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Dolphins on the clock: Rang chimes in

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Rob Rang, the senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, graciously shared his time and insight with an overview of how the first round might go down for AFC East clubs.

I provided Rang a list of three needs, and he projected who was likely to be available.

The Miami Dolphins are in 25th position. They're in the market for a center. They would like to upgrade at inside linebacker. They're in desperate need of a receiver.

Here is Rang's take:

Rey Maualuga would be the perfect fit at inside linebacker, but he isn't likely to last until the 25th pick. Many will point to Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, but Miami's 3-4 alignment requires a stout defender capable of disengaging quickly from blocks and most scouts feel this is one of Laurinaitis' relatively weaker characteristics. Inside linebacker might be an area that gets filled in the later rounds.

There should be a run on receivers from picks 20 through 40, with several taller, speedy options available. Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey has a combination of height and speed that no other receiver in this draft can match, but he might be too much of a "track guy in pads" for Bill Parcells' liking. One player to keep in mind is North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks. He may not have elite speed, but he has the size, soft hands and body control to make an immediate contribution as a possession receiver. Considering Miami's speed outside with Ted Ginn and the emergence of slot receiver Davone Bess, Nicks is a logical option.

The versatile Max Unger from Oregon, who earned All-Pac-10 honors at both left tackle and center, makes some sense for the Dolphins in the first round. With many of Samson Satele's problems coming against bigger, more physical defenders in the AFC East, a stouter center/guard like Alex Mack of California also makes sense.