The Dolphins have not had luck when drafting guards. Jermon Bushrod, 34 years old, was good in his first year with the Dolphins but now, he is faltering. On the other side, Anthony Steen has been decent, but he does not possess the size and quickness to be a starting guard in the NFL. Isaac Asiata was drafted as a bruising guard but he will likely see little to no playing time this season. He might be a potential force in the future but he is an unknown.
This is where Quenton Nelson comes in to the equation. Standing at 6’5, 325 pounds, the Notre Dame guard looks to be a promising talent. Nelson was named a Second Team All-American in 2016 by both Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press. He has shown versatility during his college career as in his sophomore year, he played his natural position of left guard in which he helped Notre Dame become the 27th overall offense in the country. In 2016, his junior year, he played left tackle where he was named an All-American.
Nelson would be a welcomed addition to the Dolphins offensive line. He would be a good addition in the 1st round or even the 2nd round, if he fell that far. Scouts have him ranked as the No.1 offensive guard in the draft and this could be something that makes him hard for the Dolphins to get. However, he is projected as a mid round pick in the 1st, which would be a prime spot for the Fins, whether that be the Dolphins fall short of the Playoffs or the Dolphins make the Playoffs and trade up a couple of spots.
This selection of Quenton Nelson is very feasible and if the front office looks at priorities, they will see that replacing Bushrod is a necessity and needs to be addressed.
PROJECTION: Round 1 – Pick #15-25
UPDATE: Round 1 – Pick #8-15