The selection of Liam Eichenberg in the second round might be the final piece to a 2 year rebuild of the offensive line.
Miami spent a number of draft picks on lineman last year and still the unit struggled as a whole. Some of that was due to injury and some of that was due to a lack of continuity and growth hampered by the Covid-19 shortened offseason. Regardless of the excuses, the offensive line will need to play well from the beginning of the season in order for this offense to get into a groove early. The hope would be the Eichenberg can gel quickly with Robert Hunt, Austin Jackson and Solomon Kindley to form an offensive line that can be dominant for the next decade or so.
Eichenberg has a strong starting pedigree from his time at Notre Dame which should have him slide into a starting spot right away. He is, by no means, a finished product, but he should have some solid coaching in Miami and that should help his overcome some of his challenges, specifically in the pass blocking realm. If he can prove his worth in training camp, he will be a starter for this team week 1.
It’s hard to say what kind of “stats” Eichenberg will end up with at the end of the year, especially since offensive line stats are complicated and really complicated to predict. But, that being said, I think he starts all 16 games at right tackle.
2021 season predictions: 16 Starts