Dolphins’ Pre-Draft Position Breakdown: Offensive Line
With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, it won’t be long before the Miami Dolphins are “on the clock”. After a 10-6 season that saw the team reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Dolphins are looking to add pieces to help them get back there.
As the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia nears, we continue a series that takes a look at each position for the Dolphins and how that might affect what Miami does in the draft. The draft will be held from April 27-29.
We’re now to the point where we look at the big bodies up front. We’ll start with the offensive side of the ball:
Dolphins’ Picks by Round
Round 1: No. 22
Round 2: No. 54
Round 3: No. 97 (Compensatory)
Round 5: No. 166, No. 178 (Compensatory) and No. 184 (Compensatory)
Round 7: No. 223 (from Los Angeles)
Projected Starter(s): Laremy Tunsil, Mike Pouncey, Ja’Wuan James, Jermon Bushrod, Kraig Urbik
With Laremy Tunsil moving to left tackle and center Mike Pouncey returning from injury, the Dolphins look to have a pretty competent offensive line heading into 2017. Ja’Wuan James has been inconsistent at right tackle, but Jermon Bushrod is a solid run-blocker and Kraig Urbik can fill in either at guard or center.
Notable Depth: Anthony Steen, Ted Larsen
The offseason addition of Ted Larsen looks to be a good one for Miami as he’ll provide a veteran presence who can play multiple positions. Anthony Steen has some experience playing last season in place of an injured Pouncey.
Last Three Picks at Position
Laremy Tunsil: Round 1, No. 13 overall in 2016
Jamil Douglas: Round 4, No. 114 overall in 2015
Billy Turner: Round 3, No. 67 overall in 2014
Draft Probability: Moderate
Addressing the offensive line isn’t as dire a need as other positions, but this could be an opportunity to get younger and develop depth at the position. Unless, there’s a player the team feels is a steal in the first or second round, the Dolphins will probably start this year’s draft on the other side of the ball. As the draft goes on, there’s a decent possibility the Dolphins add another big body.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson