The latest: Friday's deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft delivered good news, with several likely top 15 picks turning pro and options increasing for Miami at No. 12. Alabama inside linebacker Rolando McClain would be a logical Dolphins choice, but he might not slip to 12th. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has him rated 10th, one spot after Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant, the draft's top receiver, whose selection of agent Eugene Parker could stir concerns about a holdout. So what does Miami do if McClain is gone and if Bryant is gone or not embraced by Dolphins management? Then the decision is complicated, to be shaped by March moves in free agency. ``McClain is a beautiful fit, but if he's not available, I would trade down from 12,'' draftinsiders.com's Frank Coyle said. On Kiper's ESPN Big Board, players listed 11th through 15th are Texas safety Earl Thomas (eight interceptions in 2009; would fill a need); South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul; UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price (at 300 pounds, not ideal for nose tackle in Miami's 3-4 defense, Coyle said); Clemson running back/returner C.J. Spiller (``the Dolphins don't have the luxury to take Spiller, as good as he is,'' Coyle said); and UF defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Although a lot could change, Coyle said No. 12 is too high to take others who would fill Dolphins needs -- Tennessee 327-pound defensive tackle Dan Williams (19th overall by Kiper); Texas outside linebacker Sergio Kindle (24th); tight ends Aaron Hernandez of UF (16) and Jermaine Gresham of Oklahoma (25th), and receivers Arrelious Benn of Illinois and Golden Tate of Notre Dame. Several defensive ends could go in Miami's range -- Pierre-Paul, Dunlap, Michigan's Brandon Graham, Southern California's Everson Griffen, Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan -- but that's not a big Dolphins need, and Coyle said Graham is the only one well-suited for outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, which is a Dolphins need. Pierre-Paul might be able, ``but he's so raw, asking him to make a position switch could retard his development,'' Coyle said. Two big names -- Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody and UF linebacker Brandon Spikes -- are widely forecast to go in the late 20s or later. CHATTER One Dolphins person was talking about the need for a John Offerdahl-type playmaker at inside linebacker, and consider this: ProFootballFocus.com, which analyzes every game, ranked Channing Crowder 112th and Akin Ayodele 113th among 116 inside linebackers based on 2009 performance. Each had 10 missed tackles, and Ayodele ranked last in pass coverage. The notion that Miami's inside linebackers don't make enough big plays ``has validity. It's fair,'' said backup Reggie Torbor, rated 106th. Miami appears more committed to Crowder than Ayodele, whose tackles fell from 106 with Dallas in 2006 to a career-low 70 in '09. • Ammunition for Joey Porter critics: ProFootballFocus ranked Porter's 2009 performance 62nd among 68 outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense, behind former Dolphin Matt Roth of Cleveland (seventh) and Jason Taylor (eighth). Porter's name drew a roll of the eyes from a Dolphins executive, and his future here remains in doubt.