The Miami Dolphins get their future at center.
If there was one knock for the Miami Dolphins this offseason, it was how they handled the center position. They missed out on Corey Linsley, who signed a monster contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Miami watched Rodney Hudson get traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a 3rd round pick. It seemed like Miami was poised to sign Patriots center David Andrews, but Andrews is now a Patriot for life. Along with Andrews, New England signed Miami’s starting center Tedd Karras, leaving Miami with a big hole.
The Dolphins did sign former Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura to a 1-year deal, but Skura is not the answer at center for Miami. He will likely start in 2021 for Miami, but they need to look for their future center in the 2021 NFL Draft. And that is where former Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz fits into this equation.
I think it is mixed where Meinerz will go in the NFL Draft. I would not argue if someone told me he would go in the 2nd round, and I also would not argue if someone told me he was going to go in the 4th round. That is why I have Miami taking a chance on him in the 3rd round.
Meinerz dominated at the Senior Bowl, where Flores and the Dolphins had a front-row seat. I think his Senior Bowl week will weigh heavy on the Dolphins and their decision-makers, ultimately leading to him becoming the Miami Dolphins’ future at center. I believe by drafting Meinerz, you can start Skura until you believe Meinerz is ready.
Or, if he is ready right away, Skura costs you nothing to have as his backup. I would be ecstatic if Miami was able to draft Meinerz in the 3rd round.