Super Duper Club
- Feb 8, 2005
- Reaction score
- Las Vegas
Last week Prince looked better than any point at Ohio State. He obviously has done some targeted conditioning work. More lean and athletic looking. It's the first time I've seen him look like a normal athlete and not a total disconnect between upper body and lower body.If Prince pans out we might not need to go tackle at all in the first 2 rounds.
Still, we're talking degrees. Prince looked superior than the Davenport guy who came from Houston. But all 5 players on the current Ohio State offensive line look superior to Prince, and many by wide margin.
In general I'm not a fan of devoting first round picks to offensive line. It has been a recent overreaction. Those guys are typically the weakest athletes on the team. It would be like drafting a shot putter to start a track and field roster. Offensive line is known for smart late blooming technicians, but guys who already have sufficient athletic ability. The early '70s glory years were loaded with that type. Just because the recent Dolphin picks have flopped doesn't mean you throw out a half century of logic and desperately believe it has to be first round. Players like Mason and Thuney and Armstead settle into 2nd through 6th round range. No reason the Dolphins can't begin identifying that caliber.
Deiter is okay but you'd prefer a more nimble higher upside guy. I was surprised they made such a safe pick but it seemed to be the trend in that draft. Christian Wilkins in the first round was a decent selection but difficult to see him becoming a star. Slimm posted recently it's like a half player. As I posted after that draft, my pick would have been Dexter Lawrence. He is a superior athlete to Wilkins by considerable margin and was rated above Wilkins at almost every stage of their careers. Only the bowl suspension and related adjustments shoved Wilkins alongside in the late going. Like so many prior examples, the Dolphins preferred late conventional wisdom to long term. I will never agree with that. Right now Lawrence is being extremely disruptive and is Pro Football Focus' 4th highest rated rookie. According to PFF, Lawrence since week one is second in interior pressure rate only to Calais Campbell.