selected by the Fins. These picks will be counted on to contribute or start immediately at the positions of need. In fact, don't be surprised if Miami takes two corners in their first four picks.
I love that the Dolphins' front office has shown a commitment to the draft -- as opposed to trading away picks. We've learned from past regimes that this doesn't necessarily work. This isn't always popular with fans, but this commitment to building through the draft is vital to the development and continued rebuilding of the roster. The core of every great team in the NFL is built through the draft -- along with solid free agent pickups.
Draft No. 1 for Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano has already been a success. If they can match that in year two, watch out! That's why April 25th will be another monumental day in the history of the Miami Dolphins.
Check back for my next entry when I'll discuss some prospects that fit the Dolphins' offensive and defensive schemes.
This is new for me but I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you!
Listen to Joe Rose weekdays 6-10 a.m. on Sports Radio 560-WQAM or on the Web at wqam.com.
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