The Miami Dolphins have selected former Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter with the 78th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Deiter (6-5, 309 pounds) is the latest in a long line of Wisconsin blockers to land in the NFL after a successful college career. He won all-conference honors in each of his first four seasons, capped by earning first-team All-American accolades and claiming the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year Award as a senior.
With 54 starts, only former Ohio State center Billy Price (55) started more in Big Ten history. He started every game of his career, including 24 starts at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle. After starting at left tackle as a junior, he moved to left guard as a senior.
Deiter has position versatility and has played well in a pro-style scheme that routinely cranks out ready-made blockers. Power or zone, Deiter should fit. In the run game, he helped power one of college football elite backs in Jonathan Taylor. Deiter is an elite run blocker, with the ability to get to linebackers and punish them. In the passing game, he allowed one sack and nine total pressures with an immobile, slumping quarterback. A four-year starter, he’s played almost 3,800 snaps.
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With a new head coach in Brian Flores, the Miami Dolphins are in the middle of a rebuilding mode. Former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill is no longer the quarterback, and veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is now leading the offense into 2019. That being said, Fitzmagic has been inconsistent throughout his career, so it’s unclear how long he will last in the starting rotation.
For the rest of the offense, this team could use another player to pair with Kenyan Drake in the rushing attack, and the Dolphins need a true top-tier tight end. The offensive line could also use some more competitors. There are plenty of needs that must be addressed all over this roster.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins need to continue building up the secondary in an effort to slow down Josh Allen and the Bills, Tom Brady and the Patriots, and Sam Darnold and the Jets. Miami ranked 21st against the pass and 29th in total yards allowed, and this team needs to find some top-tier talent to address these issues. Fortunately, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins may just be the man for the job. The former Clemson defender landed with the Dolphins at 13th overall, and he will be expected to make a major impact in his first season.
With the Patriots leading the division and two other rising teams in the Bills and Jets, the road back to the playoffs won’t be easy, but the Dolphins have faith that Flores is the man to lead the charge into the future. Although the draft haul will play a major role in the future success.
If there has been one constant for the Wisconsin Badgers football program since Paul Chryst took over in 2015, it has been Michael Deiter. The four-year starter has maybe the most well-rounded playing experience of any offensive lineman in this draft class.
Starting at left guard for most of his redshirt freshman year, he ended the season at center due to the injury to Dan Voltz. In 2016, he started at center and left guard. In 2017, he took one for the team and started all 14 games at left tackle, but last season he moved back to left guard for all 13 games. Wow.
The first Wisconsin player came off the board 23 picks later when the Miami Dolphins took offensive lineman Michael Deiter with the 14th pick of the third round.
Deiter started a school-record 54 games at UW, showing his durability. But versatility is also an asset. Deiter started 24 games at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle.
Four quality starters left this offseason, and three are set to be selected in this week’s NFL Draft, which runs Thursday-Saturday in Nashville.
Guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel and tackle David Edwards started a combined 134 games for the Badgers over the past four years, and by week’s end they could prove to make up the most impressive draft class of offensive linemen at a program renowned for churning out NFL-caliber players at the position.
“I think they’re in that second-, third-round discussion,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper said in February. “I think all those kids are going to go high. Wisconsin’s offensive line history speaks for itself.”
That history, as rich as it is, hasn’t included what Kiper and others believe could be possible over the next two days.
The Badgers have never placed three offensive linemen in the first three rounds of the same draft. While odds remain quite high that at least one slips into Day 3 (Rounds 4-7), Deiter, Benzschawel and Edwards will almost certainly become the first trio of UW offensive linemen to be drafted in the same year since 2011.