The Miami Dolphins could have done a couple of things with their seventh-round picks but they spent one of them on an offensive lineman, Larnel Coleman.
The UMass Amherst product is a 6’6″ 304-pound tackle that Miami’s scouts really liked and pushed for. He is a smart player who doesn’t make a lot of pre-snap errors but he will be a project and will need to develop before he is ready. It may take him a year or two to get into a starting role but he will get the chance to get better and has pushed himself to impress a team enough to make a selection.
Coleman started 12 games for UMass following a redshirt freshman year. He moved to left tackle and started 12 games. He played four games in 2020.
Coleman is strong and has decent leverage but he will need to work on his mechanics. He also gets the honor of being the first player that the Miami Dolphins drafted on day three.
Miami traded their 5th round pick to the Steelers earlier in the day for a 2022 4th round pick. Miami apparently didn’t like the board and how it had shaped up. Getting an additional pick in next year’s draft makes a lot of sense. By the time Miami was on the clock in round 5, most of the 2nd and third-tier runners were already off the board and Miami had little use for wide receivers.
Miami later wrapped the draft with a final selection, a running back.
As for Coleman, he will have a tough fight to make the roster. Miami added Liam Eichenberg in round two and will join the trio of rookies from last year, Robert Hunt, Solomon Kindley, and Austin Jackson. Add Michael Dieter, D.J. Fluker, Jesse Davis, and Matt Skura to the list and Miami may have one more spot available for the unit come September.