Late round picks could offer future value for the Miami Dolphins.
Round 4 Pick 118
Georgia LB Monty Rice
An undersized linebacker at 6’1” who could end up being a project for whatever team drafts him. Luckily for the Miami Dolphins, they have a head coach who is arguably one of the best linebacker coaches in the entire NFL in Brian Flores.
Rice has shown signs of being an impressive NFL player in his time at Georgia. Being the leader and one of the leading tacklers of the Bulldogs defense is impressive when you factor in that they play in one of the hardest, if not the most difficult conference, in all of college football.
Rice could find himself as a starter in this defense with the lack of a true second inside linebacker, or he could excel as a special teamer, it shouldn’t be difficult for Flores to find a role for Rice in his defense.
Round 6 Pick 188
Boston College IOL Alec Lindstrom
The Dolphins should bring back current starting center Ted Karras for another season. For one, to continue to aid in the growth of the three young rookie lineman, but to also help develop Lindstrom for the Dolphins future.
Lindstrom has the versatility to play each interior offensive lineman spot, but projects best as a center at the next level. With one year behind Karras, learning the Dolphins offense and getting used to a left handed quarterback, Lindstrom could become a major piece moving forward.
Besides that, it is always important to have good offensive line depth, and Lindstrom’s versatility can be a major help in that case as well.