The NFL draft has one more round to go as the sixth round is coming to an end. The Dolphins have added tackle, Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State.
The team needed to add some offensive line depth and maybe Prince can replace Ja’Wuan James at right tackle. Prince has played his whole career on the right side of line and it is something the Dolphins sorely needed.With the second to last pick, the Big Blue View community decided to address the New York Giants offensive line one more time by selecting OT Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State with the 232nd overall pick.
Prince is a long tackle at 6-foot 6 inches and with 35 1⁄2 inch arms, as well as plenty of experience blocking at Ohio State. He is not a natural knee bender and might always have to work around issues with leverage. However, if he can get those sorted out, he has some physical traits which could be worth developing. He played well at Ohio State and should get a chance to prove he can do the same at the NFL level.
The Dolphins are likely to turn to the veteran offensive line market as well, Jackson writes, adding only four players — Laremy Tunsil, Daniel Kilgore, fellow starter Jesse Davis and third-round pick Michael Deiter — are true locks to make the roster. Although Jackson adds that sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince and UFA signing Chris Reed will likely make the Dolphins as well, he notes that Miami appears ready to explore some additional help. Jared Veldheer, Donald Penn, Jermey Parnell, Mike Remmers, Andy Levitre and Stefen Wisniewski are some of the notable vets available.
Giants’ sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine did not show for their rookie minicamp this weekend. Big Blue wants the recent gunshot victim to stay in Kansas and be with family, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano (on Twitter). The Washburn-developed cornerback is expected to make a full recovery and attempt to make Big Blue’s 53-man roster — one without many surefire answers at corner.
In case you missed it, the 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away. From an Ohio State perspective, defensive end Nick Bosa looks like an all-but lock as a top-five pick, while rumors continue to fly about quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ draft position which should, regardless, still place him as the highest Buckeye quarterback taken since Art Schlichter.
However, 10 former Buckeyes in total have entered the 2019 NFL Draft. Beyond Haskins and Bosa, last season’s favorite trio of wide receivers — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — are all on the board. And if any more offensive weapons needed to be in the fray, running back Mike Weber is also in the mix. Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who anchored the defensive line after Bosa’s season-ending injury against TCU last season, looks to be an early-round pick himself, while defensive back Kendall Sheffield hopes to get picked up and bring his super-speed to the next level.
Rounding out the group of potential draftees are two offensive linemen who have started continuously for the past three seasons: Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince. Ohio State is losing most of its line due to graduation and the draft, but the biggest loss looks to be Jordan, who moved from right guard to center this past season. Jordan is foregoing his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes, which makes sense given that he looks to be the fourth-best guard in the draft according to ESPN.
The simplest answer is no. Unfortunately the Miami Dolphins did not do enough to improve their offensive line but that may not have been the immediate goal from this years draft.
The addition of Michael Dieter and Isaiah Prince are both solid additions with Dieter likely to be a day one starter. He will need to improve for the next level but he has the tools and the athleticism to be a solid guard.
For now he will be penciled in to play the left side but he has experience at both guard positions and at center. A physical player with a lot of upside, Dieter just needs to take the next step and he should under good coaching.
Isaiah Prince on the other hand has a lot of work to do to get to an NFL level at right tackle. He has serious problems in his game from balance and leverage issues but he has the talent to be good once he gets coached up and learns the NFL level.
For the Dolphins, aside from a couple of undrafted free agent signings, the offensive line is going to be pieced together in 2019. Jesse Davis will anchor the right side and while he has a lot of potential, he needs to be more consistent. The Dolphins believe he can handle the right side and if he can, the problem on the right side could be solved.
The Dolphins are rebuilding and the draft didn’t exactly lay out the way it could have for the team. The addition of Josh Rosen took up a draft selection spot that could have been used on an offensive lineman but passing on the value that Rosen could give the team was hard to do.