Miami Dolphins

Dolphins appear very interested in defensive ends for draft

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Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said during the NFL Scouting Combine that he would probably address his team’s need for an edge rusher both in free agency and the draft.

Well, he certainly did address that need in free agency, but many wonder if he might have overpaid when he re-signed Andre Branch, he of the 19.5 career sacks, to a three-year, $24 million deal.

Just in case he did, it seems Grier may indeed be gearing up to double down on the position in the draft, where the ‘Fins are at least doing some defensive end window shopping.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Dolphins are among the teams slated to meet in the next few days with Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton (above), who should be available when Miami’s pick comes up in the first round.

We wrote earlier this week that Miami and Charlton would already be meeting. It’s not clear whether that visit did not happen yet, or this is a subsequent meeting.

The Dolphins pick at No. 22 overall, so unless they make a blockbuster trade up they probably won’t have a shot at getting either Myles Garrett or Solomon Thomas, the top two ends in this year’s class.

Charlton wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize at all, though. He had a tendency to be a little inconsistent while with the Wolverines, but scouts love his blend of size (6-6, 277 pounds) and athleticism (4.92 40).

They like it so much in fact that the Dolphins may have to trade up just to get Charlton, who as Rapoport tweeted, has already visited the Cowboys and is believed to be vising the Lions today.

Dallas picks six spots after Miami but Detroit picks one spot ahead of the Dolphins and they’re looking for an edge rusher, too, though some believe they’re targeting either Charles Harris of Missouri or Takkarist McKinley of UCLA.

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