On a recent episode of Locked On Dolphins, I made the proclamation that Miami only had six rosterable lineman in-house. The Dolphins agreed and did something about it on Friday.
Miami acquired a pair of familiar faces to bolster the depth of the offensive line, amidst a flurry of roster cuts.
The Dolphins will send a 2020 7th-round draft pick to Minnesota for former Hurricanes Guard Danny Isidora.
The promotion of Dave DeGuglielmo likely had something to do with this next trade; Miami acquires Evan Boehm from the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2020 draft pick swap.
The Dolphins line has remained unchanged since the fifth day of training camp, the same day DeGuglielmo received his promotion. Laremy Tunsil, Michael Deiter, Daniel Kilgore, Shaq Calhoun and Jesse Davis were the chosen five, but backup Center Chris Reed consistently outperformed more than one of those starting five.
Now, with Boehm in the picture, Reed is free to move back to guard and seize the long over-due promotion to the starting five.
Boehm might be in for some playing time sooner than later as well. Miami’s theme this offseason was to acquire tough, competitive linemen with a mean-streak and impressive durability. After acquiring Michael Deiter (the all-time consecutive starts leader on Wisconsin’s line) and Jordan Mills (three straight years playing over 1,000 snap), Miami went back to the well with Boehm and Isidora.
One of the top high school offensive line recruits, Boehm went on to start 52 games for Missouri. According to Lance Zierlein’s conversation with an NFC West scout, Boehm is “tough as nails, he’ll play with pain and he’s the kind of guy that will command a locker room.” That scout lauded Boehm for his outstanding power, instincts, leadership and durability.
Those instincts include notes for picking up games on the interior line. Brian Flores beats the word “communication” into the ground when talking about his offensive line, so this move jives with that message.
The weaknesses come from the physical measurements. He has a compact frame with short arms and a lack of lateral agility.
Boehm started 13 of his 42 career games played. He played 122 snaps as a rookie with the Cardinals in 2016 and 588 in his second year with the team in 2017. Last year, his first in Indianapolis, Boehm played 357 snaps filling in for the injured Ryan Kelly.
According to Pro Football Focus, Boehm allowed only five pressures on those 357 snaps (233 pass blocking). None of those pressures were sacks and three of them were hurries (just two hits allowed on the quarterback).
Boehm finished as PFF’s 12th-overall graded pass protector and 16th-overall run blocker among all centers.
Evan Boehm may not be a starter for the Colts but I love his style of play. He’s such a nasty lineman always looking for the kill shot. Watch #67 at center on this screen play. pic.twitter.com/MGhNtlkHXc
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) January 4, 2019
The former Canes Guard met with Miami several times prior to the 2017 NFL Draft. The Dolphins likely didn’t view him as a scheme fit during Adam Gase’s tenure, but the philosophical shift on offense changed things.
Isidora was praised — pre-draft — for his ability to get in space. Light feet, plus-agility, and a controlled approach climbing to the second-level makes for a nice option to pull this large guard.
From that same report — Lance Zierlein, NFL Media — Isidora plays with too wide of a base and is a liability in pass protection.
Another player with an impressive durability track record, Isidora started 39 consecutive games at the U.
Isidora hasn’t panned out the way the Vikings had hoped. The stout guard started three of his 21 career games played over the last two seasons. Isidora played 147 snaps in his 2017 rookie season, and 214 snaps last year.
Pro Football Focus was not a fan of Isidora’s game — he allowed 11 pressures on only 145 pass blocking reps (2 sacks, 2 hits, and 7 hurries). He was PFF’s 119th-graded pass blocking guard and 38th-graded run blocking guard.
Quick Danny Isidora thread.
Wide base was the knock coming out, and it’s still robbing him of power in the pros. pic.twitter.com/KHVQplDrBf
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) August 30, 2019
After a brief run-through on the tape for these newest Miami Dolphins, my takeaway is this: Evan Boehm has a chance to be one of the top five this year and possibly carve out a long-term role with the team. His instincts, toughness and communication will go a long way with this staff, and I’m not convinced that he’s a downgrade from Daniel Kilgore.
Danny Isidora is still a work-in-progress. His technique needs refinement, he struggles with any semblance of power, and he has the look of a swing interior lineman more than a starter that can come in and contribute right away.
Local Residents Sue Miami Dolphins over F1 Race Track
This may be the last thing on the mind of Miami Dolphins fans everywhere, but there seems to be a prominent legal battle taking place in South Florida.
A new Formula 1 race track was recently approved (by a 6-6 vote) to be “built” around Hard Rock Stadium, with races beginning in 2021.
The F1 Miami Grand Prix will showcase Miami-Dade and Miami Gardens to the World. See new track below – world-class racing w/o using 199th St, and no racing during school hours. We hope the County Commission will support our effort to deliver this huge global event to you! pic.twitter.com/VqF5AnPMJT
— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel) January 21, 2020
While city officials press to approve the new track, local residents are up in arms about the potential race. F1 cars are notoriously loud, and as we mentioned above, these races aren’t contained within an arena or stadium.
City officials believe this will bring in additional revenue for Miami and the surrounding area, as annual races are expected to be held around Hard Rock Stadium for the next 10 years. The local populous is arguing that these races are too loud for local streets, and will cause an enormous amount of disturbance and will be detrimental to the environment. Overall, this will cause a “serious degrade to their quality of life.”
