With Forrest Lamp dominating the headlines for whom the Miami Dolphins could select to address their weak offensive guard position, one other player appears to be making waves from within the Dolphins organization. Should Miami choose to select a defensive end or linebacker in the first round, the Dolphins could choose to select Dan Feeney with their second round pick.
Playing both guard and tackle at the University of Indiana, Feeney will be a guard at the NFL level. However, much like Forrest Lamp who spent his entire college career at tackle, Feeney will provide the Dolphins versatility to play either guard or tackle should the occasion call for it. Possessing a lot of the traits that many look for in a day one offensive line starter, Feeney would address many of the team’s issues.
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Standing 6’4 and weighing just over 300 pounds, Feeney has the size many look for from interior offensive linemen. Seen by many as the second best guard prospect in this draft class, Feeney is someone that should be selected during the second round. While he may not be as good as Forrest Lamp, the fact that he is a second round prospect gives Miami some added options for the first round.
In need of starters and depth at many position, Miami could focus on the linebackers and defensive end positions with their first round pick. Adding top quality players to these positions should be the priority for Miami after all. Following that addition in the first round, Miami could earmark their second round pick for Feeney, giving Miami two potential day one starters next season.
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Such a move would allow the team to select players like T.J Watt, Zach Cunningham, Charles Harris, and Taco Charlton with their first round pick. Each of those players would give Miami someone that can be a real difference maker down the road. Given the Miami Dolphins struggles on defense last season, such an outcome is likely to be preferred.
Once that pick is made, the Dolphins can turn their attention to drafting Feeney. Depending on where his stock sits come draft day, Miami could trade up and still land Feeney is need be. Either way, I believe waiting and selecting Dan Feeney over Forrest Lamp will work out better down the road for the Miami Dolphins.