USA Today Sports

Miami Dolphins Draft: Offensive Linemen

The Miami Dolphins need depth along the offensive line heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Miami Dolphins are in need of both a center and guard, and we could see them turn to the 2017 NFL Draft to fill this need, alongside Free Agency. Here are some names to keep an eye on in the earlier rounds of the draft. 

Dan Feeney, Indiana Hoosiers.

According to Pro Football Focus there have been little guards that have been able to match Feeney’s production in pass protection as he is only allowed 14 pressures on 900 attempts the last two seasons. He has shown the ability to make the necessary run-game blocks, it is just a matter of consistency at this point In reference to his official 2016 stats, according to the IUB website, Feeney surrendered one sack in 310 called pass attempts...finished with a team-best 58 knockdowns in 636 snaps...started four games at right guard and five at right tackle...Indiana ranked second in the Big Ten in passing offense (273.8) and third in total offense (426.0).

Forrest Lamp : Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Played for the Hilltoppers. According to the Pro Football Focus, Lamp has put together two outstanding years of grading at left tackle, though his frame is likely better suited for guard. He moves efficiently and he does a nice job of getting to the second level in the running game. In reference to his official 2015 stats, according to the WKU website, Lamp was the Hilltopper's top offensive lineman, he exceeded expectations as a junior with another reliable season on the left side. A First Team All-Conference USA performer, he extended his consecutive start streak to 39 games, including 36 straight at left tackle. He was a Second Team All American by Pro Football Focus, which regularly labeled the tackle as one of the country's best, including the top tackle from the Group of 5 leagues. As a junior, Lamp did not allow a tackle and just 11 quarterback pressures while also anchoring a line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in Sacks Allowed, with just 16 despite 554 dropbacks, the seventh-best percentage nationally and second among teams with 500 or more passing attempts. He was voted a team captain as a junior by his team mates.

Ethan Pocic: LSU Tigers 

According to Walter Football, Pocic played well overall in 2016. He is an athletic center who is well-balanced as a run blocker and pass protector. Pocic did a nice job of opening holes at the point of attack and was reliable with giving his quarterback time. Pocic is nott a bulldozing interior offensive lineman, but he fires to the second level to hit blocks while being effective on double teams. For the NFL, it would help Pocic to add more strength to create more movement in the ground game and hold up against bull rushers. In reference to his official 2016 stats, according to the LSU website, Started all 12 games for the Tigers, 11 at center and once at right tackle due to injuries…Led all LSU offensive linemen in snaps (752), knockdowns (106) and “great effort” plays (38)…Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times – vs. Missouri, Ole Miss and Arkansas…Had double-digit knockdown blocks in five times, all coming during the final six games of the season…Capped career with dominating performance in LSU’s 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl…Played all 72 snaps with 14 knockdowns and five “great effort” plays…Had 14 knockdowns in win over Texas A&M…Added 12 knockdowns vs. Ole Miss, 11 vs. Arkansas and 10 against Florida…Gave us just one sack all season (vs. Missouri) and was whistled for only three penalties (on 752 snaps) all year (1 vs. Mississippi State, 1 vs. Missouri, 1 vs. Arkansas).


Scout Top Stories