The answer is no, I didn’t watch any Northern Iowa games this past year. Believe it or not, my cable package didn’t include any subscriptions to the Panther’s network. I’ll have to get that fixed for 2022. Big year for the Panthers coming up.
Penning got on my radar when he got to the Senior Bowl. Firing up Twitter during that time, I saw a bunch of Trevor Penning aggressively destroying a few guys and I was like “dang, that guy would do well for the Dolphin.” That’s exactly what I said.
The Dolphin’s biggest hole on the team is the offensive line. I hope you were sitting down for that admission. This means that the Dolphins can use all the help they can get their hands on. I expect Miami to address that a little bit in free agency but make no mistake; the Dolphins will draft a lineman or two during the draft. Will they use their 1st round pick on one? I couldn’t tell you. If they do, I think Penning has a chance to be there at 29.
The rundown on Trevor Penning is that he is a big, mean, mauling type of offensive lineman. I mean at 6’7 330LBs he ought to be. Playing at an FCS school I’m sure will scare off a few people and I get it. He didn’t play against SEC competition or anything like that so the idea is that he’ll get blown away by NFL competition. What can I tell you other than many players who played in the FCS have done well in the NFL and that everyone who covers this stuff for a living has this guy in the 1st round?
His senior bowl work looks like a guy I want on my team.
He just looks nasty. I’m all for that with an offensive lineman. I think nasty is an element that is lacking with that unit. I’d like a Richie Incognito attitude minus the bizarreness. I hope that isn’t too much to ask.
Are there things he needs to improve on? Absolutely. It seems like he’s susceptible to getting bull-rushed and with the defensive ends in the AFC East, that’s something that can’t happen. Also from what I’ve seen, he gets his outside hand full of jerseys a bit too much which leads to penalties.
You put him at left tackle and move Eichenberg to right tackle meaning Hunt goes to right guard along with whoever they bring in free agency and now you should have a decent offensive line that can play out Mike McDaniel’s vision. I’m not afraid of moving some of these guys around. Nobody on the current line is so good in one spot that they’re untouchable.