Round 2, Pick 5
To say that the Dolphins options at free safety are ‘underwhelming’ is being kind. Bobby McCain began last season as the starter and played well, but he lasted only 9 games before going on IR with shoulder injuries. Judging by the recent release of Adrian Colbert, and the little production added during the offseason, it’s safe to assume that head coach Brian Flores has faith that McCain’s durability concerns are minimal. I am not convinced.
Oregon safety Jevon Holland is a potential first-round pick but his draft stock may be hurt by the Pac 12 opting out of the season. After watching him ‘ball hawk’ (9 interceptions) for the Ducks over the past two seasons, I don’t share those concerns. Holland has the intelligence to lead a secondary and he simply has a knack for playing the ball in the air and coming down with it. He immediately would make the Dolphins secondary one of the best in the NFL.
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Round 2, Pick 10
The Dolphins did a lot to address the offensive line this past offseason. Assuming that the Dolphins ‘hit’ on LT Austin Jackson in the 2019 draft and Ereck Flowers continues his solid play at guard, that takes care of the left side of the offensive line. Either Jesse Davis or Robert Hunt needs to step up to solidify the right tackle position; while the loser of that competition battles for right guard wit Solomon Kindley.
That leaves the biggest potential weakness on the offensive line at arguably the most important position; center. If Patriots free agent center/guard Ted Karras builds on his 2019 season, the Dolphins simply resign him and there’s no problem. However, there’s a reason why the Patriots let him go and the Dolphins were able to get him on a 1yr/$3M contract.
If Karras can’t fill the void at center, the Dolphins should select Josh Meyers from Ohio State. Like Holland, Meyers has been talked about as a potential first-round pick but may lose out to Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey as the first center selected if the Big 12 plays their season and the Big 10 doesn’t.
At 6’5″, 312 pounds, Meyers excels at opening running lanes; something the Dolphins struggled mightily within 2019. As for pass protection, there’s no concern about being run over by big nose tackles. Concerned against speedy defensive tackles but those are minimized and outweighed by his positives.