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Dolphins will get great value with 32nd overall pick

With the New England Patriots forfeiting their first-round pick, Miami will have two of the first 32 picks in April's draft. Mel Kiper writes Miami should get a first-round talent with the first pick in the second round.

Originally Published: February 15, 2008
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
Question: The New England Patriots forfeited their first round draft choice (No. 31 overall). So the Miami Dolphins will pick two of the first 32 players -- No. 1 overall and the first pick in the second round. If the Dolphins draft Matt Ryan first overall, do they automatically look to a defensive lineman with the first pick in the second round?

Kiper: First, let's look at the first pick of the second round since 2001:

2007: DT Alan Branch, Arizona Cardinals
2006: LB DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans
2005: G/C David Baas, San Francisco 49ers
2004: LB Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals
2003: OG Eric Steinbach, Cincinnati Bengals
2002: WR Jabar Gaffney, Houston Texans
2001: QB Drew Brees, San Diego Chargers

Mel Kiper Jr.

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