In a past article, I discussed the weaknesses of the Dolphins interior offensive linemen. In 2010, the primary trio consisted of Richie Incognito (LG), Joe Berger (C), and John Jerry (RG). The run game took a step back from its above average performance in 2009. Tony Sparano has noted as deficiencies the lack of an interior push in the run game as well as an inability to get to the second level for blocks leading to chunk yards.
In my last two articles, I took a look at what top guards and centers the Dolphins could draft this year. In this article, I decided to take a look at what top tackles could the Dolphins draft. Now, I know what you’re thinking … you idiot Sports Writer … why would the Dolphins draft a tackle this year when they already have two good tackles (Jake Long and Vernon Carey)? Some say, the Dolphins could move Vernon Carey to guard. I even thought this at one time. But, Tony Sparano stated that this was not likely going to happen. And, I can understand why because Carey does not have the lateral quickness to get to the second level for blocks that would lead to chunk yards. He was not quick to begin with and knee injuries have slowed him over the years. But, if Miami stays at the 15th pick in this years draft, there are far better tackle prospects that will be available than guard and center prospects — I am not thrilled about taking Pouncey at the 15th pick. If Miami takes one of these top tackles, they could be initially slotted in a guard position and then eventually moved to the right tackle position to replace an aging Vernon Carey. Or, they could start right off the bat at right tackle allowing Carey and his hefty salary to be traded … possibly for a veteran guard.
Tags: Anthony Castonzo Derek Sherrod Gabe Carimi Jake Long Jeff Ireland Joe Berger John Jerry Marcus Cannon Miami Dolphins Nate Solder NFL Draft Offensive Line Offensive Tackle Orlando Franklin Richie Incognito Tony Sparano Tyron Smith Vernon Carey