With LaDaninian Tomlinson signing with the Jets for two years it looks like nose tackle is becoming a huge need now. Also with Jason Ferguson being suspended for the first 8 games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances the Dolphins will now have to look for a big Nose tackle. I know LT hasn’t been the same player he used to be but the Jets have one of the best offensive lines and last year they lead the league in rushing yards. Randy Starks and Paul Soliai performed above expectations last season but they aren’t the dominating, run stuffing force that the Dolphins need in the middle.
There aren’t any starting nose tackles in free agency since they were all resigned by their teams and Jamal Williams was signed by the Broncos so it looks like the only way to acquire a nose tackle is by trade or the draft. There aren’t a lot of nose tackles on the trading block so it looks like we will make our selection through the draft.
Dan Williams (Tennessee) is a first round prospect and many people believe that he will be the selection at #12 to Miami. If the Dolphins choose to skip on Williams then some other options are Terrence Cody (Alabama) projected 1st – 2nd round, and Cam Thomas (North Carolina) projected 2nd- 3rd round. Some late round prospects are Linval Joseph (East Carolina), and Torrell Troup (Central Florida) both are projected to be drafted around the 3rd or 4th round, or Jay Ross (East Carolina) who is projected to be drafted in the 5th or 6th round.
Whoever Parcells brings in we know that he believes he can start and be a force for Miami on the defensive line.