The Miami Dolphins recently worked out four offensive linemen from Florida State University - Cameron Erving, Tre Jackson, Josue Matias and Bobby Hart. This news comes courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel.
The two most interesting names on this list are Erving and Jackson as both are projected to be selected in early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. Matias and Hart are expected to be drafted on the third day, although it's possible that Hart may not get drafted at all. It's also possible that Matias sneaks into the later part of the third round.
Gabriel Burns (Twitter: @SoHotItGBURNS), an analyst for the PhinManiacs Draft Guide, calls Erving one of his favorite prospects in the entire draft. Burns says that he is the most versatile of all the offensive linemen, being able to play any position on the line. However, he believes that he is best suited on the interior of the line, especially at the center position. That's because he was able to create movement in the run game and showed good quickness. His weaknesses include his lack of consistency against speed and athleticism on the outside and the fact that he only played one season at the center position at FSU. Additionally, he needs to learn better patience in his blocks and react faster to his man.
Burns believes that a team desperate for a guard can play Erving there and he'll do well. At the tackle, he could fill in for a limited time, but for Burns, it is not ideal. This is interesting because the Dolphins do need help at the guard position and love linemen who can play multiple positions along the line.
According to Jeff Hyde (Twitter: @Jeff__Hyde), another analyst for the PhinManiacs Draft Guide, Jackson has great football awareness and appears to diagnose defensive schemes very well on film. He’s got an NFL body type, possessing a giant upper body, and thick trunk. He isn’t going to completely overpower too many people, but he uses his quickness in combination with his size very well. His weaknesses include his footwork, agility and a tendency to sometimes get crossed up on stunts and speed rushers. Hyde believes his ideal draft position is in the second round.
In regards to Matias, Hyde says that he has long arms, and ability to move his feet in pass protection. In a passing league, having a guard with the ability to cover up a lot of ground and use his feet to act as a movable brick wall is vital. His weaknesses includes his inability to block in the run game and his need to get much stronger to survive at the NFL level.
We'll see how this shakes out but the Dolphins are likely to draft an offensive linemen in the first few rounds of the draft. There are rumblings that they are already looking towards the future when Branden Albert's contract is up and also are looking for insurance this season if he isn't ready to go at the beginning of the season.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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