If there is one word to describe the Miami Dolphins draft this year, it would be productive. From their first round pick Charles Harris to their last pick in Isaiah Ford, they gained guys who can make an impact right away or in the future. Every team typically gets two or three players in the draft that turn out to be excellent draft picks. It’s hard to say, but there is one player that was a safe draft pick for the Dolphins.
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Isaac Asiata – offensive guard
It was difficult to pick who the best pick was in the Dolphins draft class. Filled with so much talent and value that is offered for the Dolphins, but I believe that offensive guard Isaac Asiata out of Utah was the safest pick for Miami. They filled a big need at the guard position after moving Laremy Tunsil to the left tackle position due to the Branden Albert trade.
At 6’4″ 323 pounds, Asiata provides size and strength as he did 35 reps of the bench press at the combine. As a run blocker, he gives the Dolphins a boost to their running game that is destined to do great things after the emergence of Jay Ajayi last season. Getting him in the fifth round was a steal for the Dolphins and it should show on the field.
Asiata has already signed his rookie deal which is a four-year deal worth about 2.6 million. Having him for the next four years at a young age is a big advantage for the Dolphins. Not only can he play guard, but he can play center as well so it gives the Dolphins more options on the line. A big thing about Asiata is that he plays with aggression and he keeps his motor going until he hears the whistle which are big things that coaches want.
People may not agree with this pick, but it is the safest because you can never have too many offensive linemen who can play different positions and have the size and aggression to be successful in the league. It may not show this, maybe not next year but Asiata will show that Miami made the right choice in drafting him. He is underrated but soon enough he will show that he can compete.