Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dolphins owner: 'We'll get a right tackle in the draft'


Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn't necessarily a football guy, but he's in tune enough to know that his team's offensive line is incomplete.

Ross assured Sunday, however, that he isn't worried, as he expects the powers that be to handle it "the right way." He then disclosed a sliver of the blueprint.

"We'll get a right tackle in the draft and then we'll see what else he have to get," Ross said, via The Miami Herald.

The Dolphins entered the offseason with just one returner on the (starting) offensive line in place: center Mike Pouncey. Miami made some swift moves to shore up the unit, signing left tackle Branden Albert on the first day of free agency and acquiring left guard Shelly Smith a week later.

But the team still has yet to fill out the right side.

It has been assumed the Dolphins would target an offensive lineman -- most likely a right tackle -- in the draft, and Ross' statement proves it all but a guarantee. The question is, how early?

This year's draft is deep in offensive linemen, but guard and tackle are the team's main priorities. They could use some competition/depth at other positions, namely tight end and running back, and there's always the chance that they simply go the best-player-available route in the first round.

There is still the outside shot the Dolphins bring back veteran Tyson Clabo or Bryant McKinnie to man the right tackle spot while getting a mid-rounder up to speed.

They could also fill the right guard void, at least temporary, internally with Dallas Thomas. Not that that would be ideal.

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