Much has been made about the defensive line prospects out of Georgia, and for good reason. But both Travon Walker and Jordan Davis will be gone by the time the Dolphins pick at #29, and they probably wouldn’t want to spend their first round pick on a defensive lineman anyway. But there is a lesser-known lineman from Alabama, who is a big boy in his own right that is able to play laterally and be a versatile interior lineman.
Phidarian Mathis comes from a long line of successful defensive tackles to come out of Alabama, and he will look to make his mark on the league by following the same path. He displays inconsistency at times, but he has great technique and his flaws are teachable and correctable.
This would likely be a depth signing for the Dolphins depending on how the rest of the off season plays out. The defensive line is one of the positions of the least concern for the franchise, and they may end up putting very few assets in to it at all in 2022. But if the philosophy is to select the best player available, there may come a time when Phidarian Mathis is that man.