Just so you can have a reference, F1 engines tend to run between 130-145 decibels. If you go to a concert and stand relatively close to an amplifier, you’re only dealing with about 100-110 decibels. The average lawn mower is about 90 decibels. Needless to say, these engines are LOUD.
Unlike NASCAR, Formula 1 (F1) race tracks are essentially “created” using local roadways that are already in place. Though there is obviously a lot of preparation that goes into “creating” the course (to ensure the safety of racers and fans alike), no new venues need to be built.
With that said, the City of Miami Gardens and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross are attempting to host the race solely on Hard Rock Stadium grounds. Given Ross’ ownership in the land surrounding Hard Rock Stadium, it’s possible this race doesn’t officially occur on any public roads.
To give some background, Stephen Ross attempted to buy F1 a couple of years ago, but the sale ended up going to another group. Though he didn’t win the bid, he reached an agreement with the new owners and is now one step closer to making the Miami Grand Prix a reality.
Tom Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins, issued the following statement on behalf of the approved 6-6 decision:
— F1 Miami Grand Prix (@f1miami) February 20, 2020
This recent vote was the biggest hurdle potentially preventing the Miami Grand Prix from happening. Though the legal battles aren’t over, it seems unlikely that the decision to host F1 races will be reversed.
Miami Dolphins Sign Tight End Michael Roberts
The Miami Dolphins are beginning to bulk up the depth of their roster as they head into free agency.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed tight end Michael Roberts. The exact terms of the contract are currently unknown.
#Dolphins are signing former #Lions TE Michael Roberts, source says. Roberts had four workouts the past week and more on the docket but will sign with Miami. Missed last season with a shoulder injury that nixed a trade to the #Patriots. Healthy now. 3 TDs in 2018 and can block.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 19, 2020
Originally a 4th-round pick by the Detroit Lions, Roberts has served mostly as a backup tight end; accumulating 146 yards on 13 receptions in 23 active games between 2017-2018.
Roberts was placed on injured-reserve towards the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, and was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick prior to the 2019 season. Due to medical reasons, the trade was voided a couple of days later.
The Green Bay Packers claimed Roberts off of waivers, but he was subsequently released by the Packers two days later for failing a physical. Roberts was not active for any games in 2019.
Signing Roberts doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins aren’t going to pursue tight ends in free agency or in the draft. Mike Gesicki is the only “lock” to make the 2020 roster, as Durham Smythe‘s blocking ability might not survive if the Dolphins find themselves in an advantageous situation at the position.
Look at this as a way for Miami to get ahead of evaluations.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 13, 2019
A second Dolphins mock draft from someone who doesn’t watch football
(Locked On Dolphins) – Last week, Person A dazzled us with their blind mock draft, and now we’re back with the next entry in the series.
Person B is ready to go with their mock.
Keep in mind that all the blind mock draft contributors have little to no knowledge of the NFL.
I had all the contributors standardize their boards and the process so that everyone was on an even playing field.
They all used The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator with seven rounds, the predictive board, and had to choose the players manually.
Without further ado, here’s Person B’s mock draft.
(1) 5. Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama
(1) 18. J.K. Dobbins – RB, Ohio State
(1) 26. Terrell Lewis – Edge, Alabama
(2) 39. Lloyd Cushenberry III – iOL, LSU
(2) 56. Xavier McKinney – S, Alabama
(3) 70. Rashard Lawrence – iDL, LSU
(5) 135. Chase Claypool – WR, Notre Dame
(5) 144. Justin Herron – OT, Wake Forest
(5) 147. Terrell Burgess – S, Utah
(6) 165. Lamar Jackson – CB, Nebraska
(6) 177. Jacob Breeland – TE, Oregon
(7) 223. David Reese II – LB, Florida
As I did with Person A, I reached out to Person B to get their reasoning behind the selections.
Me: “I noticed that you took Tua [Tagovailoa]. What led you to that decision with the fifth pick?”
Person B: “I knew the Dolphins wanted to get a QB, and Tua has been talked about so much that I just went with him.”
Me: “Which of your other selections did you feel particularly good about?”
Person B: “I need you to send me the link to my draft. I forgot who I picked since it took five attempts.”
[resends mock draft to Person B]
“I like my J.K. Dobbins pick. O-H-. And Rashard Lawrence. Because I figure he’s pretty good since LSU was really good this year.”
Me: “Your picks are really good. I’d put yours ahead of Person A. But it’s almost suspiciously good. Did you put your thumb on the scale somewhere along the line?”
Person B: “Well, by my 5th attempt (1 and 2: I didn’t select manual mode, 3: I didn’t pick 7 rounds from the drop-down menu, 4: I completed, but the site froze, and I lost everything), I figured out that I should probably pick from the top of the list first because if you don’t then those players just go like hotcakes.
So, I just matched up the positions the Dolphins needed to fill with the players highest on the list, and if I recognized a name or team, I would select them over someone I had never heard of.”
Me: “OK, well, we’re all out of time. Do you have any parting messages for Dolphins fans?”
Person B: “Well, I think the Dolphins are on the right track, and I hope that all of the true blue fans who have hung in with them for all these years will get to see another Super Bowl in the near future. GO FINS!”
And that wraps things up with Person B.
What are your thoughts on Person B’s mock draft? Leave a comment or tweet your thoughts at me directly on Twitter (@DIGITYnodoubt).
Tune in next time for Person C’s mock…
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