By: Brandon Liguori
The Miami Dolphins have not had a stable, consistent offensive line in quite some time, so it is pretty clear what Brian Flores and Chris Grier are trying to do: give Tua Tagovailoa as much protection as possible.
Opening the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dolphins were originally scheduled to hold three fourth-round selections, but an early trade with the Houston Texans that had Miami send two fourth-round picks allowed the Dolphins to move up and grab Georgia OG Solomon Kindley. Standing at 6’3” and 337 pounds, Kindley told reporters he is able to play either side of guard and will play wherever Flores puts him.
The Dolphins have done a wonderful job building the offensive line throughout the free agency and draft, including Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Austin Jackson, Robert Hunt and now Kindley. With back-to-back selections in the fifth round, Miami elected to trade pick 153 to San Francisco in exchange for running back Matt Breida.
Breida, who spent three seasons in San Francisco, started in five of a possible 13 games a season ago during the 49ers’ Super Bowl run, rushing for 623 yards and a touchdown while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Breida will enter 2020 under the final year of his contract and will be joined alongside Jordan Howard, acquired this past March.
Miami also sent picks 173 and 227 to the Philadelphia Eagles, allowing the Dolphins to rise up the board and select Boise State’s Curtis Weaver, adding yet another defensive piece. Weaver is the all-time Mountain West Conference sacks leader and when speaking to media members, Weaver said he was projected to go in the first two days so with the Dolphins getting Weaver as a mid-fifth rounder, it will be interesting to find out if this is a potential steal.
The Dolphins also took the first long snapper in this year’s draft, selecting LSU’s Blake Ferguson, graded as the top long snapper. Being that Taybor Pepper is the only current long snapper on the 53-man roster, Ferguson can add some competition. Aside from Tagovailoa and Navy’s Malcolm Perry, whom the Dolphins selected in the seventh round, both Flores and Grier mainly addressed the offensive line and a secondary that immensely upgraded with the addition of cornerback Byron Jones.
You have to tip your cap. With Tom Brady taking his talents to Tampa Bay after spending 20 seasons in New England, it is officially a four-team race for the AFC East crown moving forward.
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