Miami Dolphins: Top 10 Prospects
Jake Long (Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Jake Long (Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst
Posted May 6, 2010
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Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series with another AFC East team, the Miami Dolphins. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Dolphins top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OT
6-7
317
3
24

The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008, Jake Long has proven to be one of the NFL's elite offensive tackles in his short career. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Long followed up a strong rookie campaign in 2008 with a sensational sophomore season, as he allowed just four sacks in 2009. It's hard to consider Long a prospect given his success, but unlike many who enter their third year in the NFL, he has established himself as a superstar.

Drafted by Miami in the 1st Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
QB
6-3
230
3
24

It only took one year for Chad Henne to become the starting quarterback in Miami. After sitting behind Chad Pennington during his rookie season, Henne was ready for the lead role in 2009, and put together a promising season where he completed 60.8-percent of his passes for 2,878 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Even though his TD/INT ratio wasn't great, he displayed the poise, leadership and toughness you want to see out of a young signal caller.

Drafted by Miami in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
5-11
203
2
22

The Dolphins first round pick in 2009, Vontae Davis got off to a slow start last season, but he found his groove after the BYE Week and started to showcase his true ability. Davis collected his first interception during a Week 4 contest against the Buffalo Bills and ultimately finished his rookie campaign with four INTs and 53 tackles.

Drafted by Miami in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-5
306
R
22

When the Dolphins traded down from No. 12 to No. 28 in this year's draft, it was unknown what the front office had in mind with their first pick. The selection of Jared Odrick made sense given that he was the prototypical 3-4 DE with his size and pass rushing ability. Odrick had a breakout season this past year for the Nittany Lions and recorded 43 tackles, 11 for a loss, and seven sacks. He will compete for a starting job this year; most likely with former second round pick Phillip Merling.

Drafted by Miami in the 1st Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
5-10
190
3
24

It's amazing that Davone Bess was an undrafted free agent. The former Hawaii standout put up stellar numbers during his collegiate career and has developed into one of the best slot receivers in the NFL. Bess has been the Dolphins most consistent receiver and has amassed 130 receptions for 1,312 yards and three touchdowns since joining the team in 2008.

Signed by Miami as an undrafted free agent (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
6-3
214
2
22

Sean Smith was a consistent performer as a rookie last year and started all 16 games for the Dolphins. A second round pick in the 2009 draft, Smith has great size and quickness, and matches up well against all sized wide receivers. He finished his rookie season with 37 tackles, but didn't record an interception. With Smith and Davis patrolling the Miami secondary for the foreseeable future, the Dolphins have a young tandem that can compete in a tough AFC East.

Drafted by Miami in the 2nd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
LB
6-3
250
2
28

A former CFL standout who signed with the Dolphins as a free agent prior to the 2009 season, Cameron Wake posted some impressive numbers as a situational defender. In his first year in the NFL, he recorded 23 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Wake has the upper hand to win the right outside linebacker job, but he will have plenty of competition for the gig, since the Dolphins drafted four linebackers.

Signed by Miami as a free agent (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
LB
6-3
256
R
23

One of the linebackers that the Dolphins drafted this year, who will compete with Wake for the starting OLB job, is Koa Misi. Misi plays with a high motor, is an outstanding edge rusher and has good awareness in coverage. A former JUCO standout, Misi had a strong career at Utah, and had his best season this past year recording 71 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, and five sacks.

Drafted by Miami in the 2nd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OG
6-5
350
R
23

There's a chance that John Jerry will begin his rookie season as a starter for the Dolphins. The Dolphins told starting guard Justin Smiley not to report for offseason conditioning, as they try to work out a trade for the veteran. If the Dolphins trade Smiley, Jerry could be the favorite to lineup next to Jake Long; what a massive wall they would form on the left side.

Drafted by Miami in the 3rd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-2
186
2
23

When the Dolphins selected Brian Hartline in the fourth round last year, he wasn't viewed as a player that could make an immediate impact. But, to everyone's surprise, Hartline had an outstanding rookie campaign and performed well during the second half of the season. Playing in all 16 games, making two starts, Hartline finished with 31 receptions for 506 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a 16-yard touchdown in the Dolphins season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Drafted by Miami in the 4th Round (2009).


For more on the Dolphins, check out Dolphin Digest.


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.



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