Monday, February 14, 2011

Miami Dolphins 2010 Position Grades: Linebacker

Perhaps at no position was the Miami Dolphins' youth movement more prevalent than linebacker, where the team ditched veterans Akin Ayodele and Reggie Torbor and let free agents Joey Porter and Jason Taylor walk in the 2010 offseason.

Step into significant roles at outside linebacker were second-year CFL import Cameron Wake and second-round rookie Koa Misi. The team also drafted two linebackers—Chris McCoy and Austin Spitler—in the seventh round of the draft.

In free agency, former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby was the Dolphins' most prized acquisition, signed to a five-year, $43 million contract with $22 million guaranteed.

Despite the dip in starting experience among the Dolphins' top four linebackers, the team's defense shot to the top 10 of the league thanks to the arrival of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, continued dominance by the defense line, and the emergence of Wake as one of the NFL's best pass rushers.

So how did the Dolphins' linebackers grade out individually? Continue on to find out...






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