Miami Dolphins Need An Additional At Guard
Guard play need to be treated better than a red-haired stepchild
Everyone and their mother knows that one of the Dolphins biggest needs on offense is at Guard.
Sure, Miami has Jermon Bushrod and Ted Larsen, but Bushrod is at the twilight of his career and learning a new position, and Larsen has been more of a fill-in guy for most of his career. Can we start the season with them as 1st string? Yes. But the bigger question is can the offensive line excel with them starting? That’s a whopper of a question.
As a result many NFL football fans are betting that the Dolphins are going to draft at least one Guard, and that it most likely will occur with one of their mid-round picks.
Many draft pundits are still saying that Miami may opt to use their first round pick on Guard Forrest Lamp, which is something I’m fine with. However, since Miami needs more help on defense, they may decide to go defense with their first pick and wait to draft a Guard in the second to fifth round range. As a result, Miami has disclosed that they have used 2 of their 30 non-local draft prospects visits on mid round Guard prospects.
Guard value has increased in the last couple of years, but few teams pay a premium for it
The first of these Guards that came to visit Miami headquarters was Utah Guard Isaac Asiata. He’s projected to be drafted in the 3rd to 5th round and excels at run blocking, but needs to improve on his pass protection. He has nice size at 6’3” and 325 pounds and would probably need to be coached up and would be more of a project type player, then a day 1 starter.
The other Guard that the Dolphins have just recently asked permission to have come in for a visit is Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton. Moton was a four year starter for the Western Michigan upcoming program. While he would be a better fit at Guard in the NFL, he does have some veritilty and might be able to play Right Guard as well. One of the first things that stand out about Moton is his massive frame, which is evident from his 6’5”height, 330 pounds, arm length of 33.13, and hand size of 10.75. On a side note, he was moving guys from Ohio State with ease. He is projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick
Of these two players, I definitely am intrigued with Moton, and if we were to draft him in the 3rd or 4th round, this could be a quality value pick that can turn into a starting player by the end of the season. He seems to have the strength and size to already be able to stand his own in the NFL and with the proper coaching he could develop into a quality starting Guard in the NFL. What are the rest of the Miami Dolphins News fans thoughts about these two Guard prospects that Miami has had come in for a visit?