2012 NFL Draft -- Statistical Analysis of Offensive Linemen

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The Dolphins gave up the third most number of sacks (52) in the NFL during the 2011 season, despite have the 4th least number of passing attempts.  And, the Dolphins had only the 11th best rushing yards per game, despite having the 6th most number of rushing attempts.  So, it is pretty obvious that the Dolphins’ offensive line could use an upgrade over last year to keep their QB from taking hits and to pave the way in the running game.

Oct 15, 2011; Pullman, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive guard David DeCastro (52) looks to make a block against the Washington State Cougars during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

So far, in the 2012 off-season, there has not been any major additions to upgrade over last year.  Gone is starting RG Vernon Carey and RT Marc Columbo.  John Jerry at RG and Lydon Murtha at RT are currently listed atop the depth chart with Artis Hicks (acquired via free agency) and Nate Garner listed as their backups, respectively.  Three of the four players were with the Dolphins last year and could not win a starting job.

So, it is likely that the Dolphins will attempt to upgrade the offensive line through the 2012 NFL Draft.  In fact, it will likely be a key position of need.  I have done a Statistical Analysis of the Offensive Linemen available in the draft (guards and tackles only considering the Dolphins selected a Center last year) and will summarize the results in this article.  My hope is to provide you with some handy charts to reference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this draft week.

It is first worth noting that I found the 2012 NFL Draft to be very offensive tackle heavy and offensive guard thin — although, some prospects are interchangeable at these positions.  Using NFLDraftScout.com, there were nine (9) offensive guards who could be selected in rounds one thru five — there were eighteen (18) offensive tackles.

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