The rebuilding of the Miami Dolphins offensive line keeps a local player home. Taking Green in the first round is a good first step to upgrading in the draft, this one is a bit more of an upside and project pick, something that Miami has not been able to hit on in the past two drafts.
Zion Nelson came into the year as a projected first-round draft pick. However, like the rest of the Miami Hurricanes team and season, projects did not hit at all and there was a massive turnaround at the end of the season.
Nelson has been the starting left tackle of the Hurricanes since his true freshman season, and he has shown massive upside. At 6-foot-5, 316 pounds, is a big player but leaner for a 300-pound player.
If the Dolphins were to take Nelson, it would be the third straight season where the team is drafting a left tackle in the draft. Pricing that the team is struggling to either find the right talent for the position or they just are not developing them properly.
The team will obviously need to upgrade the position, once again, but the question is will they need to keep throwing darts at draft picks or sign a free agent. A solid starting left tackle will cost big bucks, which the team will have, but will they pay the price?
If the team decides to draft one, taking Nelson in the third round would be a solid choice, even if it’s depth for a position they are failing to develop.