When the Miami Dolphins draft in rounds two and three, hopefully, they will get a chance to draft one of these three centers.
The Dolphins flirted with New England center David Andrews and in the process lost last year’s starting center, and former Patriot, Ted Karras who opted to go back to New England. Miami settled on Matt Skura who last season played with the Ravens. Skura will play on a one-year deal with the Dolphins.
Miami has to find some consistency at center. They haven’t had anyone settled there since Mike Pouncey in 2017. The Dolphins have tried to move some players around and Michael Dieter has not developed quite fast enough and may not be suited to be anything more than a backup.
On the roster right now, Tyler Gauthier and Cameron Tom are the only two other players aside from Skura listed as a center. Dieter is listed as both a guard and center.
Miami needs to get this problem fixed. Last year the Dolphins drafted three offensive linemen and started all three of them in 2020. This year, they should focus on adding one of these three centers in the draft later this month as they could be the solution to the Dolphins’ offensive line woes.
Landon Dickerson is an Alabama product and has a history with Tua Tagovailao. He would make a lot of sense for the Dolphins and aside from Rashawn Slater who is listed as a guard/center/tackle, Dickerson is the top-rated center in this year’s draft.
Equally good in both pass protection and run blocking, Dickerson could anchor the Dolphins offensive line for years to come and the familiarity with Tua is a good thing for Miami as well.
Creed Humphrey is a 6’5″ 310-pound product out of Oklahoma and is ranked as high as Dickerson. In fact, the two often change draft positions on mainstream media mock drafts. He has been starting since his freshman year in 2018. Like Dickerson, he is good at the point of contact and quick off the snap of the ball. He is good at pass blocking and run blocking.
Quinn Meinerz was originally projected by many to be a mid-round draft prospect but has been climbing draft boards for the last couple of months. He is now projected by many to be a third-round pick and could go as high as a late 2nd. The Dolphins don’t draft until 17 picks into the 3rd.
If Meinerz is there, the Wisconsin-Whitewater starter could be a steal and would have a year to work with Skura to learn the ins and outs of the NFL level.
The Dolphins need to address center this year and if they pass on these three, Ohio State’s Josh Myers or Georgia’s Trey Hill could also be options.