AFC East: Darius Heyward-Bey
Team needs: Receiver, cornerback, interior line
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|Rutgers wideout Kenny Britt would fill a need for the Dolphins and should be available when Miami picks.|
Dream scenario: The Dolphins hold the No. 25, 44 and 56 selections in the draft. They won't have their pick of the litter by the time they go on the clock, but they should be able to acquire prospects who can fill significant needs at receiver and cornerback.
Receiver looks like the more pressing need of the two. The Dolphins lost their starting right cornerback when Andre Goodman departed via free agency, but they replaced him with Eric Green, formerly on the Arizona Cardinals. While the Dolphins still require some youthful promise at cornerback -- they can't keep turning to retread veterans every year -- they have done nothing to shore up a mediocre receiving corps.
The Dolphins didn't have a go-to threat last year, but they can find help at No. 25. Maryland speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey still might be on the board. If not, Kenny Britt from Rutgers should be around. He doesn't have elite speed, but he's one of the bigger receivers in the draft.
The Dolphins then could come back for a cornerback with the 44th selection, obtained in the trade that sent Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins. Louis Delmas from Western Michigan or Darius Butler from Connecticut could fall to the Dolphins there.
Plan B: Miami football operations boss Bill Parcells loves heart-and-soul players, and there will be a few available late in the first round. If Parcells can't bring himself to select a skill player and wants to stick with something a little closer to bedrock, he might find Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews still on the board. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis and Boston College defensive tackle Ron Brace should still be around, too.
Scouts Inc. take: "It's un-Parcells-like, but I think they need to find smaller people this time around. They need to find a No. 1 corner. I don't know who that player is, but Vontae Davis is someone they'll have to consider there. The second round also makes sense for corners. Ideally, the plan would be to get a No. 1 wideout. Ted Ginn is a specialty player, and they have the slot guys. But they need the No. 1, all-around, big, fast, strong receiver. They might not be able to get him, so they might have to live life without that player." -- Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.
Who has final say: Parcells makes the calls but pretends he's merely an interested observer. General manger Jeff Ireland is his right-hand man.
Now on the clock: Atlanta Falcons, March 23.