This pick is more contingent on the Miami Dolphins moving on from Eric Rowe and needing to fill his role. It won’t be a lateral move, Rowe has provided value covering tight ends during his time with Miami, but it’s a move that saves the Dolphins $5 million in cap.
Yes the cap space went up, but with the emergence of Jevon Holland and the development of Brandon Jones, it makes an aging Rowe expendable. The Dolphins pursuit of a top level offensive lineman will be pricey and they should do whatever it takes to make sure they secure one.
If Rowe ends up being let go, then the team could take Miami safety Bubba Bolden. At 6-foot-2, Bolden ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine. At Miami, he was one of the better tacklers on the defense.
The Dolphins would take a step back replacing Rowe with Bolden, but it clears a path for opening cap and targeting an elite offensive lineman. The move would also open up a clear lane for both Holland and Jones to have expanded roles.
Bolden could see a similar career arc as Jones. Jones spent his first year developing more than playing a large role behind Bobby McCain and Rowe. He was a highly touted recruit and could have good potential, in the right situation.