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Odrick a sleeper on stout Dolphins D-line

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Dolphins enter 2011 with one of the league's best, but also most underrated defensive lines. After finishing sixth overall in defense and seventh against the run, Miami returns its three starters as well as Jared Odrick, who played in only one game in his rookie season before breaking his fibula. NT Paul Soliai earned the franchise tag thanks to his breakout season at arguably the most important position in the 3-4 scheme. Kendall Langford and Randy Starks are above-average bookends who don't fill up the stat sheet, but make a noticeable impact on the edges. The wild card on the line could be Odrick. Langford and Starks combined for six sacks last season, but the way we hear it, Odrick has the potential to rack up 6-7 sacks per season from a DE spot. The pressure will be on Odrick, who impressed enough in camp to start Day One as a rookie. The depth along the D-line, which also includes Phillip Merling who should be at 100 percent, likely will push free agent Tony McDaniel to a team that has a starting spot for him.

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