If you look at the Miami Dolphins´ off-season so far, the team has surely gotten better. They have added offensive weapons and skill players like Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano, as well as key pieces on defense like Lawrence Timmons and William Hayes.
The Dolphins have addresses the safety position by extending All-Pro safety Reshad Jones, but have paired him with aging veteran Nate Allen. For me, and most certainly for Dolphins brass, Allen will likely not suffice as the starter opposite of Jones. The Dolphins will certainly look to the 2017 NFL Draft to add a young safety.
For me, that safety can likely be found in the second round and comes from the Utah Utes.
That player is Marcus Williams.
The first thing you notice about Williams is he has ideal size for the position. There is no question he is a true safety, standing in at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds. He also plays much bigger than his frame, and has a natural knack for snuffing out plays behind the line of scrimmage.
What most intrigues me about Williams is his work ethic. He was only a three star recruit coming into Utah out of California, and immediately earned his playing time on the field. If Williams can add some muscle to his frame (something he most certainly will do), and work on his tackling, he would be the perfect compliment to Reshad Jones.
What Williams does well is being a ball-hawk safety in coverage. This would fit nicely with Reshad Jones, who makes a living around the line of scrimmage snuffing out run plays. Having the comfort of Williams behind him at all times ready to cover in the passing game, Jones would be able to hover around the line of scrimmage, and the Dolphins would improve their run defense and pass defense simultaneously.
Williams had five interceptions each of his last two seasons at Utah, and combined those impressive numbers with 65 and 64 total tackles, respectively.
The only question surrounding Williams is his availability in the second round. If the Dolphins do not go safety in the first round, Williams would be a homerun pick should he be available at 52nd overall. I think there is a good chance he is there. If you are the Dolphins, you sprint to the podium.
To check out some of Williams´ collegiate highlights, click HERE.