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Predicting the Depth Chart: Version 2.0

Now that mini-camps are officially over for the Dolphins, I wanted to go back and re-do my predicted depth chart. If nothing else, it will provide some food for thought and inspire some debate during these long, boring weeks ahead until training camp.

Last time I did this, in fact, I got grilled by some of you for having Trent Green listed as the 1st string QB even thought he wasn't even on the team. I'm sure in this version, there will be something else you all disagree with, and I want to hear about it.

One note on the depth chart, on the defensive side of the ball, I will be laying it out as a 3-4 defense. So without further ado, here it is:

My Depth Chart
Pos. 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
QB Trent Green Cleo Lemon John Beck
HB Ronnie Brown Lorenzo Booker Jesse Chatman
FB Cory Schlesinger Reagan Mauia
WR Chris Chambers Ted Ginn Jr. Kelly Campbell
WR Marty Booker Derek Hagan
TE David Martin Justin Peele
LT Vernon Carey Anthony Alabi
LG Chris Liwienski Drew Mormino
C Samson Satele Johnathan Ingram
RG Rex Hadnot Tala Esera
RT LJ Shelton Joe Toledo
Pos. 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
DE Matt Roth Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
NT Keith Traylor Fred Evans Paul Soliai
DE/DT Vonnie Holliday Rod Wright Chase Page
OLB/DE Jason Taylor Abe Wright
ILB Zach Thomas Derrick Pope
ILB Channing Crowder Kelvin Smith
OLB Joey Porter Donnie Spragan
CB Will Allen Andre Goodman Michael Lehan
CB Travis Daniels Jason Allen
S Renaldo Hill Cam Worrell
S Yeremish Bell Travaris Tillman
K Jay Feely
P Brandon Fields
LS John Denney

So there you have it. That's my depth chart, version 2.0. A couple of notes on it. First, you'll notice that I removed Julius Wilson from the roster and replaced him with Joe Toledo. However, if Toledo is unable to stay healthy, there's a very good shot Wilson could make the 53-man squad. If not, he'll likely be a practice squad member. Also, I have Liwienski starting ahead of Mormino, which some may question. But at this point, it seems much more likely because, if for no other reason, starting 2 rookie interior lineman may not be a good idea. Liwienski has experience and probably has a leg up on Mormino for the race to start. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Mormino worked his way into the starting line-up at some point during the season.

Also, I'm still sticking with Kelly Campbell as the team's 5th receiver. He's played well at camp and, if he can stay healthy, is the best option. David Sutton, the undrafted free agent, has impressed and with his combo if size and speed, he seems like a worthwhile project to work on, meaning he'll likely find his way to the practice squad.

Lastly, you'll notice I replaced Geoffrey Pope with Michael Lehan as the team's 5th corner. Here's my reasoning. With Jason Allen struggling to grasp the nuances of the position, having another inexperienced corner like Pope is too risky. Pope has good size and great speed, but I think he's going to be a victim of the idea that the Dolphins need experiene from their 5th corner, which is what Lehan brings to the table. He's also a very good special teams player. However, don't count out Pope or Shirdonya Mitchell, as a strong camp by either could tip the balance in their favor.